Directivity Diagramming

Day 129 Week 19 Q2 Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Ah, the power of diagramming when you have 1000 ideas flitting around your mind. You see, I have this theory that reality is not linear nor hierarchical and possibly only borderline causal. These thoughts sometimes make it difficult to organize the priorities for getting things done. This is when I like to drag out the diagramming part of my brain. You see, when you think primarily in words, dependencies do not necessarily emerge. But if you attempt to diagram out a set of things that you think need to happen, you can see visually what has to happen before that.

You see, the act of making a diagram tends to imply a flow of time in a particular direction even though you have the choice of left to right, right to left, up to down, or down to up. Hey, you could even arrange your activities in a spiral or a diagonal. It doesn’t matter because you are showing an order and since it is not one-dimensional but two dimensional at least you have a lot more degrees of freedom and how you organize your thoughts and if you want to actually change shapes of boxes or diagrams or colors or both, you can have even more than two or three or four dimensions.

You also have the option of using arrows, and they can be different colors, thicknesses, and arrowheads or not, and these arrowheads can be different from each other as well. The result for all of us is that a diagram is a far more flexible way to organize things than activities. If you wake up in the morning and your to-do list is out of control. Think about making a diagram instead.  I called this directivity diagramming because it permits me to define a direction for the day, and it is straightforward to edit. Perhaps not as easy to edit as a to-do list, but it depends on how quickly you are moving and how much you leave on the page.

This brings up another variable, which is the size of the page. A diagram created by a digital device can have an infinite canvas. It is drawn upon the size of the canvas and can change as needed. Another terrific aspect of diagramming is alignment. You can align the left or right to the top or bottom edges of each box, and you can capture more activities that were discovered because of the dependencies inherent in the diagram. Furthermore, when you are making a diagram instead of writing words, it seems to use a different part of the brain. At least it uses a different part of my brain. And that is a spatial part, which permits a more incredible amount of which my mind means a better approximation to reality.

Some days of plain ordinary list will suffice. You can always derive a list from your diagram if you want to. But if you are an extremely multidimensional person thinking about a considerable number of things, I recommend you give diagramming a try.