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Thursday
Feb252016

My New Time Management System - Update

Since I last updated you on my new time management system it has developed in a totally unexpected direction. It’s showing great promise, but I’ve yet to test out the new direction thoroughly.

It’s been a fascinating process for me so far, and most of the articles I have written written recently have been based on my experiences of working on this

Where have I got to?

As is so often the case when coming up with something new, it’s the result of combining tried and trusted principles in a way they haven’t been combined before.You’ll all recognize the base system, but the way it’s used is quite different from how it’s been used in the past.

The really good news is that I seem to have found a way of having a list which resists the expansionist tendencies of a catch-all list, but doesn’t need to be destroyed every day. I say “I seem to” because one can never be sure of these things until they have been tried out over a reasonable period of time.

What I’m finding really interesting is the feeling of working with a closely focused list that gets carried forward from day to day. I’m finding that I can work a large portion of my day virtually on autopilot. So it’s giving maximum conservation of energy!

Reader Comments (9)

It is interesting to me that you end up breaking many of your system rules, after emphasizing why they are so important. I think a quote is in order here – something about hobgoblins and consistency . . . ;-)
February 25, 2016 at 18:35 | Registered Commenterubi
To expand on what Ubi is saying so others understand what he means, here is a selection from Yahoo Answers regarding this quote:

"What does 'a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds...' mean?

Best Answer
You really need the full context.

Emerson is saying that the small-minded are crippled by the feeling that they have to be consistent—never to change their minds on the basis of new information—because they're afraid of offending the kind of people who like certainties and think someone changing their opinon is bad."
February 25, 2016 at 19:03 | Unregistered CommenterMichael B.
Mark, is the destroying of your previous day list not fundamental to the 5t system?
My view of "writing 5 new tasks everyday" is that you are relying on your subconscious to guide on what you should be working on today. I believe by carrying forward the previous day tasks you may inhibid this process?
February 25, 2016 at 20:02 | Unregistered CommenterNico
I prefer Wikipedia to Yahoo Answers. Check out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Reliance

for background, and

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Essays:_First_Series/Self-Reliance

for the entire essay.

The correct quote is "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." It almost rhymes.
February 25, 2016 at 20:26 | Registered Commenterubi
We seem to be getting a bit confused here.

1. My articles about no-list systems are about no-list systems. They are mainly intended to be in amplification of what I wrote in "The Secrets of Productive People".

2. My articles about the new time management system I am developing are about the new time management system which I am developing. That may or may not end up being a no-list system, but I have no intention of being constrained in what I decide about 2 by what I have written about 1.
February 25, 2016 at 22:45 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Nico

<< is the destroying of your previous day list not fundamental to the 5t system? >>

It's fundamental to the 5T system, yes. But I'm not writing about the 5T system in this post.
February 25, 2016 at 23:06 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
ubi:

<< It is interesting to me that you end up breaking many of your system rules, >>

How do you know, since you don't know what the system is?
February 25, 2016 at 23:07 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Granted, I don't know what the new system is. But many a forum discussion here starts with you describing a system with clear rules, and your advice to us to just try that system without breaking these rules or otherwise embellishing the system as laid out. Then after some time, you yourself end up changing things up in some way – different Q, reverse direction, skipping or inserting a task, etc. – which amounts to breaking a rule IMO. Since you're the inventor, I suppose you could say you simply invented a new system.

Please pardon my confusion.
February 25, 2016 at 23:40 | Registered Commenterubi
ubi:

<< But many a forum discussion here starts with you describing a system with clear rules, and your advice to us to just try that system without breaking these rules or otherwise embellishing the system as laid out. >>

I think what I actually advise is to try it out with the rules as I've described _before_ you start to make your own adjustments.

But in any case it hardly applies to my new system since I haven't yet described it as "a system with clear rules". I don't even know what the final rules are myself yet.

I guess I could just confine myself to talking about nothing except my latest book if that would help.

Oh, hang about, that's exactly what I've been doing lately.
February 26, 2016 at 10:57 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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