Time management for anarchists
March 4, 2006 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Time Management for Anarchists is an idea long overdue...if you ask me.
posted by mickeyz (37 comments total)
Interesting...I followed several links from the page and came across the "43 Folders" stuff...does any one know where I can find that concept summarized in 143 words or less?
posted by david1016 at 6:10 AM on March 4, 2006

12 folders, one for each month.
31 folders, one for each day of the month.
43 folders.
posted by fixedgear at 6:31 AM on March 4, 2006

Slingshot Organizer.
posted by beerbajay at 6:45 AM on March 4, 2006

This just looks like another branch of th GTD cult.
posted by splatta at 6:50 AM on March 4, 2006

That is a an excellent companion to the book "The Now Habit" that I recently read. (The book was recommended in an ask.me thread. It's about how to avoid procrastinating.)

Thanks, mickeyz.
posted by jaronson at 7:01 AM on March 4, 2006

The sound effects were annoying, as was the fact that "Mike" was Karl Marx. Who was Emma?
posted by arcticwoman at 7:30 AM on March 4, 2006

Emma Goldman.
posted by Miko at 7:42 AM on March 4, 2006

"Mike" is Mikhail Bakunin, not Marx.
posted by Hlewagast at 7:48 AM on March 4, 2006

Marx wasn't an anarchist.
posted by trey at 7:57 AM on March 4, 2006

I like the assumption that your main problem when you quit your job isn't lack of money, it's lack of a time organization structure. But I think the message is kinda cute, and maybe useful for some kid who hasn't learned the difference between servitude and self dicipline.
posted by tula at 8:10 AM on March 4, 2006

My attention span was too short to watch that. Why not just write all that out so I could read it in two minutes and get on with my life. I don't get the point of putting it in flash.
posted by empath at 8:16 AM on March 4, 2006

My bro sent forwarded this exc. post. Thanks. -from carpenters to mathemeticians to whatever your job may be, learning to take one step at a time and follow them, is what seperates the men from the thumbless
posted by unklspot at 8:22 AM on March 4, 2006

Smash the state!
Break the law!
Stay in bed
'Til half-past-four!
posted by carter at 8:25 AM on March 4, 2006

BTW this was great - thanks!
posted by carter at 8:29 AM on March 4, 2006

Wonderful way to start the weekend.

Unfortunately, I have a mental block against using organizers. I have a drawer full of notebooks, organizers, folios, and even a Palm Pilot or two. Nothing works for me except keeping a large ball of stress in my brain at all times.

I wonder if my early grave will compensate for the extra time I would have spent jotting everything down.
posted by 99th Percentile at 8:42 AM on March 4, 2006

What exactly is this wonderful idea? Write things down? And what has this got to do with anarchy?
posted by Orange Goblin at 9:11 AM on March 4, 2006

That was great. It's rooted in what I find is the best idea behind Anarchism, (I'm not an Anarchist, but I like to mix and match the best ideas from different -isms). total freedom isn't about chaos but self discipline based on a well developed (some would call it "natural", but that's a whole other discussion) personal sense of ethics. It seems to me, people who are constantly late and/or missing deadlines and opportunities in life have a poor sense of dignity. They're constantly having to make excuses to themselves and others. Leading to low self esteem, bitterness, anger and depression etc... It's a destructive cycle and no joke, truth be told. But also there's no denying planner books are a huge but necessary drag. You have to make friends with one and put it in a language that appeals to you. breaking down large tasks into more manageable bite sized pieces and a way to see the progress you're making helps. Also crucial is a friend or support group of sorts, or significant other. , doing stuff in isolation is very very difficult. It's crucial you engage with people you care about as you go about completing your tasks.
posted by Skygazer at 9:28 AM on March 4, 2006

That's the problem with anarchists, they don't play by anyone's rules... not even their own!
posted by clevershark at 10:25 AM on March 4, 2006

That's the problem with anarchists, they don't play by anyone's rules... not even their own!
posted by clevershark at 1:25 PM EST on March 4 [!]

That sounds more like nihilism.
posted by Skygazer at 10:49 AM on March 4, 2006

And remember, write legibly so your military tribunal will have an easier time prosecuting you for your treasonous acts of free thought.
posted by Balisong at 11:15 AM on March 4, 2006

Actually it's interesting, how all those "isms" degenerate into nihilism. As evidenced by the extreme version of capitalism propagated by the neocon Bush administration.

Anyhow that's a digression but, I blame Balisong.
posted by Skygazer at 11:49 AM on March 4, 2006

posted by Skygazer at 11:51 AM on March 4, 2006

I find it hard to believe that the creator of that Flash site thought he was saying something interesting. His insights can be summed up as:

(1) Use a day planner.
(2) Write down things you want to do.
(3) Break down things you want to do into discrete tasks.
(4) Figure out how much time each task will take.
(5) Use external deadlines, not self-imposed ones, to force you to get things done.
(6) Don't put things off until the last minute.
(7) Take time for yourself occasionally.

How is this any different from the insights expressed in a million time-management books--or from common sense, for that matter?
posted by jayder at 11:55 AM on March 4, 2006

How is this any different...?

It's different because of who he's pitching it to.
posted by spacewaitress at 1:59 PM on March 4, 2006

At first I thought it was time management was for antichrists. It would make sense because you always have to wait around for them.
posted by srboisvert at 2:14 PM on March 4, 2006

As if anarchists ever do anything useful.
posted by crabintheocean at 2:19 PM on March 4, 2006

I found this very enjoyable and potentially useful. I don't carry a tiny organizer around, or a PDA, but do use my Powerbook's iCal more and more, and find it liberating (for some reason, perhaps fear of writing things down that have to be crossed-out, which I think, subconsciously, says WRONG/FAILURE, I've never loved a paper agenda).

And, however irrational it may be, the messenger of the organization method is important: Mom telling me to get organized never really worked.
posted by ParisParamus at 2:22 PM on March 4, 2006

I was too busy smashing the state to wait for this to play.
posted by jessamyn at 2:47 PM on March 4, 2006

Well um...you certainly smashed it. Real good too. Err...never knew what hit it. I'm sure.

posted by Skygazer at 3:48 PM on March 4, 2006

I enjoyed your link, beerbajay, with the odd names for the colors. I can't see any difference between the color "Santorum," however, and the color "Menstruation." (And no, I'm not making those up.) And except the little flecks of whatever, it looks suspiciously like "Compost Happens."

My personal favorite of the color names is "Officer Krupke's Slutty Blue Eye Shadow."
posted by leftcoastbob at 5:01 PM on March 4, 2006

Ah, those wacky anarchists. Yes, smash the state but do use a notebook to help you organise... oh sorry, did I say organise?... I meant...uh...remember...uhh...stuff you might want to do whilst being oh-so-classless and free and unfettered by the restrictive society you're actually leeching off, and without which you'd be naked to the wolves and turned into the worthless fucking rapemeat you deserve to be for imagining for one batshit crazy second that you're anything other than a self-centred, parasitical slimeworm of average-to-slightly-more-than-average IQ whose hobbies are intellectual paedophilia, bitterness, frustration displacement and involuntary tooth grinding.

Anarchy is the politics of the spoilt brat of limited intellect.
posted by Decani at 6:39 PM on March 4, 2006 [1 favorite]

FWIW, most of the anarchists I've ever met have been total control freaks.
posted by availablelight at 7:17 PM on March 4, 2006

Wow, Decani. There must be quite the story behind that rant.
posted by leftcoastbob at 10:05 PM on March 4, 2006

I'm sorry this is the introduction to Mr. Munroe's site because it's a bit dull and not that revolutionary, frankly (no, uh, pun intended). It looks like the "my first flash self-tutorial" school of "video" production.

On the other hand, there is a lot of good stuff on his site, and he's also a very decent speculative fiction author. I purchased his second and third self-published books (Angry Young Spaceman and Everyone in Silico) and enjoyed both. I'll probably purchase his newest book as well. To the haters and mockers, I gotta ask, how many books have you self-published? There's some good stuff on the site, anyway, if you aren't, like Decani, too enraged by the affront of radical leftist politics (maybe lousy flash is the real trigger, I don't know). You know man, those rants are where the weaknesses in the blood vessels start. The throbbing.
posted by nanojath at 11:31 PM on March 4, 2006

Calling GTD a cult is derivative at best.
posted by nomad at 11:39 PM on March 4, 2006

If all economics is, is the coordination of individual plans (a la libertarianism) plus the coordination of social plans (communitarianism), then it makes perfect sense for anarchists to want to work on their own planning skills.

The other half of it, tho, is the communitarian part, which involves how to run a meeting, having consensus / facilitation skills, and even (oh horror of horrors) strategic planning

If you can plan, and get together in your community to plan and share their visions for the community, then you will be ready and perhaps even able to resist the plans of powerful state and monied interests, whose top-down, single-minded plans usually involve destroying your community and environment.

I think these are elements in common of all the different anarchisms, the philosophies that say that social ills come from the nation-state's use of coercive force on its own populace--from libertarianism to anarcho-syndicalism to radical democratic socialism to "ParEcon."

I mean, this is the talk of people in my community of athens, GA, who have successfully (for now) resisted some attempts to destroy housing by the development of the regional hospital, at the will of the hospital administration and the chamber of commerce.

We don't succeed often, but when we do, it's because people are organized. There are attempts to make things a bit more pro-active, by getting neighborhood groups to come up with a plan, then shop that plan around to developers, thus bypassing the (Republican) chamber of commerce, taking the wind out of their sails. Most of these people aren't "anarchists"; but i'm willing to think that body of literature and those traditions of practices explain why some things work and others don't.

But perhaps Decani is named after the Serbian monastery, so (s)he doesn't like talk of "no gods no masters"? Or she's met too many crust punkers.
posted by eustatic at 11:47 AM on March 5, 2006 [1 favorite]

Wow, Decani. There must be quite the story behind that rant.

Nah. I've just read the literature and met the wankers.
posted by Decani at 4:37 PM on March 5, 2006

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