You may have as much time as Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein, but the assault on it, that has been developing in our lifetimes, is unprecedented.
Fortunately for us, advanced cognitive science offers equally unprecedented insights into how we perceive time, perceive time differently than others, and on how are perception of time influences our cognitive biases, attention span, and deployment of our energy.
Going into the today’s knowledge work day without understanding how you perceive and manage time is like trying to find the fast lane on a dirt road.
This program hones in on the development of conscious awareness of the intersection of your time, attention, and energy supported by a deliberate practice of bringing them together. To outcome is to achieve the sense of purpose and satisfaction that results from time well spent.
When you take this program you will...
Learn cognitive strategies to drive better predictions and results
Learn to manage your time on a daily, weekly, and three-week basis
Learn better decision making
Increase productivity for optimum success
Plain and simple, this program will help you get the most of your time.
Prerequisite: The Focus Survey (15-20 minutes)
The industry’s most advanced measurement conveying the underlying cognitive drivers of your attention, energy, and time.
Over the next eight to twelve weeks, apply close metacognition to what shows up in a task period, a day, a week, and a three-week period using the three-column time sampling log.
For each lesson we will apply the following cognitive positions from the sampling log:
1. Anticipation: Capture how you anticipate the selected time period: what you plan to accomplish and, importantly, under what conditions do you anticipate this will show up to help and hinder your ability to complete your intentions
2. Activation: During the period of engagement, log what shows up during the selected period; not just what you do, but what impacts you as you engage that period of time.
3. Reflection: Reflect on what you anticipated and what happened to become more aware of what impacts your engagement with your intentions.
Engagement 1: Task Period
Select an upcoming day and time when you apply the three cognitive positions that show up with any engagement: anticipation, activation, reflection. This period will be between one hour and two hours.
Engagement 2: Day
Sample your engagement flow over the course of a day. Anticipate what you can and will do over the course of one day. Log it in large categorical ways. Then reflect on the difference between the anticipated and actual.
Engagement 3: Week
Create an anticipated week-at-glance calendar, examining your use of time on a macro level. Then fill in a second week-at-glance calendar with what shows up. Then review the two.
Engagement 4: Three weeks
Last, bring metacognition to your engagement flow for this extended period. We choose three weeks because research and observation show us any intentions, next actions, projects and priorities that don’t get engaged in a three-week period, won’t happen in any consequent three-week period without a significant change in metacognition.
How we work with you
Time will be applied dynamically. Task period and day sampling are exercises you’ll want to make part of your future repertoire. Like the Weekly Review®, you’ll first get coaching for it, then will apply it as your own practice.
Our experience is that the coaching for task period and Day Sampling takes 15 to 30 minutes in the preview, and 30 minutes in the reflection. Depending on what shows up, you may want extended support.
By the time you reach the Week and Three-Week exercises, you’ll have experience with the concept, and our coaching will become more strategic to help you create the conditions for success.