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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM


I used a bullet journal for over a year and found it fairly effective. But three main problems with the system caused me to abandon it: If you lose it, you have no back up. There is no “search” function, and keeping the information adequately indexed is a job in itself. And when you move to a new notebook, you no longer have all that useful information from the previous notebook easily at hand. I’ve tried recreating a bullet journal system with an app, but it just isn’t the same. You lose the tactile experience that makes the paper notebook so pleasurable, and which invites me to keep using it. (Some apps come close: TheBrain and NotePlan are the two best I’ve found for mimicking a paper notebook bullet journal.)

Steve Z.

MadaboutDana wrote:
Interestingly, my wife, who was a senior (enterprise) manager for many
>years, uses a paper-based time management system by preference (the
>bullet-point system mentioned elsewhere in this forum), precisely so
>she’s always reassessing priorities, urgency etc.
> >I’ve looked at it, tried to love it, but can’t be doing with it at all,
>at all!


Posted by Slartibartfarst
Jul 10, 2017 at 02:34 PM


Quote Alexander Deliyannis:———————————-
Some food for thought

I don’t understand.
The video clip is only about 18:30 mins long. I watched it and re-watched it a couple of times more, making copious notes and following up on any references the speaker made, just to check whether I was understanding it correctly - though it wasn’t difficult to understand,
The talk in that video seems to be rife with all kinds of wrong and confused nonsense. At first, I thought it might be intended as some kind of a joke, as no-one could take it seriously. However, it wasn’t done on April 1st or anything like that. It just seems to be mostly all facile BS.
The speaker is reported as being “Rory Vaden, MBA, Self-Discipline Strategist” and the clip as having had 1,263,269 views so far - which information may speak volumes.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jul 10, 2017 at 09:12 PM


MadaboutDana wrote:
>even so - once something is pinned down as a “task”, it’s remarkably
>difficult to reformat it as anything else (note, maybe-to-do,
>possibly-important-once-I’ve-had-time-to-think-about-it, etc.), and even
>more difficult to assign it to that grey zone holding tasks that need to
>be done soon, but not that soon.

The most flexible approach I’ve found in this respect is Kantree’s https://kantree.io/

>You’ve pinpointed one of the most
>problematic areas of task management - how/when do you decide what’s
>important, and in particular, how/when do you decide whether one thing
>is more important than n other things, where n tends to infinity…

I believe that some kind of long term reference/context is required, i.e. this is where goal management, principles, basic needs etc. enter into play. We all have such references, the question is whether it is conscious or not. For example, the tendency to respond to others’ (interruptive) requests may be explained, among other factors, by one’s need for acceptance.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jul 10, 2017 at 09:46 PM


Slartibartfarst wrote:
>At first, I thought it might be intended as some kind
>of a joke, as no-one could take it seriously. However, it wasn’t done on
>April 1st or anything like that. It just seems to be mostly all facile BS.

What can I say? It was definitely not my intention to waste anybody’s time, as I have great respect for the contributors to this forum, even if I rarely have the time nowadays to post here myself. In any case, my impression is that the video did spark some interesting discussions and I do hope that in the end some people will have benefitted from the relevant exchanges, much as I have benefitted myself over the years.

To summarise my view, while the Eliminate / Automate / Delegate approach may sound like common sense (to me at least, YOMV), it is rarely highlighted during discussions on task management and, even more rarely, consciously followed by knowledge workers—unless they r othemselves have a managerial role over other knowledge workers. Automate, in particular, is in my opinion of interest to this forum—not so much in the context of task management, but rather in that of task implementation. My understanding is that the CRIMPers’ holy grail of information management is a tool that allows one to leverage their information / knowledge / idea / concept / etc. organisation and processing power, much like a physical lever or other machine allows one to leverage their physical strength. The end result of such a tool would be to effectively multiply the knowledge worker’s time.

In this context, when CRIMPing, one may be “giving themselves emotional permission to spend time on things today that will [AD: hopefully] give them more time tomorrow”.

Again, your opinion may vary.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 11, 2017 at 08:42 PM


I am glad you posted the link, Alexander. It was interesting. There is a smattering of BS in all such schemes, if you ask me. It all comes down to discipline. Any scheme works well if you are disciplined about following it. This is why none of them work very well for me.

Steve Z.


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