What scheduling means to me…now
My first introduction to scheduling was in high school.
The teacher gave us each a blank study timetable. The idea was to get organized ahead of exams. I remember feeling excited to put it together.
My first thought was: How can I put the maximum study time on there?
I loaded my schedule with session after session. I wanted to fit each of my seven subjects on the schedule for every day and spend at least an hour on each one. This meant I could only take 5min breaks every hour.
As you might guess, it wasn’t long before I decided that scheduling was stupid & abandoned the whole thing. Today I know better.
I used a stupid approach to scheduling. The same stupid approach that the majority of people out there are using.
Well, that was then. Now…
#1: I see my daily schedule as a script
My life is like a movie. It needs a script (my schedule) & a star actor (that’s me) to bring the script to life.
So whether it is making a trillion, living happily ever after or saving the world…that has to translate back to the next line in the script.
This makes sure that setting goals & managing time is integrated & caters for ALL goals, not just career. This is a fun way for me to think about it & it encourages the mindset that I can write the story of my life any way I want & take action to achieve it.
When something goes wrong, I just do another take. No big deal…just a normal part of making a great movie!
#2: I am in control
Back in high school the teacher never said we must fill up the schedule to the max. But we all instinctively assumed that, that was how it was supposed to be done.
I see this in adults too.
It is as if there is some voodoo at work that puts the schedule in charge of you, instead of you being in charge of the schedule.
Then we complain that keeping a schedule is unrealistic. Scheduling in that way is unrealistic. But there is another way. YOU have to decide that you are in control.
You can write your script any which way you want to. It is yours to write.
I enjoy scheduling the fun stuff first (if I don’t they wont make it onto the script). I plan over longer periods(usually a week/month). This puts things in perspective & helps me realize that this is not the last day or week in the history of the world. I don’t have to do everything today.
#3: It helps me to know when to say…NO!
Saying no is not about being rude or not caring about others.
Saying no, is about realizing that you value what you’re doing more than what the other person is asking you to do/help with. You can say yes and sabotage yourself. That is okay. Just don’t go around complaining about it.
Value yourself enough to say NO when it matters (and err…it matters 99.9% of the time).
I ask myself if this “thing” takes me toward or away from what I want. My script helps me to find that answer.
Having a schedule helps me to make things happen, instead of watching and letting things happen & complaining about it later.