Soft Launch of the 19 Ways™ of Personal Productivity Series

Cover image for 19 Days: A Fortnight Plus FiveA new book, 19 Days: A Fortnight Plus Five, should soft-launch by Thursday, to co-incide with the US Bishops “Fortnight for Freedom,” see Soft-launch means that we’re going to follow a lean startup process for the book, to invite comments from interested readers, prior to final release in hardcopy. While I don’t promise to make all suggested changes, those whose input does pass muster with the editorial board will receive a mention!

Here’s the Tablet of Contents

and a few cool graphics.

    1: Cycle Through Your Shared Environment
    2: Working Smart Not Just Hard
    3: Shared Giving
    4: Shared Chores
    5: Shared Meals
    6: Shared Prayer
    7: The Gift Of Time
    8: Little Things Mean A Lot More Than You Think!
    9: Catch People Doing Things Right
    10: Compliments That Sneak Up On You
    11: Puzzlers
    12: Treasure Hunt
    13: Class Field Trips
    14: Resolving Dissonance
    15: Hugs And Touch Therapy
    16: Technical Torments
    17: Advanced Puzzlers
    18: Fun Stuff
    19: Innovation

from the Preface:

The first book in the Skerja Communications lifestyle library is the foundation of the 19 Ways™ of Personal Productivity movement. Given the “four points of the compass” and the adage that many people today search for direction more than ever before, there is a math novelty called the Metonic cycle that we’ve adapted to manage the mental shift between living moment-by-moment, day-to-day and planning year to year.

Back in the day (440 BC), Meton of Athens recognized a way to reconcile the lunar cycle typically used for monthly events and the solar year, used for planting and seasonal celebrations. As a leading astronomer, Meton realized 235 lunar months was within two hours of nineteen solar years, thus bringing the lunar and solar cycles into harmony.

Since 365 less four “cardinal days” is 361, it’s both fascinating and convenient (for our plans) that 361 = 192 (or 19×19 for the non-math-minded). Orienting our “personal productivity compass” with the 19 Ways™ techniques is simple, with no claim of easy.

Assigning our seasonal cardinal days is both practical and intensely personal: some might choose their wedding anniversary, Easter, their birthday and Christmas, while others might just as effectively choose those days where the sun’s path crosses the plane of the earth’s rotation (the ecliptic), more technically known as the equinoces (plural of equinox), the longest days and the solstices, or shortest days. The gains begin when we visualize using a year of nineteen-day units that readily “stack” on top of each other like rings of canned pineapple.

This “stacking” allows us to overlay conventional calendars with insights that only come with this “scaled scheduling.” Because these nineteen-day units or mini-Metonic cycles (MMC), end on varying days of the week keeps our perspective fresh. For the outdoorsman in you, this approach allows us to “spiral up” like a mountain trail, so we’re seeing the same situations over time, yet from a more experienced perspective.

Why don’t we just use two weeks?

o          They always end on the same day, lending to rote & habit, rather that the freshness that comes from “discovery.”

o          There is no correlation between the short-term and long-term, so the aid in mental shifting is lost.

Combining this ancient knowledge with modern understanding, we can use the Systemkey™ framework ( to establish a practical way to “scale” our focus at will: detail for the most relevant tasks and scoping out to an overview for longer-term agendas. Yes, it would be nice if people just used common sense, but most of the people you know went to public schools, so you can defenestrate that puppy. When you do, make sure the window is open first…

Just like Descartes made the bridge between algebra and geometry, 19 Days introduces a graphical bridge between nineteen year cycles and nineteen day cycles. This fresh approach allows us to overlay our new-found insight onto conventional calendars, building bridges that allow us to scurry across the River of Time from now-to-then and back again. This book sets out a practical way to vary the scope and scale of your relationships to uplift, engage and inspire those most important to you.

Two 19 Ways™ colophons will guide us through:

19 Ways lighthouse logoThe lighthouse represents taking the long-term view, scanning the horizon for both risks and opportunities. The sage Joseph Schumpeter has timeless advice for those who think that buying or using a piece of software or a device, no matter how complex or expensive, no matter how “cool” or in vogue, is their ticket to sail the sea of tranquility. Those who keep their ship on an even keel and know how to read the water, air and sky, know of a storms’ approach before it even breaks the horizon. When one encounters a storm at sea-or on the prairie-there’s no where to hide. There’s no way to avoid the “perennial gale of creative destruction” so old salts and those who learn from them, invest the resources-before there is any visible need to-because those who wait until they can see the storm, have planned to be lost at sea.

Inaction is a decision. Choose wisely.
Chose life for yourself and those you love.

19 Ways spyglass logoThe spyglass represents immediate needs or scoping in for detail. The 19 Ways™ productivity framework is like a walk in the forest: Systems Thinking teaches us how to scale our perspective to study the forest or the trees, while Systems Engineering tells us what to do with the data we find. Rather than a simplistic “either/or” 19 Ways™ teaches us the value of “yes/and” with tailored information, data, experiences, enrichment: just enough but not too much. The tailor who tells you that “the length is fine, you’ll grow into it” shall not remain a professional’s tailor too long (pun intended), as they fail in the haber­dasher’s most basic charge to serve and obey. Servant leadership often means telling those whom you love what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear. Just like Augustine of Hippo writes “an unjust law is no law at all,” we must climb the mountain of character to deliver the unreasonable excellence that makes our product (and a service is a product), irresistible in the marketplace.

Dividing Your Day

Chapter 7: The Gift Of Time includes insights akin to the “big rocks in first” ideas of time management, with practical applications (both software and practices) to help you get more out of your day by learning to live your life in layers.

As ever,

Carpe Diem!


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