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It's all about the Benjamins

February 12, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Looking around at my chaotic desk and the scrawled on day book and notice board front and left of me (respectively) I often think I should be more organised. 

A man who did get a lot done is Benjamin Franklin. He invented Bifocals, lightening rods, was a founding father of America, had an illegitimate son and even got his face on the £100 bill.

This was a man with a plan, a daily plan it would seem, according to lifehacker

Further to his daily plan he lived by 13 virtues:

  1. "Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."
  2. "Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation."
  3. "Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time."
  4. "Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."
  5. "Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing."
  6. "Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions."
  7. "Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly."
  8. "Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."
  9. "Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve."
  10. "Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation."
  11. "Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable."
  12. "Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation."
  13. "Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."

So that my friends is how you get things done. I'd struggle with 2. I'm chatty. 3. You really should see my desk and for that matter so should I, alas it is covered by a great number of half finished projects and coffee cups. Perhaps I'll clear it a little and find places for things. 6. Better uninstall Ingress from my phone again. Would be happier doing that when I hit level 8 though, that harks back to 4. 12. Benjamin didn't do so well with that one it seems.

 

 




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