Everyone says they’re busy, but most of us struggle to make headway on what’s most important. Life feels like it happens to us, instead of like something we’re creating.
Our calendars are failing us.
The traditional month-grid calendar layout (think iCal and Google Calendar) was designed hundreds of years ago to help people plant crops and pay taxes. It can’t distinguish between routine events and the things that are truly important. And by only showing a single month at a time, it lets deadlines sneak up on you.
We’ve created a series of timeines around the 2020 US Elections. We’re able to vote in November because generations of activists, lawyers, and teachers marched, fought, and VOTED. These timelines puts our votes in the context of this struggle.
We overestimate what we can do in a year. And underestimate what we can do in ten years. Long term, intergenerational projects require new tools for looking across long time scales. We need to change the way we see time by changing our daily view.