A productivity and discipline tracking tool that helps us undisciplined creatures keep kicking the important boulders down the
road of life. Although the device looks complex, it is actually quite simple.
An artistic task and project tracking device I designed for keeping my focus on the big ticket items so I don’t get distracted by life’s trivium
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Here is the big picture overview of final product. Some of the gears yous see in the wheel are just decorative. They don’t actually turn.
The main idea of this device is to help us keep the main things in life the main things. Many have observed that life can be broken down into four major categories:
The purpose of this wheel is to help us spend lots of time in the Non-urgent important category of life. A little about how it works and then I’ll try to document the construction.
The Discipline Wheel:
The largest wheel has 365 holes in it, you guessed it, one for every day of the year. Each hole represents a day and once your daily discipline is completed for that day you can move the peg. The goal for this wheel is to not break your streak. This wheel should take you no longer than 5 minutes. Any longer than that any you are in danger of breaking the streak. The goal is to never miss. NEVER. You want to get used to the idea of being consistent. Even if its something as simple as brush teeth and read 3 pages of my book. It’s the consistency we value in this wheel. The consistency here will bleed over into your other wheels.
The Momentum Wheel:
The second largest wheel has about 150 holes in it. This wheel is intended to be done about 3 times a week. About is the operative word here. Do not get discouraged if you miss due to vacation or sickness or simply a bad day. Just pick try again later and keep going. The items on this wheel should take you 10-30 minutes. Once completed move your pegs along. There are multiple tracks for multiple disciplines that you want to keep track of. Examples in this category include things like learning piano or learning a language or reading a book or exercising. All of these activities are difficult if not impossible to do in a single setting so you have to spread them out over time. BUT if you wait too long you loose momentum and have to start over. 3 times a week is the perfect frequency for these types of disciplines.
The Worldview Wheel:
The next smallest wheel is the worldview wheel. This wheel is intended to help round out ones worldview. Each day we are asked to respond and make hundreds of decisions. The words out of our mouths and the decisions we make are functions of what we have in our brain already. This “mental ballast” is our worldview. We are limited by our experience and knowledge base. We can never make a decision wiser or more informed than what we bring to that moment. Hence, it is important that we be constantly learning and broadening our base of knowledge. Items to include on this wheel might be ongoing education, book reading, seminars, etc. These items might take 30-60 minutes and done once a week.
The smallest wheel is the legacy wheel. This is wheel represents things that take the most amount of sustained effort but can be spaced at far intervals. Things like writing, working on major projects, vision casting, life planning, etc. These can take 1-4 hours and should be done once or twice a month.
Once you load up your wheel with the disciplines you are interested in tackling, then you simply need to try and move those wheels. I like to plant accomplishment flags along the way to see my progress over time. For example, after I finish a book I will plant a flag with the book title to remind me through the year.
Okay, enough of the theory, let’s get on to construction.