May 25, 2014 11:07 PM Subscribe
At the beginning of Cirillo's paper on using and implementing the Pomdoro technique, there is a metaphysical justification about how we perceive time that is optimal. It seems opposed to the Pomodoro technique. Has anyone justified it?
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Now, Cirillo has this to say about our perception with regards to time:
Thinkers, philosophers, scientists – anyone who’s taken on the challenge of attempting to define time in and of itself and the relationship between people and time has always been forced to admit defeat. Such an inquiry, in fact, is inevitably limited and never complete. Few have given us any truly insightful perspectives. For example, according to the work of
Bergson and Minkowski, two profoundly interrelated aspects seem to coexist with reference to time:
1. Becoming. An abstract, dimensional aspect of time, which gives rise to the habit of measuring time (seconds, minutes, hours); the idea of representing time on an axis, as we would spatial dimensions; the concept of the duration of an event (the distance between two points on the temporal axis); the idea of being late (once again the distance between two points on the temporal axis).
2. The succession of events. A concrete aspect of temporal order: we wake up, we take a shower, we have breakfast, we study, we have lunch, we have a nap, we play, we eat, and we go to bed. Children come to have this notion of time before they develop the idea of abstract time which passes regardless of the events that take place.
Of these two aspects, it is becoming that generates anxiety – it is, by nature, elusive, indefinite, infinite: time passes, slips away, moves toward the future. If we try to measure ourselves against the passage of time, we feel inadequate, oppressed, enslaved, defeated, more and more with every second that goes by. We lose our élan vital, our vital contact, which
enables us to accomplish things.
Now, Cirillo has this justification. But it does not seem to follow that turning our experience of time into Pomodoros and counting the Pomodoros instead of being nervous about the extension (the measure, that is, or the dimensional quality) of time will turn our Becoming into the succession of events, because it could be that we impose this dimensional quantity into the discrete Pomodoro. I mean, it is not incompatible with discreteness to say that this discreteness has dimension. People talk about and think about things atomically all the time. Is it not the case that the Pomodoros slip and more towards the future?
Has anyone else thought about this? Has anyone made a productivity thing that dealt with this problem as posed here in a different way?