If someone walked up to me and asked me to account for my time for the next six months I would be horrified. Not just because a strange human had spoken to me but because I find that level of planning delightful and terrifying.
The way my brain works, for better and for worse, means that some things “Definitely must be planned.” and other things “Absolutely can be changed.”
When I get an idea in my head I tend to do whatever possible to make that happen. A prime example is the 40 or so hours between my thinking about shaving my head and my doing so. Not the worst choice I’ve made, but the point remains the same.
Accounting for a somewhat ineffectual and often erratic brain can be really challenging. Making a work plan for something like a masters thesis allows you to account for lots of things, like illness or vacation. But, how do you build in time for other, less visible hurdles?
Like most things in life, there isn’t really an equation for invisible illnesses.
Assume you will spend X weeks doing mania induced work that will be illegible and wildly off topic.
Add to that the X number of days you will be unable to leave your house or contemplate anything beyond your own insignificance.
It’s also a bit defeating to plan for your own highs and lows. What is the difference between experience based planning and catastrophizing? Unfortunately, I don’t think this is an answerable question. I think all I can do is try to make the best possible plan and purchase a large fuzzy blanket to live in. Perhaps some chocolate.