[A] My current time management technique

A project log for Interval Provisional [gd0097]

Scheduling conscious time like a CPU.

kelvinAkelvinA 03/29/2023 at 12:500 Comments
For the past 7+ days, I've been using the interval timer with the above program. The time it takes to actually do a task is 6 times longer than estimations, but conveniently it's rather accurate when taken into account. Thus, each red block can be thought of as 1 "mental-time" minute. So if something took 48 minutes to do, I'd think that was outrageous. However, if I say to myself that it took 8 minutes, I'd think "Yes. Of course. That's to be expected."

The yellow blocks are for transitions. The first of these blocks can be used as a warmup (because that's what its for) but it can also be a timer to start the next set of blocks after having a break. For me, it seems that I can only get my break down to 30 minutes if I've prepared in advanced, and lunch breaks usually are 60 - 90 minutes.

The purple blocks are for brain-off time. You may have heard the phrase "the mind is a muscle"? This is the rest period for such muscle. Things I've done in this time:

This entire thing is like a micro Poromodo Technique, it's just that I didn't have the stamina nor time awareness for 25 or 50 minute long work sessions before a break. 

Time is bundled into more managable chunks, as 60 seconds is quite short once getting into the flow. Coincidentally, each loop is 7.5 minutes long, so it means 8 loops = 1 hour. It's kinda similar to the Nether dimension in Minecraft, where 8 blocks in the Overworld = 1 block in the Nether.

Lastly, this solution abstracts time. You know about in-game currency and the psychology behind it? Similar idea here, further enhanced by my #TrueTent [gd0143] project that aims to make a temporary work area with artificial daylight to have a time-invariant seeming space.