Gretchen Rubin

Samuel Johnson’s to-do list: get up early, shop, get organized…and “scheme life.”

I revere Samuel Johnson and Benjamin Franklin as the two patron saints of those who make resolutions.

I laughed aloud this morning when I read Samuel Johnson's diary entry for his 51st birthday in September 1760. He has a long list of resolutions, and he concludes with four resolutions to begin at once:

To morrow
Rise as early as I can.
Send for books for Hist. of war.
Put books in order.
Scheme life.

I see that he followed one of my own principles, which is to make sure that every to-do list has one item that can be done fairly quickly. "Scheme life" might take some time, however.

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