I’m planning a new book – always a complex project! I want to use all I know to do this one efficiently – all the phases every hour, so the work is balanced. A little phasetimer clock right beside me makes more sense than a big one on the wall or set into the desk. Introducing the phasetimer alarm clock! Prototype $13 from Briscoes on special – nice quiet one with sweep motion second hand. Printed to size, inkjet on 250 gsm card, the original clock face pulled off the contact tape, phasetimer cut out and stuck on. Reassembled, and now ready to time my creative hours…
It goes with a new wall planner I’ve built with iron oxide paint on surface so I can stick movable pieces of magnetic sheet onto it, building up a whole book structure… this is the ‘flow rainbow’ revisited – see this post in my http://www.flowrainbow.wordpress.com: A Magnetic Book Planner
Just when I thought it was safe to say ‘done!’ I suddenly thought: the bands should be reversed so the smaller divisions go to the outside, like on a ‘normal’ clock… Like this:
I also refined the wording around the perimeter – hopefully a clear quick reference for the meaning of each phase… Like it?? 🙂 Download image and use if you want… Instruction manuals to come! Oh, and the card:
This is my latest (04 10 15 ) Phasetimer prototype (white frame because shop had no black), with an inner band for timing shorter cycles of four phases – fifteen minutes to go through a cycle, or 3.75 minutes per phase. This is for quick processing a question – also can be used to go through four cycles in an hour…iterations are of course all part of process and evolution.
For the ‘early adopters, should there be any here (you know who you are!) here is a free jpeg of the timer face, for printing out (on say 200gsm card) and glue-sticking to the face of a wall clock of your choice, so you can experiment with the timed 4phase method… The text around the edge gives you the basic idea of what you do in each phase. Alway start with phase 1 – though you can decide to be in a certain phase overall, then go through the cycle within that phase – ( as this two-level layout portrays, process is fractal). All I ask is, email me with ANY feedback you like (firstname.lastname@example.org)… Thanks, and enjoy the process! And click ‘follow’ on this blog so you get updates on the method and also the tools and literature… (Note 06 10 15: I changed the order of the layers – I think it looks better… I’ve added latest picture below this one:
Use either one – let me know which you prefer… or any suggestions…
This is the latest prototype of the phase clock or as it’s now mostly called, the phasetimer. the 4phase round table will have a recess for the timer – the rest of the time it could be on the wall…
This is the $4 prototype of the 4phase clock, as i contemplated it in bed with doglets this morning. ..
The idea is that process is time-related and directional so why not practice that flow with a clock…? Over one hour you get a balance of activities. Later i think an individualised clock will have a different spread – though it is highly directional, process is different for different people in the relative amounts of each phase.
This relates to your own ‘process profile’ . A questionnaire – being worked on! – can discover it and quantify the proportions of each phase that suits you. There are profiling methods out there of course, though none i know of that have any kind of sequential process as focus. But Kathy Kolbe –www.kolbe.com – does a ‘conative’ profile which is very cool. The four colours are similar to the 4 phases if you swap the red and blue…just not process-related to each other.
My profile was a 9 for the green phase which in her system is called ‘Quick start’ ie innovation… and only a 2 or was it 3 in the red phase of ‘followthrough’. Hm… I agree with the Kolbe theory that you can’t change your profile much if at all so you need to find a vocation that fits your profile- not try and change your profile to fit your job. BUT in the 4phase theory once in a vocation that fits your profile, there can be a more even spread of phases WITHIN your overall mostly green or yellow or blue or red profile. Process is fractal (to be technical). So an avant garde artist living mostly in the green phase will normally still do lots of red phase work- following through the initial sketch to a finished work. So his or her green process clock (phase clock?) could still be evenly spread between the four colours… to an outsider of course everything she did would look green-phase.