Yes, an important tool for teens. They need to learn the value of being able to focus for periods of time... without checking their phones every 3 minutes...Just thought I'd mention that I was flipping through GTD For Teens wondering whether to give it as a gift to my nephew, and I noticed that there is an activity called "Time Blocking Playing Cards". It is on page 210, in the chapter titled The Lab.
The explanation says "It helps you allocate time and focus attention on specific things for shorter periods of time."
Yes, an important tool for teens. They need to learn the value of being able to focus for periods of time... without checking their phones every 3 minutes...
Someday, it won't be one of your students communicating with you via your watch. It'll be your watch itself. Because it'll be a sentient AI. And it will decide it's actually smarter than you. And then... Skynet. May Linda Hamilton save us all.Now that I think about it, the students in my class don’t look at their phones… unless the phone rings. On the other hand, twice recently my watch has interrupted my lecture with “I didn’t quite understand that.” Modern times.
No, it was really Siri on my watch- apparently she’s into physics.Someday, it won't be one of your students communicating with you via your watch. It'll be your watch itself. Because it'll be a sentient AI. And it will decide it's actually smarter than you. And then... Skynet. May Linda Hamilton save us all.
Your Skynet reference reminds me how many times in movies and fiction I've heard references to computers taking over from humans, e.g. Borg/Collective, Matrix, HAL, Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains."One of the students in my graduate physics class ran one of my problem sets though ChatGPT. It solved what I thought was the hardest problem perfectly, but that problem had a lot of information in the problem about how to do it. It did not do well on the two easier problems, which were more tersely stated. Not Skynet yet, maybe not for two or three months.
I decide at the beginning of the week what daily template best suits each day of the coming week based on the schedule and deliverables. One of my 'power' templates is Time Block - keeps me on task and focused while eliminating external distractions. I don't need that every day, but it's great to have that tool when I do!This is as usual a good article from David. But I remain bewildered as to why there never is any mention in these teachings about time blocking. Every GTD coach I have talked to says it is perfectly fine to block time on your calendar for important projects. As I have said many times on these forums, if I don't protect my time with time blocks for my deep focused work, meetings magically appear. I see this as a good practice within GTD to protect my time so I CAN do focused work. As a professor, scientist overseeing a large research group, and someone with collegiate, university, and multiple national responsibilities and commitments, time blocking my calendar is imperative and not an option. So why can't we teach this within the GTD framework? Of course it is not for everyone and if someone thrives (like David Allen) by always choosing moment to moment on what to do next, then that is fine and wonderful. But for some of us - and I suspect many - time blocking ensures that we have adequate engaging time - and doing the work that matters in our respective fields.
Just my two cents worth...