You can’t function in society if you don’t involve yourself in the fictions society accepts about time. But you do so with the understanding that you’re playing a game.
— Brad Warner, Zen Master
Today, I feel pretty comfortable with my relationship to Time. That’s a new thing for me to be able to say. Most of my adult life has felt like a Thunderdome style battle to the death with Time.
I remember feeling that the basic responsibilities of life simply required more hours per day then there are on a clock. I was mostly wrong about that.
It took me a very long time to learn the real problem.
For all of my twenties I was pretty bad at regulating my attention and focus. Because of that, I was also pretty bad at a bunch of other things. Planning, following through, staying on task, listening, remembering, and many more fundamental skills.
This was the real root of my troubles with Time.
The full story of how I made progress on those fundamental weaknesses is longer than Game of Thrones and more boring than Downton Abbey. I’ll spare you the story of the road, and share with you the things I do today to be my best self.
All of the techniques that I depend on to function show up in my terminal based mindful workday tool, Soji .
Soji combines elements of The Pomodoro Technique , Quantified Self , Zen , journaling, and note taking.
It helps me specifically to direct my working hours into three things:
Staying on task
Quality, quantity, and authenticity of communication
Here’s how it works
With Soji, I am always doing one of five things. I’m either in a Pomodoro, at a meeting, having lunch, meditating, or taking a break. I don’t consider anything a “bad day” except for having a block of time that is not in one of those states.
I almost always start my day with the command