Monday, June 25, 2012

Horizons and Summer Chart

I have a new tool! Horizons of Focus, from GTD. I adjusted his horizons to my idiosyncrasies, your mileage may vary as always.

horizons

Apron

Did you know that where the plane parks and refuels is called the apron? I found this out by googling "what is the place before the runway where a plane goes." I am ridiculous, but parking and refueling is a perfect metaphor. I always want to keep in mind that I'm an organism that needs to sleep and eat.

Runway

I'm also an organism subject to the second law of thermodynamics, order naturally decaying to disorder unless I keep up with chores: making the bed, doing the dishes, sorting the laundry, making the grocery list, cleaning the bathroom, tidying the front room, paying bills. This is also known as the "buttoning and unbuttoning" level; this work is always, constantly, getting done and undone. If I don't keep up, things fall apart and it's a disaster. Sometimes, though, it seems like that's all there is, and I get depressed. So it's best to be efficient here, so you can level up!

10,000

This level in my scheme is tasks, meaning all the tasks for projects I have to do. Tasks are different than chores to me. Chores are Sisyphean. With tasks, there's a sense of progress.

20,000

Now we're getting a little bit up in the sky, this level is where I look at the all the projects I have to do: prioritize them by urgency or importance, and plan what tasks I have to do to get them done. I look at projects once a week when I review and plan.

30,000

Since I don't have a job, I don't have much to do on this level. When I do, I will look at this once a month.

40,000

I don't even know if I will end up working for a company. If I do, I will look at this once a quarter.

50,000

This is where I look at my life. I will look at this once a year, probably this would be a good Winterval exercise.

So for example, I looked at my life a little over a year ago and decided that I really did need to make my living doing something that I felt connected to and that for the past four or five years I've really liked being a trainer. So then back down to 20,000, getting my certification became my project. Then I spent a year at 10,000, where my tasks were study, study, and study. And now that I've gotten my certification, my new project is getting a job and my first task is to do my resume. [ETA: And go on my first interview. Aaand get my first rejection.]

Hey look, I didn't have to break this into seven different posts! Succinct!

Here is my chart of many colors:

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
front room bedroom
kitchen
WORK
 
bedroom
kitchen
WORK
 
bedroom
kitchen
SkateForm
Review & Plan HOBBY WORK
 
HOBBY
 
WORK
 
HOBBY
 
bathroom
 
Referee
kettlebell
HOBBY  PASTIME
 
KettleBox
MMS
RowStrike
 
HOBBY
 
HOBBY
 
PASTIME
 
Agility
 
PASTIME
 
C Team
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 

Now I think of every day as rolling out from the apron onto the runway up to 10,000 feet. How high is that? Is that high enough for an actual plane? I don't hardly get higher than that, I only get to 20,000 feet once a week. But I felt like I was driving my plane back and forth between the apron and the runway for most of April and May, I'm delighted to be off the ground at all. You know that feeling, when you're on a plane, when you can feel that the plane is on the ground and then it's off the ground? That's how I feel.

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