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1. Telescopic Clarity
According to a study by Shiv & Fedorikhin, people who were asked to remember a 7 digit number instead of a 2 digit number took the impulsive choice of a slice of cake over the healthy bowl of fruit 34% more often when offered. Why? The cognitive resources needed for remembering the extra 5 digits are diverted from other parts, such as impulse-control and self-awareness.
Solves the agenda algebra for you
• Remembering what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and even what to work on next, has a measurable penalty on your decision making.
• Organize what needs to be done and by when, and Time Mapping will plot the best path for you
• Permission to forget everything, allowing deep concentration—stop checking to see if you have missed anything and relaxalerts let you know when your current course of action is pushing constrained tasks past their due time
How to clear your mind of reminders that can't be written down
without breaking flow with abrupt reminders that go off at a specific time
Need to call someone within a time range?
Tasks can have scheduling constraints:
Note that this is different from an appointment, the time mapper will move this around while respecting the constraints.
Need to follow up with someone after you finish a certain task and don't want to forget?
Use an alarm with a when task is finished trigger.
This will popup a reminder when you mark the task as completed:
This is for thinking ahead of the information that would be helpful for you at that moment.
What happens if you go off track with your schedule?
Time mapping is designed to update itself with the latest information. It will shuffle things around as needed to meet your priorities and time constraints. If it can't meet all the constraints, then it will give you a warning:
This means that given what you are currently working on and your current estimates, you won't be able to finish in time to meet the constraint you are being warned about.
You now have an opportunity to drop the current task and begin working on the task that is at risk, or perhaps to adjust your schedule differently with the realization that you aren't going to meet that constraint.
What if I need to break my plans?
Time mapping doesn't impose anything on you, it is meant to be a way of visualizing your todo list as a timeline. If something comes up that is more important, it is nice to take a quick glance at your expected day and compare it with the new path you are thinking of taking. If the new path is better, then you should take it.
For example, should you call a meeting with Alex to go over the marketing presentation?
On the left you have your day time mapped with the meeting, and without the meeting on the right. By seeing what your day will look like in each of these scenarios you can pick the one that looks better to you.
If you decide to break your plans, the mentioned reminders don't need to updated to reflect that. If instead you programmed an alarm to go off in an hour when you felt you would be finished with something, changing plans would make the alarm irrelevant and you'd have to remember to change it.
Why should I capture constraints?
Setting these alarms up front is more complicated, but for each one you capture that is a something less you have to think about throughout the day. This comes into play even more when your day begins changing. Having these constraints can remind you while you still have time to address it, instead of being blindsided or constantly scanning for what needs to be done.
You could keep all this in your head, but concentrating is about clearing away distractions so that all your attention is focused on the current task in front of you.
Stay on top of multiple projects
Break your schedule up into what projects to give attention to, and then work from each project's custom plan
Easy to pick up where you last left off—always know the last task you were working on in any given project jolting you back into that state of mind
Decide what to work on faster, tasks ordered by what gives you the most impact in the least amount of time
Becoming decisive is easy when you have all the information
Exercises to discover what you most value in life—what you really want to experience
Set your life direction—being confident and decisive through conflicting situations follows naturally when you discover the reasons behind what you are doing
Keep your life in balance, saying "no" is easy if it means saying "yes" to something better—most of "self-discipline" comes not from forcing yourself to do what you don't want to do, but with connecting with what you really want, of knowing what really makes you feel better
2. Accelerated Motivation
Create flexible schedules to live up to that instantly rearrange if the day doesn't go as planned
Build the self-trust you have with yourself by creating a realistic plan you consistently achieve by the end of the day
Pace yourself throughout the day with breaks and reward tasks, to keep you looking forward towards finishing quickly
Eerie absence of distractions
Silence thoughts that take you out of what you are doing like "I wonder what Jim is up to?"
working from a schedule gives you clear feedback on how to finish the day, redirecting your thoughts into how to do that
Regain your place quickly after getting hit off track with an interruption—Time Mapping recalculates the best path
Say what you want finished, by when, and have a visual agenda created for you—showing how realistic your plan is and how much flexibility you have to achieve it all
The best use of your time
New way of prioritizing project tasks by having the tasks with the most impact—in the least amount of effort—rise to the top
Stuck or blocked on your current task? Use productive procrastination by jumping to the next action in another project—when you come back your unconscious will have most likely solved the original problem
Up to the minute stats on effort spent by project always a hotkey away via the Clapperboard, keeps you driven to make the most of your time
Every life area, a slice of time
Slice your day up into buffers for interruptions, and movable sessions to attend to long term projects—now the game is to make the most impact within each session
Getting caught up in a minor detail jumps out at you as it pushes all your more important sessions down the agenda—it's no longer a hidden cost
Manage perfectionism by driving for results with the slice of time you've given that project
3. Deep-rooted Focus
The conflict you have when doing knowledge work is this:
When you are relaxed you have the best ideas—but in this high-dopamine state you are most susceptible to distractions.
When you are under the pressure of a deadline closing in, norepinephrine focuses your attention—but leaves you open to careless mistakes that would be obvious to most parts of the mind, were they not shut off to allow you to focus.
Structure your day even when it is unpredictable
Always know what the best use of your time is, and why—recover from changes and interruptions
Time Mapping keeps you aware of how your actions now affect tasks hours away
Reduce interruptions of others following up on you, by earning a reputation for always delivering
Get good at entering flow
Deflect common thought patterns that prevent flow, gently directing your attention back to the task at hand
Distracted? Deflect impulses to a project for later, saying "later" instead of "no" is easier
Resistance? Reduce complexity by breaking down tasks as you explore them
Too much internet? How to manage the time you spend surfing the web with this easy technique
Improve your ability to concentrate
Studies show that the brain adapts to your patterns of attention, through a training system you can grow your concentration
Improper training gets little results and trains the mind to be more reactive, letting less and less relevant stimulus into your consciousness—distracting you
Find your concentration rhythm by tracking bursts of concentration, plan around these sessions to maintain this rhythm—now you have a baseline that you can gently push against
4. Clockwork Breakthroughs
Research done by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found that simply making a note of what you ate, resulted in an average weight loss of 20 pounds—compared to the group that didn't track, who only lost an average of 10 pounds. Why? Self-awareness unconsciously changes behavior.
Low hanging fruit, easy access to more willpower
Willpower is a limited quantity—the more we interrupt the day by making decisions about our time, such as deciding what to work on next, the faster it is drained
It isn't the ultimate decision that drains willpower, but the struggle between choosing
By deciding up front—with flexible achievable agendas with a set pace of concentration and breaks—you free up willpower that you can redirect into new habits or emergencies
Change your behavior just by measuring
View progress reports to find hidden triggers behind what makes a good day, and a bad day
Measuring what you are after sends a strong signal to the unconscious pattern matching mind of where it should be on the look out for opportunities
Clearly see where your effort is going and the results it is generating—always find where you can be making the biggest impact
Master creating new unconscious behavior
It is natural to stop the moment we feel any resistance, because we have this intuition that it feels "off" or "wrong"—but growth and new behavior is just past this
By reviewing our written goals—a designed structure that directs our unconscious to fill with ideas—we have a beacon to focus on as we venture outside our comfort zones to become the person we can be
Quickly build new habits by scheduling small tasks to continually make progress on what you really want in life—new intuition is predictable through consistent practice
What Makes Us Different
We aren't "simple" todo list softwarewe make the creative process predictable
Q: How do you find the time for proactive thinking when the connected world is there to interrupt you?
Free up periods needed for relaxed thinking with scheduling expressive enough to let you set & forget your constraints