The bigger question is whether time management is something you need to improve. The "Friends" part of your brain sounds quite fundamental, why tamper with it? Don’t think all that Bruckner stuff, or for that matter the Journal of Law and Economics, beats a good TV show. (Even Nigerian movies can be worse than Law and Order, believe it or not!) Cost-benefit analysis suggests that acceptance will come easier than change.
It sounds as if you are already an expert consumer, and indeed consumption is the ultimate goal of economic activity.
Being "completely rational" would be a high form of hell. Tyler tells me that his high levels of cultural consumption are his form of irrationality, not the contrary. And most of his activities are quite passive; he has never been in a kayak, refuses to go "natural diving," and surely blogging does not compare with building a software company or hunting a boar. Don’t confuse a restless nature with seizing life by the throat and living it to the fullest (although, of course, some people do both, including Tyler). In any case the key is to enjoy and indeed cultivate the irrationalities you have (indeed that is all you have), at least provided they do not become destructive vis-a-vis other people.
Trudie again thanks Tim Harford for pioneering the concept of economic advice; Tyler has added Tim’s website to the Interesting People roll on the left hand side of this blog.