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Monday
Jun042018

High Volume, High Speed, Low Resistance - Second Test

It’s been a long time since I last mentioned this system - about a year I think - and I never did get to tell you what it actually consisted of. I can’t remember what it was that distracted me.

However it’s still going strong and is still in my opinion the fastest and best of the long list systems. I’ve restarted it today and so far the page results are as follows (page number followed by number of tasks undone, 31 tasks to the page):

1 - 3 (including writing this post)

2-  14

3 - 18

4 - 19

5 - 29

6 - 14 (out of 14)

Still a couple of hours left today!

Please note that the system does not use pages. I am quoting them purely for convenience of tracking how I’m doing.

Reader Comments (22)

Always good to hear from you, Mark. Glad the system is working well and looking forward to hearing more about it.
June 5, 2018 at 1:05 | Unregistered CommenterRay Fowler
Looking forward (as I was a year ago) to hear about how to do this system.
June 5, 2018 at 3:43 | Unregistered CommenterSAS
Thanks Mark, is there an article summarising the 10 Tasks system? (I had a quick look and couldn't find one.) Is it an expanded version of the old 5 task system?
June 5, 2018 at 12:17 | Unregistered CommenterColin
http://markforster.squarespace.com/forum/post/2709624#post2710490

I haven't tried it myself. But the Office Management Queen has just got me a nice big Moleskine. It would just be RUDE not to give it a go...

:0)
June 5, 2018 at 12:45 | Registered CommenterWill
Does the "10 Tasks" system go like this?

First make a list:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Next I'll split it into fives (to save time. Split into tens when doing normally)
1
2
3
4
5
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6
7
8
9
10
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Cycle through first list and do what stands out
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2
-
4
5
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6
7
8
9
10
---
1
3

Then cycle through the next list doing what stands out

-
2
-
4
5
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6
7
-
-
10
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1
3
8
9

Now you cycle through the last section doing what stands out.
[A question that just occured to me: Is the last section an open list like in AF4 or would you have to close it too after it reaches ten tasks (five in my example). Say I do Task #1 and re-enter it. Now the last section has filled up. Should I close it off or leave it as an open list?]
Then you go back to the beginning, cross out the old sections, and redraw new sections. Repeat the scanning process.

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2
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4
5
-x-
6
7
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10
-x-
1
3
8
9
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<< Sorry for the long post! >>
June 5, 2018 at 14:16 | Unregistered Commenterjames220
Mark:

As an old Forster fan I wouldn‘t mind to be informed about a second best system, too.

Maybe it has some features, that would be especially useful for someone. Or it could it inspire some of the coinventors on this site?
June 5, 2018 at 14:38 | Unregistered CommenterLaby
@Mark: As you did post the RealAutofocus instructions directly after your test results one year ago, I supposed that this was the method you used back then. If that's not the case, I'd also be very interested to hear what this HVHSLR method consists of
June 5, 2018 at 15:42 | Unregistered CommenterDino
All:

I'll post the instructions for both systems over the next few days.
June 5, 2018 at 19:27 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Well, yesterday was my first day and it worked very well indeed. No idea why.
June 7, 2018 at 10:11 | Registered CommenterWill
Much as I am looking forward to seeing the new system, I have started re-reading Secrets of Productive People (a short chapter a day on way into work), which is helping to flesh out my sense that what most needs looking at is my choice of focus, and attention to system failures. The input is much appreciated!
June 13, 2018 at 9:48 | Unregistered CommenterColin
Mark, this must be your fastest crash and burns of any system tried?
June 20, 2018 at 8:52 | Unregistered CommenterLets be honest
Hi Mark: I have been experimenting with Fast FVP. How do you take breaks? Any tips on preventing burnout?
June 20, 2018 at 8:53 | Unregistered CommenterAsim Jalis
Asim,

I put breaks in as tasks. Works fine.
June 20, 2018 at 10:46 | Registered CommenterWill
Lets be honest:

<< this must be your fastest crash and burns of any system tried? >>

... that I've told you about
June 20, 2018 at 16:43 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Asim Jalis:

<< How do you take breaks? Any tips on preventing burnout? >>

Will's suggestion of putting breaks in as tasks is a sensible one.

Another is to work to a timetable, e.g. work for 40 mins, take 10 mins break, work for 40 mins, take 20 mins break.

Have a definite lunch break and stop working for the day at a definite time. This not only prevents burn-out but concentrates your work.

When taking a break you can do anything you like as long as it isn't work.
June 20, 2018 at 16:52 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mark,

One of the many tips that have helped me was your advice to those who are unable to get through their daily workload: finish earlier.

Counter intuitive, logical and most importantly, it works!
June 21, 2018 at 10:35 | Registered CommenterWill
Hi Will, as someone else in that category, it would be great to hear more about that - how does it work for you? (Do you never resort to doing any email catchup in the evening?)
June 22, 2018 at 10:26 | Unregistered CommenterColin
I find when I know I can stay late to sort out email, I tend to be more relaxed during the day and be less rigorous in deciding not to do things. Having said which, my levels of discipline are not yet consistent.
June 22, 2018 at 14:12 | Registered CommenterWill
"I'll post the instructions for both systems over the next few days."

Is this still coming?
July 6, 2018 at 0:04 | Unregistered CommenterCajun
Cajun:

<< Is this still coming? >>

Thanks for reminding me.
July 6, 2018 at 1:34 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Hi Mark, I had been waiting to see your latest "10 Tasks System", wondering if this would be the final system that best meets the various criteria for a high functioning task management system; but now I am re-reading Secrets of Productive People and I am wondering if it is more a matter of using the kinds of questioning and idea generation approaches you suggest to assess how a system is working and adjusting if necessary (to improve things like thoroughness, drawing power, management of workload, speed, low resistance etc). ie not necessarily expecting one final algorithm that trumps the rest, but more a matter of drawing on the approaches you have suggested in designing a system that best suits ones situation and characteristics.
Would be great to hear your thoughts on this (sorry if you have written about this and I've missed it)
Hope you are well.
August 2, 2018 at 12:16 | Unregistered CommenterColin
Colin:

<< more a matter of drawing on the approaches you have suggested in designing a system that best suits ones situation and characteristics.>>

Yes, that would certainly be a good thing to be doing.

I think it's actually impossible to produce a system which will suit everyone equally. Not that that is going to stop me trying!
August 2, 2018 at 16:27 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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