I just saw an amazing video that shows the real-time progress of civilization over the past 200 years.
The content is inspiring, but this post is actually about the technology. Following on the heels of my post on Migrating from Listing to Scheduling, can you imagine a time when you are able to manipulate your schedule with this much ease? That is, you could turn on a switch from your smartphone which would then project as many days as you’d like in front of you.
You’d then be able to move around time commitments from one time slot to another effortlessly, between different days if you wanted, and be able to see where the errors are in overlaps, overly-ambitious time-frames, not enough exercise and the like.
You’d also be able to add in newly scheduled items from your email with the touch of a button, or from your paper pad or capture pen with the flick of a switch.
It’s futuristic stuff, but how close would we have to get for most of us to rely on schedules rather than lists? I just completed a time management book that argued, as most do, that it’s too hard to keep a calendar of tasks. That was probably inspired by the memory of trying to keep a schedule on paper.
Watch the video, and let me know if you get a glimpse of the future.