What Happens After Three Days

In the book Limits to Growth, it states that technology doesn’t necessarily solve problems. Technology accelerates a policy, a system and just might make us move too fast and think too fast.

Some people don’t like that.

For example, a 70-year-old attorney reminisced me about “the good ‘ole days” when he mulled over a case for a few days. He said, “After the fax machine,  things became [too] convenient.” People wanted a response back too quickly for his comfort.

Having things too quickly has its disadvantages. Individually, each one of us needs to carve out time in our lives to mull over things.  Based on my experience in sales, we need three days to incubate an idea. Within two days of hearing a message, the message is still fresh. On the third day, if one has an uncluttered mind, a clear response comes through. If one has an uncluttered mind, a clear answer comes through immediately, but three days gives more guarantee that the idea has “settled down.”

From a systems standpoint, organizations would benefit if they had a better grasp on time and reorganized decision-making based on natural human response times.  For some things, the time factor needs to be built-in because many people don’t have the self-awareness to understand the timing of things.

For example, I’ll throw out a time example to get you thinking. It takes three days (there we go again with three days) to buy a handgun? Why three days? Why not four days? Three days, I think, is not so arbitrary. Waiting three days is based on human emotion. Fiery emotions settle down within three days.  Sometimes, we need three days to Take a Time Out also mentioned by Renard Moreau.

Emy Louie is the author of “Fast Trains: America’s High Speed Future.” She has a degree in Architecture from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  In 2007 and 2008, she hosted “The Emy Louie Show” interviewing the movers and shakers of Feng Shui, Sustainable Urban Design, and Green Building.

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