Those of you who follow the discussions on the forum will know that I am currently developing a new time management system. In fact I think it would be truer to say that I have been developing this system for ten or more years now and all the other systems I have produced have been nothing more than stages on the way.
I now believe I have succeeded in producing the final version.
The characteristics of this system reflect most of the concerns which have surfaced during these years of development:
- It is a “universal capture” system into which you can put all your ideas for action without prior editing.
- Tasks are sifted and filtered by working the system itself.
- It produces the most productive degree of tension between the intuitive unconscious mind and the rational mind.
- It removes procrastination by ensuring that you are psychologically ready to do each task.
- It automatically removes tasks which are going nowhere.
- It allows one to judge exactly whether one has the right workload and provides automatic adjustment of the workload to fit the time available.
- It enables you to deal efficiently with both urgent tasks and “must do” tasks without less pressing tasks being ignored.
- It deals highly effectively with tasks which recur daily or at greater or lesser intervals.
- It ensures that once you have started a task, however large or small, you work through to completion.
- It is simple to operate and has minimal overhead.
- It makes one’s work feel effortless, while being extremely productive.
- It makes use of available periods of time, however short.
- It ensures that the important tasks get done so that you are not just processing loads of trivia.
- Tasks and projects can be put into the system at any level.
- There is no need for time-consuming reviews or pre-selection of tasks.
- Although it is designed as a paper-and-pen system it can easily be implemented electronically.
Over the next weeks and months I intend to publish frequent updates on how I am getting on with the system.