On Linux Unplugged and Coder Radio, @ChrisLAS has recently been espousing the virtues of having a “structure” to daily life, be it self imposed, or through the necessity of living by other’s rules. The argument goes that having clearly defined activities and a requirement to undertake those tasks at predefined times (i.e. a routine), increases productivity, improves health and a promotes a sense of well being.
Others claim to be better able to thrive in a disordered environment and enjoy the freedom from being rule bound. They argue that the lack of restriction allows for energies to be focused on whichever activity motivates them at the time and allows the necessary space for creativity to flourish.
Order or chaos: Is either a better path to a “good life”?
Is one of the above lifestyles generally a better path to a “good life” (define that how you will - perhaps achieving goals and ambitions, fulfilling a purpose, providing contentment and happiness)? If so, which?
Or, does it all depend on your individual personality, your circumstances (job, role, etc), or what you’re trying to accomplish at the time?