Cycles and Shifts (Calendar)

Created Monday, June 20th, 2022



Author: Mattanaw, Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh

Former Chief Architect, Adobe Systems

Current President/Advisor, Social Architects and Economists International.



The second section, after my section with concrete tasks for the day was the calendar section. Of course all are familiar with paper calendars. In business, one might depend on the calendar to organize meetings and to control scheduling, and to stay aware of the times of happenings, and perhaps even for time zone management. Since using the simple paper calendar to stay aware of upcoming events, birthdays and holidays, I’ve become much more adept and dependent on calendar applications, like Google Calendar and Outlook.

On returning to my personal form, and rational times, I’m wanting to modify my calendar based on some new observations, and to break out from traditional usage to a more sophisticated conception that can serve my other interests and not only interests in being reminded about upcoming days, and on organizing my meetings for work.

Firstly, I have changed the name from:



Cycles and Shifts.

One might wonder “What is wrong with Calendar?”

Consider that your use of the calendar is purely inherited and has not incorporated your intellectual views about what time consists of and how the calendar relates to your own personal cycles in your biology. It is unlikely that you’ve influenced the calendar with your own creativity, and like me before, in my use of my Personal Form, and my use of digital calendars, I have received but not contributed.

This newer version of my time management approach is not merely a copy of existing approaches at calendars.

Calendars as Simple Lists

One goal I had that I did not yet accomplish was to get off of using calendar management tools provided by large software companies that end up controling your activities and locking you into their software products, with the consequence that 1) You might be doing things in ways that could have been simpler, and 2) You might be supplying information that you could retain on your own, and 3) You might be able to own your own calendar solution, depending on your specific needs.

As a former software architect and consultant in digital transformation for large enterprises I ended up having some ideas of my own about how the calendar could be created in software differently.

Firstly, it can be noticed by the reader that a calendar amounts to a simple list, if one separates from the bias of the current table-like calendar view. Suppose instead of a traditional paper calendar hung on the wall, you had a large poster with lists of months as headings, and numbers for each day in each month, with an underlined portion that can be used for your own entries, which might also include text for certain special dates. For example, a portion of December might simply be:


  1. Sister’s birthday
  2. My birthday
  3. Christmas Eve
  4. Christmas Day
  5. New Year’s Eve

The above really does provide your reminders of upcoming days and their significance in the same way that a print calendar does. Depending on how much you interact with your calendar, you may be missing tasks, goals, milestones, and if you use it for business, you would be missing your workday of meetings that would include details about how to join conference calls, and screen-sharing sessions and the like.

However, consider that those details are merely elaborations of things that must be recorded on each day. So instead of the above entries you could have entires like this:


  1. Monday: 10:00 Board Meeting Conference Call, Dial: 1-800-656-7743 X773897 Pin: 6647, 11:00 All Hands Holiday Meeting, Room 756
  2. Tuesday: Sister’s birthday, Call her at 10:00 a.m.
  3. Wednesday: Deadline to Provide Feedback on Proposition 16
  4. Thursday: My birthday, Day off, Holiday Hike
  5. Friday: Birthday Second Day off, meet with Friends at 8:00 at Pizza Restaurant
  6. Saturday: Finish holiday shopping.
  7. Sunday: Finish holiday shopping.
  8. Monday:
  9. Tuesday:
  10. Wednesday: Christmas Eve, Office Closed
  11. Thursday: Christmas Day, Office Closed
  12. Friday: Office Closed, Day off
  13. Saturday:
  14. Sunday:
  15. Monday:
  16. Tuesday:
  17. New Year’s Eve, Office Closed, Trip to New York City, NY.

It would be clear after viewing the above example that each day could be developed as much as necessary to include all that is needed to be done during the day.

I was wanting this year to have a text calendar that I would edit on my own that would work as a substitute for the digital calendar that I was using with work, and it is definitely achievable with some programming and some shifts in how I use my email. There are missing elements if one does want to rely on a text calendar. Firstly, how is one notified about changes? How are calendar invites from email transferred into the text calendar. Depending on how busy one is using the calendar, it could be somewhat infeasible to do such tasks manually by always returning to the text calendar to make updates. However, in my experience, calendar applications also have issues. Some issues could be resolved, and simplicity attained, even if the calendar is manually updated.

There are othe features of calendars that business customers would be wanting me to use, but after attaining greature stature and significance in organizations, I have reached a point where I can make simplificaitons and do somewhat less than employees of companies would have to do. I could get away with recording meetings into my own text calendar for my own use without relying on Outlook or Google Calendars, and my calendar would appear very simple, somewhat like the calendar above. I could also publish the calendar on my own website, here, so I can keep my site open to see what is upcoming in my life. In this way, the text calendar fulfills the same need as the digital calendar when used as a reference, and my calendar would be my own, fully-owned, implementation of my own calendar that nobody else would be using for anything that I’m unaware of. In business working at a company it is not clear if superiors can review your entire calendar without your knowledge.

What would also be missing is calendar invites. But again, I could implement a system in which I merely put something on my text calendar, and mail an invite that has the expected format for an Ourtlook or Google Calendar invite, and in that way, I can still utilize my email for calendar in the traditional way.

I have considered creating my own email system in order to control all more fully and more programmatically, using a system totally owned by myself.

Considering the above, one can also retain one’s complete calendar easily. It is simply a text document list. Your entire life of less than 100 years would be a list of 100 sets of 12 months, which would not even be much to print. You would never need to buy a calendar. Considering this it somewhat odd why one would buy a calendar, given it is nothing but a list of days. Particularly because they days are set and a predictable cycle, well-understood, such that there is no need of any expertise from any calendar creating authority to know what day of the week it will be, 60 or 70 years from now, on the same day of the year. You could create a calendar now and use that very same calendar for the remainder of your life, and it would cost nearly zero dollars, and very little time and effort. Except of course, actually retaining that list and finding ways to habituate the use (although that is handled by the personal form and this system here in the life categories and priorities.

Cycles and Shifts

So it has been seen that a calendar can be created easily on one’s own and that one implementation of a calendar might be a simple set of lists in print or in a text file. "

That seems still to fit within the framework of a normal calendar system. What is this change of name in your particular usage to ‘Cycles and Shifts’?"

While it might appear that daily cycles are a really useful way of organizing one’s life on a regular basis, and a way of chunking pieces of time, I have found that there are many defects, and these defects relate to our tradition of being somewhat imprecise about our own personal cyclical behaviors. Here are some related defects:

  1. We think of days as having been “good or bad” or being totaly engulfed by holidays.
  2. We think that our sleep schedules and habits are supposed to be more or less consistent from day to day, as if the day were the method of organization.
  3. We are using astronomical cycles only, in rotations of the earth, but are not using ecological and zoological rhythms and cycles. How have biological circadian rhythms overlayed on the astronomical calendar has not been considered.
  4. Total view of the universe’s cyclical patterns are lost from view. I.e. it is earth centric, and not very scientifically aware at larger and smaller scales.
  5. It is unreflective.
  6. Holidays are related to superstitions and falisifications of history. I.e. Dec. 25th is not owned by Judaism, and is not a birthday.
  7. Yearly cycles have no start date. Days have no beginning and end time.
  8. The fundamental unit of difference between moments has not been considered at a physical level in the calendar.

Much more can be added. The point is that there is a much more intelligent and wise way to approach the calendar than to merely receive it as we have and do. Most conversation around calendars that I’ve been exposed to relate to desires to be meticulously accurate as to the duration of each year, and to account for anomalies on the year, and to provide watches and movements for watches that are better able to precisely match up with the calendar, and to synchronize to (if digital or radio) source authorities on time (‘atomic’ clocks).

This newest conception of the personal form and calendar will include this sort of awareness which would be more aware than it is if it were not hindered by existing traditional norms. In other words, if you had a gifted child, their development could be stunted to a degree by insistence that they rely on a basic calendar that has no conceptions blended with other disciplines, and no push towards greater scientific awareness and interrelation.

These ideas are still not at odds with having a personally owned calendar that is text based using lists. So there is a method of attaining greater simplicity and control, and ownership, and awareness, by adoptingn a more sophisticated view of calendaring of life’s cycles (and shifts. More on that later).

Another limitation on the calendar is lack of awareness of how long the calendar would have been applicable, and how it would change, from one place to the next, and one time to the next, on an astronomical scale, or at all scales that are available to our understanding realistically based on what is really observable.

Biological Cycles

One thing I wish to include in my personal calendar is a better understanding of my own biological cycles. For example, I’d like to include my own history onto the calendar, and my own history includes sleep patterns that do not match 8 hours per day, with sleep occuring at 10 pm. By doing this I think I can help clarify that certain ailments may not actually exist, or that they are more tolerable than they are, and perhaps provide a better conception of what a healthy human life consists of separate from template-like conceptions about how it should fit into a schedule.

[More to come!]

[Written in 42 minutes without edits. Finished at 12:16 pm]

Sunday, June 24th, 2022

Choosing the Next Task or Action

Process of selecting what to do next. A process of choosing what to do next may appear different from taking a task. Taking a task may seem to lower, or somehow diminish, selections about what to do. “When I am in my free moments, wanting something to occupy myself, or enjoy myself, I’m not merely taking on a task!” And yet we have phrases like “occupy yourself” which would indicate there is some work to be taken on if one is idle. I think there is no issue with considering it is taking on a task, with the word task made more broad, to include simply actions that are selected that have some desirability, including selections of relaxation.

This is an early appraoch to “What will I do next” when there is nothing that needs to be done soon, and there is freedom to include in what gets done nothing that is clearly a part of an existing schedule, or timeline, for work or something related to ideas about responsibility.

If it appears that there is nothing obvious to do, then you can quickly resort to reading. While not knowing what to do, you are in a psychological state or mentality that is going to repeat. It is a state of unimaginativeness, or of decreased interest or motivation for one option imagined or another. Imaginativeness returns once one begins reading. It likely returns quickly upon initiating something else, but for now let’s attempt to quickly focus attention on doing something that is easily done, and easily initiated. Simply finding one of your books to read. Upond reading, you could quickly decide that something else was better. And with that it appears already you have a more general solution:

You only need something that would break the unimaginativeness or lack of motive force one way or another, with something that is easily resorted to, or easily initiated, even if habitually initiated for the purpose of not doing it further. For myself it appears reading is an easy thing to accomplish this goal of creating a general breaker on stuckness. For others there might be something better to choose. Maybe video gaming is an alternative, although with gaming one might get stuck being entertained over other tasks. However, then one can game, just as I can read. It seems there is a resolution one way or the other.

In piloting this could be considered a simple antidote to being stuck. Think “Read, and simply do that, but if something else comes to mind that is better, you can switch to that instead.”

This is only a start to a process of selecting what to do next. Typically you will have things that have some time sensitiveity to accomplish or else you can choose from your backlog of tasks. However, you do need a better method that can be conformed to your life and integrated into your normal behavior. But that also is not necessary entirely at this stage in your life (speaking to myself). However, if a better way can be incorporated into your normal thinking and behavior, it would turn out that you would not have an inability to select, which seems like it would be a more comfortable result, than feeling like you have no solution, to something you have considered a problem because of some discomfort created.