7/12: the bases strategy
Years ago I needed to find a way to balance my time during the summers, and I developed the idea of bases: every day I tried to do at least one thing in four different categories (professional, house/self, exercise, contact with the outside world). For a few summers I held myself to this plan pretty strictly. Recently I've been more flexible, though I've found that on most week-days I tend to touch all the bases without having to think about it. On days when I'm feeling a little low in spirit or otherwise aimless, returning to the bases really helps. Today was one such day, and I was grateful for the minimal structure which the bases provided. It really kept me from spinning out and down.