874: Time Management

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Time Management
I never trust anyone who's more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.
Title text: I never trust anyone who's more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.


In the first two panels we see snippets from Cueball's blog explaining the importance of time management and its benefits. The schedule on the wall is a direct contradiction to the initial ideas and follows a very simple plan for the day, making willpower only seem necessary for getting up on time and posting on his blog, leaving the rest of the day to do whatever he wants.

The title text explains what the schedule is about, possibly alluding that Cueball's goal in life is to be successful at messing around, not actually being successful at what would in common be considered someone would do to become successful.


[Cueball sits at a desk with a computer. There's a schedule on the wall next to it. Cueball is typing.]
The key to leading a productive life is time management.
type type
Choose goals, build a schedule, and have the WILLPOWER to follow it-
or be LEFT BEHIND by those of us who DO.
type type type
[We see the schedule in closeup.]
7:00am Wake up
7:15am-8:00am Post on productivity blogs about my schedule
8:00am-whenever Fuck around

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The last sentence in the explanation was accidentally. I can't heads or tails out it. Cflare (talk) 14:49, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

I was supposed to take a friend to the eye hospital today.

   9:30am Wake up 
   11:15am got up
   1:36pm-realised I'd fucked around on the computer replying to stupid comic talk pages all morning
   2:00pm Arrive at friend's house as taxi turns out of street.
   2:30pm Back on http://www.explainxkcd.com

Sorry Paul.

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 23:59, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Why does the link on Eliezer Yudkowsky's name go to Harry Potter fanfiction? --Rippedorigami (talk) 22:30, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

No where is it indicated that Cueball is posting on his own blogs so made the changes that he is posting on blogs in general. Would be different if the schedule said something like Post on my blog, but since it does not and refers to blogs as plural as most do not have duplicate blogs covering the same topics. 12:12, 16 August 2017 (UTC)