One unit, two unit, three unit, four

Life is, predictably, very busy at the moment and instead of flailing around as I make my way through a day, I’ve had to start thinking in the morning: “This is what I have to achieve today, how will I fit it in?”

That means a bit of forward planning, which in turn means that Hugh Grant was right all along with his system, highlighted in About a Boy.

I find the key is to think of a day as units of time, each unit consisting of no more than thirty minutes.

Full hours can be a little bit intimidating and most activities take about half an hour.

Taking a bath: one unit, watching countdown: one unit, web-based research: two units, exercising: three units, having my hair carefully disheveled: four units.

It’s amazing how the day fills up, and I often wonder, to be absolutely honest, if I’d ever have time for a job; how do people cram them in?