Well, I can tell you one thing — the 8-to-9:30 p.m. timeslot is a definite creative peak.

The trouble is that I can’t fit two things into that timeslot.

I can’t give my full-all to Ravel with L and then go write a 1,200-word blog post.

Plus, I think L and I are going to want the full evening slot for our music. The whole “We’re learning so much together, and I want to keep going more than anything, but I have to stop now to go do this blog” lasted for exactly one night.

So I reconfigured again, by which I mean “I basically put my schedule back the way it was WITH ONE MAJOR CHANGE which was adding the nap.”

(Because peak performers [who can set their own schedules] nap, whether they’re freelancers or musicians or teachers or, in my case, all of the above.)

Here’s how I’ve time-blocked my day:

7:00-8:30: Wake up, yoga, ablutions

8:30-9:00: Breakfast with L

9:00-10:30: Practice the piano

10:30-12:00: Work

12:00-12:30: Lunch (generally on my own, sometimes while simultaneously studying a chess game)

12:30-2:00: Work

2:00-2:30: NAP TIME (I’d tell you how I nap but it’s essentially the same way everyone else does)

2:30-4:00: Work

4:00-5:00: Walk, weights, or bike depending on the weather

5:00-7:00: Cooking, wine, dinner with L

7:00-8:00: Restful break before rehearsal (generally, watching one episode of whatever series we’re in the middle of)

8:00-9:30: Rehearse La Valse

9:30-11:00: Relax, read, etc. etc. etc. until bedtime

It is interesting how much of these slots fall into 90-minute chunks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the human brain works best in 90-minute chunks, but I’m not going to look it up right now.

Instead, I’m going to tell you WHERE I GOT PUBLISHED THIS WEEK:


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