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Smashing the Clock, and the Falling Dollar.

Smashing the clock” It’s nice to see that businesses are starting to see the benefits in morale, just by giving people more control over their time/mobility. True costs and measurements of productivity has to include employee retention, an non-subjective metrics on work performed. This also gets into, outside of the rapid communication needed for training, negotiation …ongoing management shouldn’t require communication more than a few times a day, as this fosters the continual forest fire.

The shrinking of domestic air travel, and the expansion of international. All the more reason if you are travelling, and can earn in Euros, to start thinking of exporting yourself or services, to take advantage of the increasing demand as the dollar weakens.

Here is an source linked to from a friend, that might be interesting if you are into currency trading.

MentalTools: The Time Corridor

To reach goals, often requires changing behavior. Behavior change is 1) being aware of the choices rather than being on autopilot, 2) and making better choices than the ones we make (often better framing and measuring the costs and benefits). 3) Usually giving up something along the way. Just as you can’t park a car in a full garage, you can’t move in your own life until there is space to move.

One of the visualization exercises that helps me make better decisions I call the Time Corridor. It’s a variation of Timelining projected forward and Timeline Therapy.

Claudia in a corridor

Like Claudia . Imagine being in one or those airport or funhouse parrallel mirror and getting the neverending images of you…or the back of your head.

Imagine that each reflection of you is a projection of who you are looking back at yourself at different points in time ahead of where you are right now. Say 1 minute, 10 minutes, 1 hr, 1day, 1 week, 1 month, 1year, 10 years. Take some decision in your life you are facing, ask the mirror choir one by one what they think looking back on you today. Strike up a conversation with those future yous to get to know them better.

Question: “Should I drink that soda?”

  • 10minute: Totally! I wanna pony too!
  • 1 day: which soda?
  • 1 year: what soda? no probably not, or at least maybe diet the diet version, at least I didn’t make a big impact on my life, but I do remember that concert we went t.
  • 10 years: You expect me to remember that crap? beside soda is evuhl

Everything counts in large amounts, and this is where you can gain leverage in your decisions. Okay, then measure the costs:

  • 10 minutes: 150 calories :$1
  • 1 day: 2 sodas 300 calories :$2
  • 1 week: 14 sodas, 2100 empty calories, $14, 2 days of caffeine jitters, 2 days of caffiene withdrawal headaches .
  • 1 year : 728 sodas, 109200 empty calories, $728, potentially 25 pounds of fat, $200o in dental work.

Then see what *else* you could do with the time and money if you opted not to do that.

  • 1 week: 14 cans of soda or one new dinner/movie out on the town every week.
  • 1 year: a downpayment on a new car, a computer, a month trip abroad?

Now put the costs and alternatives in one hand of each projection then ask ” which would you rather have?”.   Swallow the bullet and recognize that just as you probably don’t remember the sitcom or website you viewed last night, you won’t really dwell on the choice, and will be building discipline as a side benefit. This approach can be used for all sorts of questions: jobs, move, relationships.

It’s also useful for coping. There are no unreaslistic goals just unrealistic timeframes. At the moment it’s useful as I prepare for a month trip I have a large amount of commitments to wrap up, projecting forward a month I recognize that it’s all doable within that time period. That window of closure makes the sacrifices like not seeing my girlfriend, movies, dancing for 2 weeks worth it.

Btw, most 12 step programs and therapies are simply about graduated substitutions. Deep seated beaviors like addiction are impossible to wean without leverage, and thus suitable alternatives, and the process of creating them be fun. While I was hooked heavily on soda in high school (unlimited drinks for pizza delivery), one suitable replacement was making my own at home. Some simple variations are selzter water + 20 calories of agave + lemon + vanilla, all the fizz low calories and 100% natural. And home made ginger ale.

Intro

This is my first post. The purpose of this blog is to cover Thoughtfront(ing), a method and application for extending a broad range of ideas into physical reality, avoiding doublethink/recreation/working.

The word is similar to storm front, except instead of rain and lightning bolts, the spread of thoughts and building of new ideas, in a productive fashion.

This is somewhat related to GTD but for profusely creative people, where the 80/20 rule can sometimes lop off the head of the most innovative ideas, before they’ve been born.

Some Core Ideas on this blog

  • New Ideas are fragile, capture them in the wild.
  • Continual Clustering of ideas (prior to 80/20 when scheduling)
  • Embrace and Extend Metaphors
  • Thinking Tools

This is somewhat in contrast to GTD, and 4 hour workweek. But in actually thoughtfronting is a tool and strategy to be used at sometimes and avoided at others.

The goal of these posts for me is to capture the thoughts as real world reminds me, but eventually migrate into a wiki for better clarity, and software tools/games,  and ebooks to reach larger audiences.