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Thursday
Sep082011

Some more characteristics

Here’s some more characteristics of the Final Version which I wrote down more or less at random while working the system today:

  • The system is self-regulating in that it adjusts the amount of work in the system to the amount of time available to do it.
  • There is a built in check on the number of urgent tasks. 
  • It quickly removes projects which are going nowhere from the system.
  • Only active stuff remains in the system.
  • There is one very clear condition about when tasks that have been removed from the system can be re-entered.
  • The number of daily recurring tasks is kept under control.

All these things happen naturally in response to your rate of work, psychological readiness and time available. There are no imposed quotas or limits.

Reader Comments (19)

This almost sounds too good to be true! Mark, do you have an idea when you will release this new system?

-David
September 8, 2011 at 22:19 | Registered CommenterDavid Drake
Oh dear Mark, you do keep teasing us!
September 8, 2011 at 22:42 | Registered CommenterAlison Reeves
David:

Good to hear from you again.

It will be later rather than sooner - because I want this one to be absolutely right.
September 8, 2011 at 23:06 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
How does it handle nasty tasks that you don't want to do, but need to be done?
September 8, 2011 at 23:07 | Unregistered CommenterTK
You are killing me with anticipation for the new system!! I can't wait to get it!
September 8, 2011 at 23:24 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Oh Mark--

Your strength has become your weakness on this one. Please beware this trap you've set for yourself.

"because I want it to be absolutely right." If that is the case, we will never see it.

You've been down this path before having thought AF1 or another version was "right."

Some versions already made will continue to be "absolutely right" for those who like using them.

Absolutely right is a very vague phantom to chase and one that you can never catch. What are some objectives you desire to accomplish related to this system before you release it? Is that a realistic goal? In your desire for absolute correctness, is that becoming an excuse to avoid possible disagreements on the system that is currently working very well for you?

I love the work you do too much to let you hide with this phantom goal of "absolutely right."

Robert
September 8, 2011 at 23:31 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
<<It will be later rather than sooner ...>>

Well, I know how to get around that one. Next Q&A, I'll be asking my Future Self to spill the beans.
September 9, 2011 at 0:46 | Registered CommenterBernie
Tk:

<< How does it handle nasty tasks that you don't want to do, but need to be done? >>

Get someone else to do them for you.
September 9, 2011 at 0:47 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
<< I love the work you do too much to let you hide with this phantom goal of "absolutely right." >>

You're absolutely right, Robert.
September 9, 2011 at 0:48 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Bernie:

<< I'll be asking my Future Self to spill the beans. >>

You might do better to ask mine.
September 9, 2011 at 0:50 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Perhaps, Mark, if you're keeping the system hush for a while you could discuss principles or some such? Just a friendly wish.
September 9, 2011 at 2:16 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
the anticipation is killing me! Really keen to try your new system :)
September 9, 2011 at 2:40 | Unregistered CommenterKerry MS
Mark,
Re: asking your Future Self for the low-down on your new system,
I don't think I'm the best person to do that, so I hereby delegate that task to you. ;)
I will look in next week to see how you are getting on with that.
September 9, 2011 at 3:55 | Registered CommenterBernie
looks promising
September 9, 2011 at 5:15 | Unregistered Commenterisd
Bernie:

<< asking your Future Self for the low-down on your new system,
I don't think I'm the best person to do that, so I hereby delegate that task to you. ;) >>

Getting this system right is the first and least significant (but necessary) step in a five-stage vision.
September 9, 2011 at 9:53 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Hi Mark,

Like giving salt to a horse to make it drink. You make think about your new system often now.
Any Release date ?
Like most of us I'm ready to be a beta tester if you need one :)

B.R
Henrik
September 9, 2011 at 10:21 | Registered CommenterHenrik Ekenberg
To second Alan's suggestion, an occasional discussion of key principles of your new system would be most welcome, even if you're keeping the details of the whole system under wraps at the moment. Otherwise each post just builds up the suspense! 8-)
September 9, 2011 at 10:29 | Unregistered CommenterRich
Alan and Rich:

Ok, I've put in a task "Blog Key Principles of New System".
September 9, 2011 at 11:03 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mark,

> It will be later rather than sooner - because I want this one to be absolutely right.

Very good idea, IMHO.
SCNR.

Regards,
Alex
September 10, 2011 at 2:02 | Unregistered CommenterAlex W.

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