Count the Days by Counting Cards

Here are a few great planning and productivity tips from Eric Maisel, via this post on Worthwhile:

Get seven decks of cards with similar backs. Lay out all seven decks on your living room rug, backs showing. This is a year of days (give or take). Let the magnitude of a year sink in. Experience this wonderful availability of time. (This is a powerful exercise.)

Carefully count the number of days between two widely-separated holidays, for instance New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July. Envision starting a large project on that first holiday (today!) and completing it by the second.

I wish I’d heard about the decks of cards exercise when I was mediating family law cases.  It seems like a great way to convey the healing power of time, or to help couples work out their division of custody (he gets red cards, she gets black, or vice versa). 

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2 Responses to Count the Days by Counting Cards
  1. Phil Gerbyshak
    January 12, 2006 | 9:32 pm

    Outstanding idea. Thank you for sharing it. I had never thought of this before, and appreciate the insight. Well done!

  2. Outstanding Idea: Count the Days by Counting Cards

    Courtesy of my friend Matt over at the [non]billable hour comes this excellent idea for planning your year. Count the Days by Counting Cards (from Eric Maisel over at Worthwhile Magazine) that is brilliant! And it makes perfect sense too. I think you c…

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