We are to economize on time, protect time, save time, conserve time, and work quickly but less is said about using time. I stayed up late last night writing a draft that I had to be in an altered state of sorts to write because in order to write it, I was going to have to open files I do not like to look at because they contain texts I should have finished long since.
I slept late and then spent the entire afternoon and evening revising this text. Now it is much improved, although still not ideal, and doing it and looking at the documents I had not wanted to open I got much clearer on my manuscript structure. I had a nice time, the prose is much nicer and the ideas are sharper, and I was relaxed working on it in a way I have not been relaxed working on something of my own in a very long time.
I was of course avoiding housework and class preparation, and these things are still not done. I had the impression I was acting like a graduate student or a new assistant professor, undertaking a research project as one can do when one does not yet have adult responsibilities (this is how I have learned to think of things). But I think it is better to use time than to try to shrink-wrap it or save it.