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The Natural Planning Rhythm

In another post:

I discussed the concept of “Entrepreneurial Manic-Depression”, which I encountered in this post on Tim Ferriss’s blog:

I think that “fractal awareness” brings a lot of clarity to the phenomenon of Entrepreneurial Manic-Depression. I hint at why in my earlier post, and will expound more in my forthcoming work “The Fractal Planning Solution”.

Here is a video that helps illustrate the natural rhythm of a project.

The project I’m illustrating in the video is a small project, so manic-depression never had a change to appear :-) But it illustrates how things go in bigger projects, as the vision of the amount of remaining work will expand and contract as you work on it.

Imagine being a bit discouraged whenever the plan grows, and optimistic when the plan shrinks.

(This is the same plan I showed in the video in this post: But this time, I’m removing completed items as I go)

[NOTE: There is NO SOUND in this video.]

Does that feel familiar?

To success at every scale!


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  1. Brad
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jim,
    I’m a customer…your software is the BEST time mgt software I’ve ever used….but did I see on this video that Fractal Planner integrates with Google Calendar? And if so…how do I do that?

    • admin
      Posted April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Brad. May I quote you :-) The Google Calendar integration is a one-way integration. Here’s how it works. Each task line in your master plan has the action icons on the right. The calendar icon is in the second row of icons (click on the […] to see it. All you do is pick a date and time, and click submit, and it will log the info in your Fractal Planner and send you to Google Calendar with the info. You can enter more information at Google if you want. At the FP end, when your event gets to within 24 hours, it moves it to your to do list (if it’s not already there).

  2. Brad
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    HOLY CRAP…That’s cool…didn’t know you could do that….guess I didn’t go exploring enough. Very cool though, I like that feature and was wondering about it.

    And yes, you can quote me

  3. Posted October 26, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

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