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« Review of the Systems: AF4 (Revised) | Main | Review of the Systems: AF4-3T »
Friday
Jan282011

Review of the Systems: SuperFocus

The rules for SuperFocus can be found by clicking here.

Brief Summary

SuperFocus is basically AF1 with a second column added for unfinished and urgent tasks.

Advantages

As in AF4-3T the emphasis is on finishing tasks. However it is more flexible and doesn’t slow down to the same extent when a number of longer tasks are being processed at the same time. It also allows urgent tasks to be done quickly.

Disadvantages

It can become rather directionless with a lack of proper balance between the two columns on the page. These disadvantage will be overcome by the forthcoming v. 3.

Conclusion

At the moment SuperFocus suffers from some disadvantages, but when the new v. 3 is released in the near future it will be the perfect time management system.

Reader Comments (20)

So, i take it that you are not going to improve AR4R, as you stated you would do after the revision of SuperFocus. I guess this has answered all of your questions, so that a revision of AF4R is unnecessary, correct?

Matt
January 28, 2011 at 23:54 | Registered Commenter2mc
Wow Mark, that is a bold statement! Looking forward to seeing it!
January 29, 2011 at 8:20 | Registered Commenterleon
Matt:

I can't remember where I said that I would improve AF4R - no doubt you'll tell me!

As far as I'm concerned the new revision of the SuperFocus instructions achieves everything I want in a time management system, so I don't plan to do any more developing after they've been published.
January 29, 2011 at 11:09 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
If the claim proves true or mostly so, I think it will be a good thing for the community. The present diversity is, I think, more than we need

I also find the wait healthy. It's good for everyone to more fully understand - in practise- the strengths and weaknesses of the present systems.
January 29, 2011 at 13:37 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Alan:

<< The present diversity is, I think, more than we need >>

You will appreciate that I've had a very definite goal in mind in developing all these systems, which is to develop a system which gives the perfect balance between easy and difficult tasks, and urgent and non-urgent tasks.
January 29, 2011 at 13:56 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I certainly do appreciate that. No complaints, just eager to see the community converge.
January 29, 2011 at 15:04 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Mark:

> Matt:
> I can't remember where I said that I would improve AF4R
> - no doubt you'll tell me!

But of course I will! :-)

January 17, 2011 at 22:08 | Mark Forster
Comment on "Review of Systems" Blog

"Thanks for chasing me, Neumatist. Instead of doing what I said I would do, I've been (among other things) trying to refine the rules for both SuperFocus and AF4R. The SuperFocus revision looks the most promising at the moment..."

Matt
January 29, 2011 at 15:56 | Registered Commenter2mc
> when the new v. 3 is released in the near future it will be the perfect time management system.

(and several similar statements)

I've been perplexed: was this an example of Mark's gently ironic humour, like the Russian wife?

But now I've got it: the system involves achieving goals by publicly staking one's cred on stunning claims.

So I don't think I'll be brave enough for it.

Chris
January 29, 2011 at 16:18 | Registered CommenterChris Cooper
Matt:

I can't see how saying that I've been trying to refine the rules for AF4R amounts to stating that I'm going to improve AF4R.

But anyway I have no plans to develop anything more.
January 29, 2011 at 17:17 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Chris:

No, it really will be the perfect time management system (for me anyway).
January 29, 2011 at 17:18 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mark:

I think the statement I quoted is slightly ambiguous. I guess I read more into it. Here's how I read it:

- I'm working on refining SuperFocus and AF4R.
- The revision of SuperFocus is showing the most promise at the moment , so (implied) I'm working on that one now and will report on it first.
- (implied) I will then revise AF4R

But, I can see how your statement doesn't violate what you are saying now.

I willing to bet that I'm not the only one who read it the way I read it.

I'm looking forward to your revision.

I'm especially curious to see how you address what for me are two major problems:
1) The brain-nag of "what's on another page I need to be doing that I may know about right now?"
2) Task re-writing. My hand cramps easily, so I'm sensitive to rewriting. I don't want to rewrite unless I've actually done work. If I'm only moving tasks from one place to another, then I start having problems.

Matt
January 29, 2011 at 17:33 | Registered Commenter2mc
+Ad Jesum Per Mariam+

@Matt,

Have you considered using a fountain pen? Writing with a fountain pen necessitates using much less pressure than a ballpoint pen or pencil, since increased pressure will either ruin the tip of the pen, or scratch the paper, or both. Your penmanship will improve, too.

There are some problems with using fountain pens: (1) you will need quality paper, (2) you cannot write on some surfaces such as plastic Post-It tags, (3) fountain pens are more expensive and take more time to take care of.

However, I find the easing of the wrist cramps I had after using fountain pens has been worth it ^___^

God bless!
January 30, 2011 at 1:14 | Registered Commenternuntym
"I don't want to rewrite unless I've actually done work."
??

I thought for all Mark's systems you only needed to rewrite if you do something.
January 30, 2011 at 13:30 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Yes, that puzzled me too.
January 30, 2011 at 17:40 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Why would it puzzle you? If you have already written down a task on another page, but you are working on a SF page, and you happen to remember it because it seems urgent enough to work on today, you'll rewrite it in column 2 so that you don't forget it while working on the current page.

Also, when you get down to one task in column 2, aren't the rules to rewrite it on the next page?

No puzzlement necessary.

Matt
January 30, 2011 at 17:56 | Registered Commenter2mc
I see what you mean. Rule 1b.

"Also, when you get down to one task in column 2, aren't the rules to rewrite it on the next page?" this part I don't think is there. It sounds vaguely like 3T but not really.
January 30, 2011 at 18:11 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Alan,

Yeah, rule 1b. But, the other one is a rule as well. It's buried somewhere in some of the comments under some blog or discussion. It's not 3T – though it's 3T-like.

Matt
January 30, 2011 at 18:18 | Registered Commenter2mc
> I'm especially curious to see how you address
> what for me are two major problems:
> 1) The brain-nag of "what's on another page I
> need to be doing that I may know about
> right now?"

I just reread this. I meant to say:

1) The brain-nag of "what's on another page I need to be doing that I may **NOT** know about right now?"

I'm sorry if that mislead anyone.

Matt
January 30, 2011 at 18:32 | Registered Commenter2mc
Keep the list short and go through it often. Then there won't be any urgent things you're not aware of. Even if there is one, you'll get back to it soon enough.
January 30, 2011 at 22:34 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Matt:

I see what you mean.

In the new version the rules about how you use column 2 are different and the particular rule you are referring to doesn't still exist.

I'm finding that the list remains quite short (currently my list has 3.5 pages) so I am pretty clear about what's on it. If you have any doubts, then I would recommend reading through the entire list at the start of each day.
January 30, 2011 at 22:43 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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