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FV and FVP Forum > FastFVP Question Pair

Continued from a discussion started here:

I've transferred the relevant comments below.
January 20, 2017 at 0:39 | Registered CommenterMichael B.

• Using FastFVP
• Using the questions: "Now?" and "Next?".

Testing this new question combo. It seems to be speeding up and focusing my use of FastFVP if anyone else is interested in trying it. I'm looking for a combo that comes as close as possible to the standing-out method.

January 19, 2017 at 2:16 | Michael B.

Michael B:

I think I like the sound of "Now?" and "Next?" better than my two questions. Now to try them out!

January 19, 2017 at 9:18 | Mark Forster


Used it all day Wednesday. So far this pairing feels light on the mind. Both questions are very easy to run in the background while scanning. It seems to produce a very intuitive and relaxing cadence to it that reminds me of Autofocus. Anyone that would like to give it a try:

1. Standard FastFVP Rules
2. Ask "Now?". If the task feels ready now, do it.
3. If not now, ask "Next?" and continue scanning through the list for a task that you want to do next.
4. When a task stands out, dot it and ask "Now?".
5. Continue on using the FastFVP process.

January 19, 2017 at 11:05 | Michael B.

Michael B:

I tried it for a short time but came across a problem with the question "Next?"

Next to what?

If means next to the task which you have just decided doesn't feel ready, the question would be "First?", not "Next?"

If it means next after the task you have last done, then you are not comparing it with the right benchmark.

The mental disorder caused by this was sufficient for me to abandon the attempt and seek clarification.

I tried using "Now?" and "First?" but somehow that doesn't have the same ring to it!

January 19, 2017 at 15:46 | Mark Forster
January 20, 2017 at 0:41 | Registered CommenterMichael B.

My initial thought for the question pair was "Now?" and "Next Hour?". As in "What do I want to do in the next hour?".

I wanted a pair that would tighten the time frame of the task chain, speed up the scanning process even further and be memorable and light on the mind.

It was immediately apparent though that all sequencing and order is lost with that implied meaning, so later it became "What do I want to do more in the next hour?".

This didn't seem to produce the effect I was looking for so then I shortened it to "Next?". As in "Okay, what do I want to do next?".

When a task stood out I'd dot it, and per the FastFVP process would double-check with "Now?".

So in a sense, this newly dotted task stands out more than the previous task as something I want to do "next", but not necessarily as something I want to do "now". In a subtle way, it seemed to produce the effect of the questionless, standing-out method but with a little more mental guidance, and seemed to lightly sequence the tasks.
January 20, 2017 at 2:53 | Registered CommenterMichael B.
Michael B:

Thanks for the clarification. I've just started on a new super-fabulous highly effective system that is the answer to everything (at least in my fevered imagination), so I won't be able to retest your system until said super-fab etc system proves to be nothing of the sort.

Of course I mean "unless" not "until"
January 20, 2017 at 13:05 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

Looking forward to what you've got up your sleeve!
January 21, 2017 at 5:45 | Registered CommenterMichael B.
Michael B.

I'm testing various variations at the moment, so it'll be a while yet.
January 21, 2017 at 9:26 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Good luck with this new system, Mark. We're spoiled for choice with all these great new systems; it's like being a kid in a sweet-shop - what do I choose? - they all look good!

Since Christmas I've been using a new technique (new to me) to really focus my attention on doing only the essentials in pursuit of a particular goal or commitment, so that I don't get sidetracked or hijacked - that's a good title for it. It applies from the micro to the macro level. It's still a bit of a hazy notion, and I don't know how well I'll be able to articulate it, but I'll submit a post on it soon.
January 23, 2017 at 9:55 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret1

Looking forward to hearing more about it.
January 23, 2017 at 17:21 | Registered CommenterMark Forster