Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Time Management

It’s Monday, and I start the day off with a plan to write this column and submit it early. Once I actually get to my office a variety of distractions begin to pop up, each one requiring immediate attention, and bumping my writing down further on my “to-do list.” Finally, after working my way through the unexpected chores and emergencies I sit down at the computer to write. At the same time I’m thinking how nice it would be if I were at home already, laying on the couch, reading and listening to the crackle of a nice warm fire.

This brief description of my day is just like a fight, except in your typical fight everything is compressed into a few seconds. “Fighting,” as Scott Reitz says, “is problem solving at high speeds.” You’re presented a problem, and you have to come up with a solution for that problem and apply it immediately.

At the start of your day you have a plan to accomplish what you need to do. But then things don’t go the way you thought they would. Just like in a fight. As you go through your day, or the fight, you have to multitask, correcting and dealing with things that pop up unexpected. The list of actions needed to win the fight change as the fight progresses, and priorities will shift accordingly. For example whenever possible you want to use cover. So at the start of the conflict you present your weapon and begin to move for cover. Looking good so far. Now you have to decide whether to move smoothly, shooting while moving, move quickly, get to cover and then fire, or do you need to get in an accurate shot, attempting to buy some time, and then move for cover? Each situation is different, your actions are determined by the specifics of that conflict, and priorities will change in the middle of your response.

You start out the fight with one plan, then you have to be flexible, modifying your actions as necessary. From behind cover you prepare to fall back to better cover when you notice threat number two, and the fact that you’re completely exposed to him. With the introduction of another threat the dynamics of the fight have completely shifted. Now is not the time to vacate cover. You have to hold your location, repositioning your body so you have protection from both threats, and create a new plan of action.

During the fight you’ll likely be wishing you were somewhere else, doing something other than fighting a dangerous threat. But you can’t afford to be distracted from defeating your opponent(s). At the rate things will occur you must be totally focused, working your way to victory. Afterwards you can figure out how you could have done this better, or what you should have done different. During the fight, no matter what type unexpected things may occur, you are striving for victory.

After a long, hectic day I sit down to write. “Now that there’s time,” I’m thinking, “what should I write about?”

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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