So maybe you don't have a massive to-do list. And maybe you do.
What you most certainly don't have is time set aside for chaos.
So what's ‘time for chaos?'
Every single day as we are ‘getting things done', we almost always run into downtime. This includes us having to put out an emergency, or just getting tired, or something or the other. Yet, if you look at your schedule for the day, there's almost never an allocation for ‘things going wrong.'
There's never any time for chaos
Yet we have to plan for it. And I'm sure you're saying you don't have any time in your life for chaos. Well, listen/download this 2 minute audio (see below)–and listen to it (Note: You can also get a direct download from iTunes if you wish).
Love the colour!!! If you find your to do list getting blasted by the busy dragon, why not read David Allan’s books?
Sean D'Souza says
Somehow, reading his book didn’t solve my problem. I guess organised people don’t need David’s book. And people like me who have ten thousand things going at the same time, need to just factor in some chaos.
Though when you think about it, chaos has no friends. It strikes the organised as often as the disorganised.
Rob Cottingham says
Great cartoons, Sean! And that was pretty much my day in a nutshell. 🙂
Sean D'Souza says
Welcome to the party. This is why I literally keep several hours in a week absolutely free of any activity. For instance, I’ll keep Tuesday and Thursday loaded with stuff for the morning, and then nothing for the afternoon. Invariably, something pops up, and I’m grateful that I’ve allocated time for the confusion.
Oritseyemi E. Madamedon says
Believe me I totally agree with you regarding planning for Chaos Time.
There is this certain school of thought that believe that by planning for such, YOU ARE ACTUALLY BRINGING IT to your your.
Personally I do not agree with that concept of bringing it to yourself stuff.
I just think you are being realistic which is “choas is part of life. And you deal with it, how well you are prepared, how well you are mentored is what makes a huge difference”.
I think that is why some folks face chaos with laughter because in a way, they’ve made provision for it.
And chaos comes, they offer her a seat, give her a cup of tea or whateve to drive.
They both talk and later send choas away.
This way, they are not stressed.
ps: I personified chaos as her.
Dale Nuce says
Love this idea, now instead of planning a full day, which I can never complete, this allows me the time to manage a real life.
Thanks so much,
I like the idea, Sean. Just that, in my experience, I don’t
‘schedule’ chaos… Because it is chaos. I expect it to arrive
unanounced and unexpectedly. So, when it does, I am able to meet it
better as I have already planned the remaining time. I do agree
with you that people are unrealistic in their planning and expect
some clockwork regularity from themselves. Or maybe, they never did
stop believing they were Superman. Nevertheless, I would let chaos
do its work while I do mine. And, I like all the interesting stuff
on your site and your quirky take on them 🙂