Recap of Scheduling Experiment

First, I’m not sure why I called it a scheduling experiment because I didn’t actually experiment with my schedule. The process did, however, give me key insights that helped me study for finals more effectively and will allow me to be more efficient with my time going forward.

One of the key takeaways, evident by my waking up by 8am even during Thanksgiving break, is that I’m a morning person. I’ve known this for a while but haven’t been strategic enough with this information until now. To most college students, that would mean scheduling 8am or 8:30am classes. I did that this semester, but for next semester I’m doing the opposite. I have all but one of my classes after 10am with four classes not starting until 4pm. I realized that being in an 8am class is a waste of my most creative, productive time that I could be using on actually studying for the class or working on one of my many side projects.

This same thought process goes for email. Most days, I used to check my email when I woke up and then several other times throughout the day. But rarely is an email ever that valuable or urgent. From now on, I’m going to try to wait until lunch to respond to emails, so I can spend more time on the stuff that matters.

One of those things I want to spend more time on is creating and sticking to a morning success ritual, a routine I start every morning with allowing for an energetic and positive day. My morning success ritual will start with meditation, a thirty-minute workout (something I’ve been terribly inconsistent with), and a solid breakfast. I really think this change will be for the better, and I can’t wait to see the benefits I can reap from it.


Scheduling Experiment Day 7: Sunday

  • 8am Wake Up
  • 8-8:20am Work-out
  • 8:20-8:45am Shower
  • 8:45-9am Breakfast
  • 9-10am Project Passion email to Fede
  • 10-10:30am time wasting
  • 10:30-11:30am scholarship essay
  • 11:30-12pm lunch
  • 12-12:45pm scholarship essay
  • 12:45-1pm financials
  • 1-1:40pm optimize application
  • 1:40-2pm packing & reading
  • 2:10-4:10pm driving
  • 4:10-4:30pm unpacking
  • 4:30-5pm 2 mile run
  • 5-5:20pm shower
  • 5:30-6pm dinner
  • 6-8pm OptiMize application
  • 8-8:20pm chat w/ roommate
  • 8:30-9pm Submitting scholarship application
  • 9-10:30pm Accounting FSA Project
  • 10:30-11:30 Class Scheduling
  • 11:30-12:30am Project Passion scheduling
  • 12:30am Bed

Scheduling Experiment Day 6: Saturday

  • 8am Wake Up
  • 8-8:15am Laundry
  • 8:15-8:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:10am Sitting Around
  • 9:15-9:45am Haircut
  • 9:45-10:15am Library
  • 10:15-10:30am More Food
  • 10:30-11:30am Finish Laundry, Grooming & Shower
  • 11:30-11:50am Lunch
  • 12-1:45pm Hanging w/ Batch watching the UM game
  • 2-4pm Project Passion work w/ Fede
  • 4:45-6:15pm Church
  • 6:30-8:30pm Dinner w/ Adams family
  • 8:30-9:20pm Note recording of book
  • 9:30-10:30pm Ping Pong w/ Jesse
  • 10:45-12:30am Watch TV

Scheduling Experiment Day 5: Friday

  • 9:10am Wake Up
  • 9:10-9:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 Project Passion email
  • 10:30-10:55am Shower
  • 11-12pm Movie & Email
  • 12-12:30pm Lunch
  • 12:30-4pm Movie/Email/Reading
  • 4-11pm Movie/Scholarship Essay/Dinner & Dessert
  • 11-11:30pm Reading
  • 11:45pm Bed

Scheduling Experiment Day 4: Thursday

  • 8am Wake Up
  • 8:20-8:45am Reading
  • 8:45-9am Breakfast
  • 9-9:15am Reading
  • 9:15-10:15am Family time/Relaxing
  • 10:30-11am Shower
  • 11-12pm Awesome Initiative planning
  • 12-12:30pm Thanksgiving prep
  • 12:30-10:30pm Family/Food/Relaxing/Games/Movie
  • 10:30-11pm Project Passion
  • 11-11:30pm Book Search
  • 11:30pm Bed

Scheduling Experiment Day 3: Wednesday, November 26

  • 8:25am Wake Up
  • 8:30-10:15am Lifeguarding
  • 10:20-10:55am Breakfast & Shower
  • 11-12:30pm Class
  • 12:45-1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:30-1:45pm Packing
  • 1:50-3:45pm Driving
  • 4pm Home
  • 4:30-5pm Reading
  • 5-5:30pm Nap
  • 5:30-5:45pm Reading
  • 6-11pm Family time, Dinner, & Movie
  • 11-11:20pm Reading

Scheduling Experiment Day 2: Tuesday, November 25th

  • 7:45am Wake up
  • 7:45-8am Get ready
  • 8-8:25am breakfast
  • 8:30-10am class
  • 10-10:30am email
  • 10:40-11:30am accounting practice
  • 11:30-1pm class
  • 1:15-1:50pm lunch
  • 1:50-2:45pm nap
  • 2:45-3:30pm reading
  • 3:30-5pm Account practice problems & project
  • 5-6:20pm Project Passion work
  • 6:30-7:20pm Dinner
  • 7:30-9pm Email/Project Passion/To-Do List
  • 9-9:45pm Reading
  • 10-12am Tennis
  • 12:30am Bed

Schedule Day 1: Monday, Nov. 24

  • 7:45am Wake up
  • 7:45-8:30am Get ready, breakfast, walking
  • 8:30-10:25am Lifeguarding
  • 10:25-10:50am Email & To-Do List
  • 11-2:30pm Class
  • 2:30-3pm Lunch
  • 3-3:30pm 2.5 mile run
  • 3:30-4pm Shower & Walking
  • 4-5:30pm Class
  • 5:40-6:25pm Dinner
  • 6:30-7:30pm Accounting Tutoring Session & HW
  • 7:45-8:55pm Accounting Group Project
  • 9-9:35pm Project Passion/rEDesign meeting
  • 9:50-10:30pm Team Building Activity research
  • 10:30-11:30pm Grant Proposal research
  • 11:30-11:50pm Perusing Ross Alumni Directory
  • 11:50-12:10am Reading
  • 12:10am Sleep

Scheduling Experiment

Over the next week, I will be recording and publicizing my daily schedule on here as part of a group experiment initiated by people from the Thiel Summit community. I’m excited and interested to do this so I can learn from others and see how to make the most out of my day. Here goes nothing.


Project Passion

This post will serve as an introduction for Project Passion, an extracurricular program to help high school students discover and pursue their passions. It’s an idea I had last winter and have been developing with a couple of friends since then. We’re piloting the program at Lakeview High School (our former high school). So far, we’ve raised $1850 of our $5000 budget; we’ve promoted the program at the school and are now starting to get more involved with the actual program and its related student activities. Our website is: and we also recently finished a video presenting the premise of Project Passion. See it here:

I will continue to make posts about the developments of Project Passion. If you are interested you can also subscribe to the email list via our website. We send out updates once a month.