So how many times have you been sitting there waiting for something to load on your computer and watched that “process bar” tick off the percentage to completion? Ok, painful wasn’t it? Now let me ask you about the time you waited for something to download or a process where there wasn’t a progress bar? Was the program even working you would ask yourself, or maybe you wondered will this take another 10 seconds or maybe 10 minutes, should I get a cup of coffee or not? Yes there is no question about it, we don’t like to wait, however the only thing we hate worse is not knowing our position in whatever the situation we find yourself in.
This is where we need to create our own “process bar” in life for the various things we do. As this will provide us with a reference point in our task or tasks, rather than leaving us as a rudderless ship afloat in a sea of confusion, a progress bar provides us a position in time therefore in life too. As depending upon your age, your parents may have lived their life without ever seeing a process bar yet our world is now filled with them as you cannot seem to turn around without seeing one as even our TV’s today have them.
So how can you as a human create a process bar of your very own you ask while you take that last sip of morning coffee before heading out to the office for the day? Well there are a couple tricks I will share that seem to work for me and the first is in my outlook calendar as I book the entire day start to end and even if it’s blank time, it gets booked. Here you have to love colors too as that is another helpful hint in itself. Now having done this, you now have a clear start as well as a stopping point for your day which is a key requirement for any “progress bar“. So as you “progress” through your day you know your exact position in your day as well as your tasks.
Another nifty trick if you will in applying a “process bar” methodology to a task list is as you make your daily list (what you don’t make a daily list! Well start!), then along the side of your pad draw a line and as the tasks are clicked off, place a tick mark on the line allowing you to “visualize” your position within the list on the line.
With these two hints alone, it’s easy to see that many options exists to create simple forms of visualizing your position using basic means and tools. As the driving logic is having a position available at a glance as the goal is to relate this position to a point in time. Much as when you glance at your GPS while driving you are provided a position of where you are at in route as well as how long you have to go. So now where was that I was at…