Your typical waking day has about 1,000 minutes, as blogger Tim Urban writes in Wait But Why. Urban loves to analyse his time by breaking it into chunks, to <measure a human life in weeks, or to calculate how many times he’ll see his parents before they die. Yeah, his thought experiments can get heavy fast. His 1,000 minutes calculation inspired 144blocks, a web tool for scheduling out your time in 10-minute blocks.
The popular response, from Metafilter readers and some Lifehacker staffers, was “that sounds stressful!” Which is what makes it an interesting exercise. If your days are getting away from you, and a normal calendar is just another promise to break, maybe this is what you need to shock your system.
Or maybe you want to break free of the assumption that everything should start on the hour. You want to be one of those clever people who arrives at restaurants ten minutes early. You want to end every meeting with “I’ll give you back your time.” You know that you could finish a two-hour project in 100 minutes if you push yourself. Micromanage yourself and see how many minutes you can save up.