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Thursday
Jul272017

The "Feeling Good" Experiment

I’m going to try a reckless experiment. I say it’s reckless because I’ve never tried anything like it before, and it could easily turn out to be a complete disaster.

What I’m going to do is to stop using all aids to time management and rely only on the “Feeling Good” method to regulate what I do.

Will it work? I’ve no idea!

But if it does, it could be really sensational.

I don’t advise anyone else to try it until I’ve discovered whether it’s feasible or not.

Reader Comments (14)

If you only do things that make you feel good, you will be productive. Systems are helpful for staying on top of things though.
July 28, 2017 at 3:39 | Unregistered CommenterYoyorast
Yoyorast:

<< If you only do things that make you feel good, you will be productive. >>

That's not really quite the idea. It's more a case - at least at the beginning - of doing things that will make you feel less than good if you don't do them.

In other words you won't be feeling good if you are way behind in everthing, if you are hopelessly in debt, if your income tax return is months overdue, if you've just got the sack for inefficiency, if you never see your family, if you never get any exercise and if your weight is ballooning out of control.
July 28, 2017 at 12:47 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
<<In other words you won't be feeling good if you are hopelessly in debt, if your income tax return is months overdue, if you've just got the sack for inefficiency, if you never get any exercise and your weight is ballooning out of control. >>

I suspect you are not speaking from personal experience, Mark.

I, however, can confirm your assessment.
July 28, 2017 at 12:50 | Registered CommenterWill
This certainly sounds intriguing!
July 28, 2017 at 14:02 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Drake aka Longstreet
Somewhat confused. "...stop using all aids..." Does this mean RAF is being dropped or side lined for a period of time? I've experimented with many of your systems Mark, AF1 and FV were two I used for several months, but RAF was on another level for me--including numerous productivity methods that I have tried outside of your creations. (I do recognize the boost I get from trying a new system, but RAF has been different in many ways even though I've only used it a few days.) Obviously, if it continues to work, then I will continue to use it. Even though I know and support that your site is about new methods, etc., I do admit that I was hoping to see the kind of discussion on this site regarding RAF that FV/FVP generated. Thank you for sharing your ideas!
July 28, 2017 at 15:00 | Unregistered CommenterSobertruth
For Android users this application can be usefull to monitor the "Feeling Good" state.
At random times it pops up and asks you "How good do you feel?" You answer with marks.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bsoule.tagtime

More on this program:
http://messymatters.com/tagtime
July 28, 2017 at 15:16 | Unregistered CommenterShamil
Sobertruth:

Mark is in R&D and restlessly creative. It's not surprising that he is sparking off another idea and giving it a go. The forum is probably the best place to continue any RAF discussion and I'm sure Mark will comment on any questions there.

I've also experienced some brutal truths using RAF. I don't know yet what I'll do about them, but now I know them!
July 28, 2017 at 15:40 | Unregistered CommenterMike Brown
Sobertruth:

<< Somewhat confused. "...stop using all aids..." Does this mean RAF is being dropped or side lined for a period of time? >>

By me, yes, for the moment. But I've specifically advised other people against using this since I have no idea how it will work out.

<< Even though I know and support that your site is about new methods, etc., I do admit that I was hoping to see the kind of discussion on this site regarding RAF that FV/FVP generated. >>

And there is no reason why it shouldn't continue. As for my own contribution to the discussion I've always been happy to advise and share my thoughts on any of my systems, whether or not I myself happen to be using it at the time.
July 28, 2017 at 17:30 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
great experiment and you look like you feel good! am already asking self question of how feel
July 28, 2017 at 22:05 | Registered CommentermatthewS
Hi Mark
You look rather dashing in your photo.
God Bless
Learning
July 30, 2017 at 2:46 | Unregistered CommenterLearning as I go
I think it's a fantastic idea! I'm wondering if the choices of what to do will be a matter of how one phrases/re-phrases tasks/chores/options. For example, rather than "Buggerit! I'm detesting doing my bloody tax return" one could say, "I feel good getting my tax return done and out of here!"
July 30, 2017 at 18:26 | Unregistered CommenterFiona
I recommend the work of Danielle Laporte - specifically The Desire Map - she has been operating with this philosophy for years and has written a lot about it, and trained facilitators to lead workshops all over. Her work doesn't specifically outline itself as being for women but it is very feminine and I doubt many men have heard of her. The feeling good experiment? Maybe you're getting in touch with your feminine side? I would love to know what you think of The Desire Map! Also find her blog posts at www.daniellelaporte.com
August 10, 2017 at 14:00 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
Hi Mark,

very interesting aspect!
May I ask you how do you go on?
So when you ask yourself how good you feel, e.g. you rate you a 5 what task will you start with?
How do you prioritize?
A few comments from my side:
I grow up on my fathers farm so when I analyse this kind of work and compare it with my work (basically brain work at a research institute):
Farm -> crafted work:
Fixed prioritized tasks always done in a defined order no other way, in the case if I would feel bad I just start and go on after a while it was always ok and I was happy that this task was done
research institute -> brain work:
For me this is more fragile because minds can easily go away and I can be disturbed by a lot of things and thoughts

As a result for me there is a conflict and it depends on the level how does someone rate their feelings. So maybe one possiblity could be to force oneself to start with a task despite the feeling is not enough for the task.
Sure if I really feel to bad a very intensive task wouldn't make sense but what about mind tools just before the decision what to do.
For example consider:
If I should do a patent research for a new developed device and I rather would do more design work to create this new device in the best way.
Maybe it make sense to hold on just short before decide and ask yourself why I want to do this now?
As I understood the decision making in the brain can depend on the experiences someone make in the life till now, so when my experience of patent research is not exciting enough and maybe disappointing compared to the design of the new device I rather will do that.
But If I hold on a second and bring this in my mind to be aware of this processes of my mind I would decide in the other way.

What do you think about this? What are your experiences?

best regards
Henry
August 12, 2017 at 11:19 | Unregistered CommenterHenry
Henry:

Thanks for your detailed questions/comments. I will be writing my findings up in due course but until then I can only repeat what I said in the blog post:

"I don’t advise anyone else to try it until I’ve discovered whether it’s feasible or not."
August 13, 2017 at 9:59 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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