Result #335: I loopholed myself into a success with this one by giving up on making plans altogether.

#335: Take a year off from scheduling things at times divisible by five.


Date: 12-1-2014

Due Date: 12-1-2015

The Resolution: Have a weird thing with time. I don't like to leave the apartment unless I leave at the exact time time is divisible by five. Until my job was a five minute walk away my mental hang up was to wait for the clock to hit a quarter of the hour to leave.

How do you break a strange habit?

By creating an even stranger habit!

For the next year, if I have any say in what time something goes down, I will select a time that is not divisible by five.

Looks like I'll have to start getting excited about 4:21.

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 12-1-2015


A year ago today I resolved to stop making plans for times that were divisible by 5. I was still working at the drug store at the time so I had to make plans for by coworkers every now and again. Each time I did make a plan I would say something like, "Could you make the announcement that we are closing somewhere about 9:43."

No one even batted an eye.

Since leaving that job and and moving home to work for myself, I've stopped hanging out with people and set my own schedule so I've found that I rarely talk about time at all.

It's a mixed blessing to not have to worry about time. Yeah, it is nice to live by my terms but I don't really have the financial freedom to do anything with this open schedule, leading life to feel a bit limbo-like since nothing seems to matter and all I do with my time is work toward creating a better future for myself.

Though I hope this will pay off in the long run I feel like I'm miles away from seeing any benefits.

Maybe some day I'll be able to live a life where time doesn't matter in a positive way but until then I will consider this current time of struggle to be a success because I at least feel like I'm on the right track even if no one seems to understand what I'm up to.