Constant moderate perspirations through sharp exercise seem to be putting me into form. Yesterday was a proper sort of day for my trade. 400 words before breakfast. After breakfast, newspapers, cigar. Then 800 words. Then dictation of letters. A few 'Muller' exercises.
A quarter of an hour in the garden. A section of Lavisse's "Histoire Generale". Lunch. Flaubert's correspondence. Sleep. Early tea. In car with Marriott to Landermere to make a watercolour - 4 to 6 o'clock.
Car came back to fetch our things. We walked home. Over two miles mostly uphill and ever rough ground, in 29 minutes. profuse perspiration. Change. Bath. Dinner. Champagne. Cigar. Coffee. Bed at 10 pm and a very fairish night. Absolutely no time at all cut to waste between 7 am and 7.30 pm, when we dine.
I can always do more work when I have many other things on hand, and when I am following a programme that is rather a tight fit for the day.
In my book "How to live on 24 hours a day" (1910) I addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In my view, these workers put in eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, at jobs they did not enjoy, and at worst hated. They worked to make a living, but their daily existence consisted of waking up, getting ready for work, working as little as possible during the work day, going home, unwinding, going to sleep, and repeating the process the next day. In short, he didn't believe they were really living. I addressed this problem by urging these "salarymen" to seize their extra time, and make the most of it to improve themselves. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, by waking up early, and on the ride to work, on the way home from work, in the evening hours, and especially during the weekends. During this time, I prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline. I regard time as the most precious of commodities. Many books have been written on how to live on a certain amount of money each day and there is the old adage "time is money" but, though time can often produce money, money cannot produce more time. Time is extremely limited, and I urged others to make the best of the time remaining in their lives. In bursts I try to practice What I preach!