The process of time allotment is itself an action subject to the thought—intention—action—reaction process. In short, time allotment is an action applied to a set of future events and actions the order of which are either controlled by desire or are uncontrollable. This makes it very circular and unstable and, I dare say, an uncontrollable action overall. Successful time allotment is extremely rare because it must take into consideration the over all effect of a stream of anticipated events that are not controllable and tries to allow for the unexpected, i.e. a contingency. Oh to be able to see the future. But how far would be necessary?
Another irrefutable notion to consider when planning actions is that any sequence of actions stems from a previous set of actions. We call this required priority, “dependency”. Some events or actions MUST happen before it is possible to begin or complete other actions. These prerequisites are very often external to the earliest stages of action management, desire, and sometimes thought, and always long before time allocation. “I desire to buy this but I don’t have enough money.” Or “I didn’t know we had to do that first.” The notion of dealing with events in discreet independency is ludicrous. Yet people destroy themselves and their businesses trying to do so. The notion of dependency or prerequisites requires time consuming careful thought with a high degree of desire (priority). Allow plenty for it when allocating time, when the time allocation is necessary.
By the way, successful action planning is not dependent upon pre-meditated time allotments. In fact, the whole process of planned actions is put at risk by predicating time allotments in any amount. Even the most highly skilled are so poor at gathering related time-consuming elements (thoughts or actions) from the streaming queue of events, so poor at knowing the future, and so poor at assigning desire (priority), that time allotments and “It will be finished by…” predictions are mostly and hopelessly inaccurate. Think of Murphy’s Laws. This leads to continuously adjusted schedules and frustrations of “I’m ready, why aren’t you?” One of my pet peeves is the excuse, “I didn’t have time for it.” What is really meant is that it didn’t have high enough priority, or I didn’t desire to do it, i.e. I’m really bad at sorting. Imposed deadlines lead to stress and all its related damage. Careless and unreasonable time and resource allocations are particularly destructive. I believe that a focus upon the root desire in the midst of imposed time pressure can bypass a lot of stress. If it doesn’t you should extract yourself immediately from the situation. Accepting one’s limitations in view of available resources is a key element of successfully daisy-chaining thought, Intention, action and reaction.