Haven't twenty-four hours been enough to handle all your daily chores and still pursue your dreams?
But how much of your time is invested in the things that really matter to you? And how much time is spent on absolutely unnecessary actions?
In "The Triad of Time", you'll be amazed at a method that is much more than just a set of tips for becoming more productive and devoting yourself to what's really important in your life.
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Christian Barbosa's "The Triad of Time", first published in 2004, presents a method of personal planning based on productivity.
"The Triad of time" is a concept developed from a survey of over 42, 000 people worldwide. The result of applying this method is a more organized and balanced personal life.
Christian Barbosa is one of Brazil's leading experts in time management and personal productivity. An early entrepreneur, Christian soon discovered the stresses of working life, which led him to create this work to develop thousands of people to have their actions put into practice.
He is the founder of Triad Productivity Solutions, a company that develops courses and software and offers consultancy and lectures on productivity and collaboration.
Christian is also a columnist in several publications in Brazil and abroad.
As an author, besides "The Triad of Time", he has five other published books about the same theme.
Especially for leaders and managers, from small to larger companies, as Christian Barbosa provides many passages and examples from the corporate world.
This reading is also highly recommended for anyone seeking a more organized and effective personal and professional life.
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In the Barbosa's view, any effective change is possible only from the conjunction of three powers (the triad of change):
In the middle of the post-industrial age, traditional time management techniques remain stuck in the past, with anachronistic points such as:
First, we need to understand the concepts of the importance and urgency of an activity. So:
The concept of the triad of time divides activities into three spheres:
Circumstantial activities are, in essence, unnecessary. However, they exist either for convenience or for being socially appropriate. They cannot be ignored.
In the triad of time, Barbosa says that the spheres don't mix. Thus, by denying that an activity can be both important and urgent at the same time, this approach doesn't create the illusion that we are acting on important issues when in reality we are addressing urgencies.
In identifying our daily activities according to the view of the triad of time, it is ideal that our time is taken mainly by important activities, followed by urgent and circumstantial, in a proportion of 70%, 20%, and 10%, respectively.
This chapter of "The Triad of Time" intends to present some definitions, such as the following concepts used throughout the book:
The symbol chosen for the triad method is a five-pointed star that simultaneously refers to success, the idea of direction and the human being as a whole.
The triad method consists of a five-phase cycle. They are:
From this chapter of "The Triad of Time", Christian Barbosa goes on to explore each of the phases of the method, beginning with the phase of identity.
In the search for our identity, we must be clear about the different roles we take in everyday life (son, father, spouse, boss, etc.).
Each role occupies its place in our existence and has limits to its performance so that one role doesn't contaminate others.
Each role we play may deserve complete application cycles of the triad methodology.
Here we refer to four dimensions of human existence, which are:
Personal balance is in the balance of each of the four bodies.
Just as many companies do, each person can also define their personal mission by giving direction and purpose to their life.
A person's mission concerns his beliefs, philosophy of life, and purpose. It guides your steps and decisions.
At the same time, the mission is the convergence of all the elements that make up a person's identity: their roles, their dreams, their beliefs, and their values.
Setting goals is a way of making sense of our actions. Goals should be set for the short, medium, and long term.
To set goals, we can adopt the S. M. A. R. T model developed by Peter Drucker. So by answering the following questions, the goals should be:
Planning gives an order to the goals set. The first rule to be followed defines that:
This rule, known as "8-4-2", aims to keep the focus on chosen goals.
An annual plan should include the following steps:
In turn, Barbosa establishes that monthly planning should include the following steps:
And the weekly planning includes the following steps:
This phase aims to prevent the mess from disrupting the triad methodology. The organization takes place on three levels:
Includes activities such as:
Digital documents should be organized, including:
Christian Barbosa says in "The Triad of Time" that with the transformation of information into a strategic asset for companies, it is important to establish mechanisms for easy recording and retrieval of all knowledge generated, captured and shared by employees.
Starting from the weekly planning, a daily prioritization of actions should be made, consisting of:
In everyday life, there is always the risk that unexpected events will compromise the progress of planned activities. Thus, there should be an action flowchart to address them, minimizing impacts on other activities.
This action flowchart shall provide for the possibility of:
Barbosa says that the implementation of the triad methodology for teams requires focusing on the collaboration element, which results from a trinity that links methodology, people, and technology.
Some measures are helpful in ensuring that the methodology is applied to teams, such as:
Throughout "The Triad of Time", the author refers to three trinities:
The author proposes a fourth trinity: the reader's commitment to himself. This trinity consists of the following actions:
Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky's "Make Time" offers a variety of tactics to help you make the most of your time. To do this, you must follow the 4 steps: Highlight, Focus, Energy, and Reflection.
David Allen's book "Getting Things Done" teaches you how to manage your time in ways that increase productivity and reduce stress.
Finally, the book "Taking Control of Your Time" is divided into 4 parts, consisting of 15 articles. All of them are from different authors and it brings the most varied views and strategies on controlling your time.
Immediately, we can say that the content of "The Triad of Time" is 100% applicable to your daily life.
But a great hands-on introductory method you can apply is to identify among all your day-to-day activities, which ones are important, which are urgent, and which are circumstantial.
This simple exercise can help you understand how your time has been spent. Very important decisions for your life can be made from this information.
For full adherence to the method, follow exactly the steps suggested in the book, mentioned here, phase by phase.
Ideally, according to the author, you should set aside a week to apply the Identity and Goals phases, then a week to the Planning phase, and another week for the Organization, to finally apply the Execution of your tasks.
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