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Wednesday
May272015

A Day with FVP

Here’s what I managed to do today using FVP. The tasks are in the order in which they are written on my list rather than the order I actually did them.

  • Phone upgrade
  • Reading in the Hadith
  • “Penguin Book of Greek Verse”
  • Voicemail
  • Tidy Office
  • Do the Dishes
  • Make Tea
  • Take Pills
  • Check Diary
  • Prayer
  • Prayer
  • Blood Pressure
  • Breakfast
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • Lunch
  • Push Ups
  • Paper In-Tray
  • Bring Wheelie Bin In
  • “Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers”
  • Website Comments
  • Read Blogs
  • Glossika French Day 29
  • Prayer
  • Record Weight
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • “The Iliad” (in Greek)
  • Glossika French Day 29
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • Email
  • “Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers”
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • Push Ups
  • Push Ups
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • “Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers”
  • Email Backlog
  • Email
  • Email Backlog
  • Glossika French Day 30
  • Book of Genesis (in Hebrew) - one chapter
  • Wash Up
  • Gospel of Matthew (in Greek) - one chapter
  • Book of Genesis (in Hebrew) - one chapter
  • Glossika French Day 31
  • Glossika French Day 32
  • Book of Genesis (in Hebrew) - one chapter
  • Gospel of Matthew (in Greek) - one chapter
  • Email Backlog
  • “Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers”
  • Reading in the Hadith
  • The Plank
  • Find Mislaid Timer
  • Write This Blog Post

One thing I’d like to draw attention to is the effectiveness of the system in hammering home projects which require cumulative repetion over a long period. There are several examples of this in the list. I’ll mention only two. “Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers” (the first volume of the Harry Potter series in French) had four sessions and there were three sessions of push ups. Keeping projects like these - reading, language training and fitness training - going day after day with multiple sessions per day really produces results and FVP is excellent at this.

By the way, the idea with the Harry Potter book is that once I’ve finished it in French, I’ll then use the French edition as a crib for the Spanish edition, then the Spanish edition as a crib for the Italian edition, then the Italian edition for the German edition, and the German edition for… who knows which language? Maybe Dutch, maybe Modern Greek. Russian might be too much of a stretch.

Reader Comments (15)

That looks like a very productive day!
May 28, 2015 at 4:19 | Unregistered CommenterNico
My day:
- Completed a key request for funding document.
- Delegated and explained a task to a staff member. (Inventory analysis)
- Started reviewing the balance sheet
- Reviewed and followed up items waiting for from other people
- Delegated and explained another task to a different staff member (sales analysis)
- Released and authorize expenses. Approved various items requiring my approval
- Cleared emails marked as flagged for follow up
- Responded to my friend about my take on the movie "Birdman"
- Responded to blogs
May 28, 2015 at 7:53 | Unregistered CommenterNico
Mark:
That's awesome that you're reading the Bible in the original languages! I studied koine greek & hebrew at seminary but still struggle to read fluently.
Maybe put a task item of "refresh languages" on my FVP list!
May 28, 2015 at 18:44 | Unregistered CommenterTommy
You might find Brady Haran's Bibledex video channel interesting

http://www.youtube.com/user/bibledex/videos

He has lots of other interesting channels, one of the most famous being Numberphile.

http://www.bradyharan.com
May 28, 2015 at 20:01 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Tommy:

<< That's awesome that you're reading the Bible in the original languages! I studied koine greek & hebrew at seminary but still struggle to read fluently. >>

Not so awesome. I read with an English crib for both languages. But I taught myself a lot just by doing that.
May 29, 2015 at 1:12 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Chris:

<< You might find Brady Haran's Bibledex video channel interesting >>

Thanks for that - very interesting. I liked the description of Judith as a James Bond girl!
May 29, 2015 at 1:36 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I did not realize you were a polyglot, Mark. That is great.

I have tried out your new FVP system for a couple of days and so far it has been effective. The psychological ease of implementing the system and getting things done is astounding. Thank you for your work in this.
May 29, 2015 at 12:46 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B from Canada
Paul B from Canada:

<< I did not realize you were a polyglot, Mark. That is great. >>

"Polyglot" would be two strong a word I think. The only language I have a good reading and speaking ability in is French. I could probably get by in Spanish or German if I had to, but that is all. The others are really just dabbling (though I take dabbling quite seriously).
May 29, 2015 at 13:05 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I found it interesting that studying time management or productivity is not listed as a task. I realize it may be due to a particular day or something I missed. Unless Mark is making the point, maybe the most important suggestion of all: give any system a suitable trial run without constantly modifying the rules.
May 31, 2015 at 2:38 | Unregistered CommenterSobertruth
Sobertruth:

<< I found it interesting that studying time management or productivity is not listed as a task. >>

The whole list is a study in time management and productivity.
May 31, 2015 at 16:45 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Interesting.

Regarding projects like reading, do you find that approaching a task like reading the NT in Greek, it is better to define a task by length/material as opposed to time? For example, "read one chapter" as opposed to "read for 30 minutes."

Forgive the frivolous question as I am still an apprentice compared to others on this forum.
June 1, 2015 at 1:48 | Unregistered CommenterSobertruth
Sobertruth:

<< Regarding projects like reading, do you find that approaching a task like reading the NT in Greek, it is better to define a task by length/material as opposed to time? For example, "read one chapter" as opposed to "read for 30 minutes." >>

Normally I don't bother to define the length of a task like this when using FVP. I just do it for as long as I feel like doing it.

However in the specific case of the OT and NT I do it chapter by chapter for the simple reason that I am actually using audio files and they are each one chapter long.
June 1, 2015 at 12:11 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
That is terrific. My favourite parts of your books, Mark, were invariably the detailings of real time/real world examples, similar to above - (even more so in the examples where your day went "off track" and you managed to turn it around again).

Feel free to add more like this, please - suitably anonymised if necessary. I find it very inspiring! I'd be interested to see the results from your trialling of the "exciting" question.
June 1, 2015 at 12:58 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Cumming
Neil Cumming:

<< I'd be interested to see the results from your trialling of the "exciting" question. >>

Don't expect any exciting answers!

For some examples of what I consider to be exciting see:

http://markforster.squarespace.com/fv-forum/post/2508019#post2508441
June 1, 2015 at 14:25 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Ha! Sometimes there is Excitement even in the prosaic - particularly when one is trialling a new Mark Forster TM system!
June 1, 2015 at 22:53 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Cumming

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