One of the great misconceptions of traditional time management techniques is that a time deadline generates motivation (intention, will, will power). It does not. In fact it is counterproductive. It generates instead a very destructive stress for anyone touching the time line. It generates rebellion, frustration, and a sense of impending failure primarily because natural desire is not respected and a superficial one imposed. If you think you can completely know the future (anticipate every event in the merciless queue) or have considered every detail of a proposed action, then you are arrogant beyond belief. It is an antithesis to think one can conquer the unanticipated. If you were to honestly allot time to the unknown, the forgotten, the unanticipated and general human frailties, your schedule would be laughed out of existence. This is tantamount to failure of the highest sort. Why do you think they are often referred to as “drop dead” dates? How does one coordinate a large group to work together without time deadlines? Go back to the beginning and re-read. If you haven’t grasped how to do it by now, you shouldn’t be in charge of anything
You can’t frost and box every cake that comes along. But by applying a carefully constructed and practiced process of thought-Intention-action-reaction you can link together enough non-contiguous events from the larger sequence to form a successful outcome, i.e. one focuses on the cakes one CAN frost and box satisfactorily. It starts with a good understanding of desire and how it relates to available resources, dependencies, and time allotments, whether imposed or self-imposed. This takes experience. How do you get experience? Fail. If there isn’t room for failure in your life, then you must start from the top with the most important and comprehensive element, thought. Think long and hard about it.
THE RECOMMENDED PROCESS
In developing these thoughts I have begun to use a thought list that outlines contemplated actions. It is a list of items I would like to insert into the queue of life events, i.e. cakes that I would like to frost and box. The items are roughly in order of priority and dependency. I wish to develop the list further to include the Intention, action, and reaction parts. There are no time allocations.
The list is a rolling list, meaning that a date is attached when the thought is recorded and when the task is completed so I can look back at say, a month, and see what tasks were completed when and how long from the original thought. Each month the list is examined for completed items and moved into that month’s archive. Over time, this has the benefit of anticipating more accurately how long it takes to complete something. The weakness here is that it assumes uniformity in the sequence and timing of the un-recordable larger event queue of which these actions were a part.
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