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Happiness System IV

Nearly there, I promise. I think I’m equally feeling the need to get all this down, structured and internally debated as I seek a life raft of more stability/ process/ systematic behaviour in my life as a result of the amount going on in my life at the moment. As well as the amount that I’m trying to achieve.

9. One 24hrs of total brain rest. Nothing being done to self-improve or create or build mentally. All and anything brain relaxing allowed.

10. A weekly time slot to review commitments, obligations and list and drop, drop, drop. Make more time.

11. (too much confusion with 1,2 and 3 below and I’ll work on the differentiations, but:) One view of overall life mission, and cascade to visions, goals, accountabilities and responsibilities with an ability to view Very Next Actions for each project (a BIG sheet of a paper) 

12. A daily/ weekly/ monthly/ yearly plan that I’m actioning, and know that it’s right. I need to sort out the overlap or alignment with My3Things

I think what’s as interesting as anything else in trying to define all of this in such a systematic and dispassionate way is a. how realistic it is to ever maintain the mindfulness and energy levels to operate t this level to ahieve the happiness anticipated and b. how likely I am to reacte, reaching a tipping point of just doing what feels right at the time rather than following the system

My aim is to see whether using these pages to debate this system and its conflicts will make my usage more habitual and ingrained. Or not.

Happiness System III

Building on one of the exercises in Mark Forster’s Do It Tomorrow and borrowing from my last Madgex hack day project, My3Things (an anonymous 360 degree feedback tool which automates the aggregation of individual feedback into a report the line manager can take the individual through) I introduced item 5. of the Happiness System this morning:

5. My3Things: a closed list of only 3 things that I will achieve today. Set according to priorities the night before/ early morning

6. Ruthless 1 topic focus: a Do It Tomorrow ‘capture’ list for any distractions/ thoughts arising during that 1 topic focus (typically a note pad or Outlook task with a due date of tomorrow)

7. ‘Unassailable’ Time slots allocated for the daily review of priorities and projects against Vision and Goals

8. Every task accepted into task management system has Very Next Action decided and noted (Very David Allen)

Next four tomorrow….

Happiness System II

So, is it possible?

Having a conversation with one of our most senior managers today who has more end to end responsibility in the company than anyone else. We were discussing their feelings of control or otherwise, and the speed that it can feel that balance and control is lost.

It got me talking about my thoughts around a Happiness System. The idea that there are certain key activities or tasks peculiar to an individual that when done, or kept on top of a daily, weekly or other period basis allow that person to maintain a level of balance and control. A system for achieving Happiness of Self-Management.

The next steps are to start defining them. I’ve started for myself:

  1. One list and one set of numbered priorities
  2. A ‘frog’ (see Brian Tracy) ranked view of projects at my fingertips
  3. Always having a ranked and sorted system of tasks to my time/ priorities and energies to (the Do it Tomorrow view) – I’m debating the differentiating characteristics to 1. and 2. above
  4. An 80:20 approach to any free time. 80% will always be on the important, 20% on the urgent (the Covey approach)….

To be continued

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