Many of our life's rough edges (emotional inefficiencies, pain, frustration, anger)
begin with the interruption of our intention, focus or experience of life.
Most of a persons experience is made of segments of the past, rolled up into a story of one's self. If we think of the experience of a single day as the time between sleep cycles (instead of an actual 24 hour day)
, then we can never effect the events outside of this single day... UNLESS we plan and direct our focus for tomorrow (and maybe further ahead than that)
. Managing our focus is a way of providing situational gravity... to steer our ship outside of the confines of a single day and interruptions of a single day. Question:
What do our rigid schedules and personal understanding of reality play in these interruptions? Can I design a schedule that uses natural life patterns to shift focus to align my efforts over a longer period of time?Initial Solution for Testing:
Use 3 meals as dividing lines. Use a two part week to boost the focus blocks to 12. Begin and end each day with personal time, give a focus company or project to each block. These can change and be mixed as needed. See the image for a sample. Allow for scheduled interruptions and emergencies. Provide 2 earned days off each week which can be taken whenever. If you ever earn a full 100 days you are forced to take a 100 day sabatical.Download / view the initial schedule outlineWhy and other possibles:
Most commonly 5 day work week 2 day weekend and I have to interact with people who have regular schedules. So I only shifed the schedule slightly by represented as more equitable blocks 4 days and 3 days. Eventually I'd like to test a two or 3 day repeating cycle that breaks outside of the normal weekly schedules. Like 4 x 2 day blocks repeating or something.
At this stage the idea is pretty rough... so here are some related thoughts.The natural continuation of our kenetic motivational energy
It seems to me that once we get rolling in the morning, it's easier for most of us to continue along. Most of the time, I'll keep rolling through the day until something interrupts me. Sometimes these interruptions are scheduled (lunch, doctors appointment)
and sometimes they are not (phone call, urgent request).
We also have curiosities. These curiosities sometimes become intense and these interests boost our focus -- this phenomenon is sometimes called flow.
If we wanted to increase the flow of everyone on the planet, how would we make schedules, work hours, etc. How would we rebuild the world for flow?Transitions of focus
When we have a conversation, idea, or other interruption break our current cycle we transition to a new focus. These transitions are hard to keep track of. Sometimes we borrow time from other places to get things done and put off our most important goals.
The idea with meals is that you are tying a mental goal to a physical (potentially predictable)
urge that is (somewhat)
flexible. You can push your meal times off, but you'll notice after a while. If you can internalize this as time to stop, each and refocus. Then you've got a flexible trigger.