Throughout the articles on time budgeting, I was looking for a good wording for what I intuitively felt was a relevant and value added approach. Then I read this article on brainpickings.org, which words it in the most excellent and eloquent manner possible. In the words of Annie Dillard in her book “The Writing Life”:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.
The original article can be found here, at the brainpickings.org website, an excellent analysis by Maria Popova. Do look at that site for other publications as well. Mrs. Popova writes great articles.