I was asked to break down my daily routine and plot it out on a piece of paper as part of a general exercise for a leadership seminar course that I am taking right now with criminal justice. The requirement was to list how we got to work everyday, and then look at how we could improve our performance and efficiency of that to increase the value of our everyday cycles. In other words, how to take control of our time management, and overall time usage, so that we can become better able to control our environments and ultimately be better leaders. There was more to the class, but I am not going to go into the whole day’s course material, just the flow-chart part on work/day cycles.
What I took from this tiny segment of today’s lesson was that my everyday cycle sucked as I broke every part of my routine down into individual components. When you really look at it, we mainly do three things: Sleep, Work, Home. Once in a while, on weekends, we get to stay home, but more often than not, we have our work cycle at home too that keeps this cycle going on and on and on. I found for me, I was better off not looking at the world in the form of flow-charts, but rather, more as a complex algorithm instead. Flow-charts do not show the flexibility in ones everyday life unless you want to plot out a fifteen hundred component flow-chart. Take for example, you become sick, or some emergency pops up. Try and flow-chart that!
So the more we charted our daily activities, the more depressed I got. At one point, I realised that flow-charts somehow over simplified the process; take away the day’s value and leave you with a robotic pattern that dehumanises life altogether. So, perhaps flow-chart should not be used for plotting daily actives of ones life. Instead, flow-charts should be best kept for running a business, or for scientific purposes and so on.
I will let you be the judge: does this flow-chart make you depressed, or at least make you feel that this does not belong to a human being, but should be in a service manual for a business proposal? Or, does this serve a purpose, showing you, the reader, a average day in the life of Thomasso? This is my routine, my daily life on a typical weekday.
Personally I think flow-charts are cool, and serve a huge purpose, but they should also be used wisely, and for specific tools of explaining. I think the reader is given a false sense of reasoning when these charts are use becuase they do not show the hidden variables that always pop up in life, like speeding, or traffic accidents going to work.