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Sunday
Nov052017

High Intensity Use of Time - Ebook

I’m so pleased with this new system that I’ve decided that a blog post won’t do it justice. So I’m aiming to write an ebook which I will make available on this website.

I haven’t yet even begun to sketch out the contents, neither do I have any idea what the word-count of the book will be. So it will be a measure of the system’s effectiveness how long it takes me to write the book without a publisher breathing down my neck.

All the rest of the details will begin to take shape once I start working on it.

Reader Comments (19)

This is great news! Very excited to see what lies ahead.
November 5, 2017 at 20:21 | Unregistered CommenterLeo
Very cool. Also, not releasing this immediately gives me a chance to practice sticking to a system for a longer time.
November 5, 2017 at 21:52 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Will you be charging for this ebook, Mark?
November 6, 2017 at 4:24 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Williams
LOL payment or no I will be one of the first to buy/get it when it comes out!
November 6, 2017 at 7:28 | Registered Commenternuntym
As a long-time fan and follower I would even pay for the very first draft! :-)
November 6, 2017 at 8:37 | Unregistered CommenterLaby
Great, can't wait to see your ideas.
I did think RAF and simple scanning is as good at it gets.
If you can find improvements that will be amazing!
November 6, 2017 at 10:31 | Unregistered CommenterMrBacklog
Martin Williams:

<< Will you be charging for this ebook? >>

I haven't even thought about that yet. If I do charge, it won't be because I want the money. It'll be because people don't value what they get for free. I might make it that it comes free with a donation to a specific charity, or something like that.

But don't take any of this as gospel as the moment.
November 6, 2017 at 11:32 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Checking this site everyday for new posts and comments for news of the eBook will definitely hurt all of our productivity! LOL!
November 6, 2017 at 16:48 | Unregistered CommenterJakeIsArmed
So do we have a tentative schedule on the ebook release or not yet?
November 6, 2017 at 17:21 | Registered Commenternuntym
nuntym:

Do we have a tentative schedule on the ebook release yet?

No

Do we have a tentative schedule on the tentative schedule release yet?

No

Is time spent answering questions about the schedule subtracted from the time available to write the ebook?

Yes
November 6, 2017 at 21:15 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I have been using the Random Forecasting Method (RFM) regarding the e-book:

1. When you wonder about when Mark will be done with his e-book, roll a six-sided die.
2. The number on the die indicates the current forecast as to when Mark will be done.
3. Scan through this list until one of these units of time "stands out" for you:

* years
* months
* weeks
* days
* hours
* minutes

4. The number on the die combined with the unit that stood out for you is the current forecast for completion. (E.g. "three weeks").

Hope this helps.
November 7, 2017 at 14:00 | Unregistered Commenterspring
@spring - I laughed in RL!
November 8, 2017 at 6:18 | Unregistered CommenterHofmeyr
High Intensity Time System - could be a HIT!
November 8, 2017 at 12:26 | Unregistered CommenterMike
"High Intensity Achievementoriented Time Utilisation System": HIATUS ;-))
November 8, 2017 at 13:54 | Unregistered CommenterJoxter
@spring: Very funny! I had it give me 2 months.
November 9, 2017 at 10:58 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher
Mark

As your new system wont be published for some time do you have any particular system recommendation until then?
November 10, 2017 at 9:31 | Registered CommenterCaibre65
Caibre65:

Sorry, I missed your comment at the time.

I think the best on which to practise the principles which I'm writing about at the moment in preparation for the new system would be either Simple Scanning or No Dismissal Autofocus.
November 12, 2017 at 0:13 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
How about Flexible AF, Mark?
November 13, 2017 at 4:04 | Registered Commenternuntym
nuntym:

I've specifically recommended two methods, but there are plenty of other which would be suitable.
November 13, 2017 at 19:03 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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