Ben Franklin took 2-hour lunches, thanks to time blocking

The Fourth of July holiday reminds me of my favorite section of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.

Mr. Franklin was a prolific writer, inventor, scientist, and one of the authors of America’s Declaration of Independence. And he had time for a two-hour lunch every day. How in the world?!

He used time blocking. Check out his daily schedule:

Benefits of time blocking:

  • No more working from email
  • You have a clear plan for your day
  • You chunk similar tasks

Did you also catch Franklin’s morning and evening self-reflection questions?

  • “What good shall I do this day?”
  • “What good have I done to-day?”

If you’d like to read Franklin’s autobiography, here’s an online version courtesy of Project Gutenberg.