Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I measure progress?”
“There are many metrics you can use. One of them is time.
Robert Greene makes a wonderful distinction between dead time and alive time. I find it a useful dichotomy.
How much time are you killing every day?
You can use the two as a measuring – and contrasting – tool by thinking of them as a daily ratio (dead-time/alive-time ratio).
As concerns alive time, the Pareto Principle (80/20) is another useful dichotomy. A small number of things disproportionately contribute to your overall well-being and sense of Meaning.
How much time are you dedicating to your 20% every day?
You can use 80/20 as a measuring tool as well by turning it into a daily ratio (80-time/20-time ratio).”
“What about the time that is not in your control?”
“Turn all the time you can control, however little, into 20-time.
Turn all the time you can’t control into alive time.”