Life may qualify as an art, whether it’s a seemingly chaotic abstract piece, or a disciplined and very controlled architectural-looking piece. But, no matter what your life looks like, artistically speaking, managing it is also an art-form, a disciplined one that also requires some fluidity. Take scheduling. Getting where each of us needs to go at the prescribed time is an important life skill. How we do it can vary considerably, with some blocking calendar space as a matter of form, while others more or less winging it. But all schedulers, which means any of us with life events, requiring we be somewhere specific at a specified time, can keep certain guidelines in mind. For example, a scheduling system is only perfect if it works for you and your life. Always be aware of priorities. There are people and events that should always get bumped to ‘first handled’ status, whether they are on the specified schedule or not. It’s also important to make time for yourself, even if you have to put it officially on the calender. In the end, whether the desired scheduling system is for you, or your business, it should reflect your values and needs. And it should be regimented enough to get the job done, but loose enough to go with the need of the moment.
Reflect on these key points:
- 1Ideally, a schedule must be regimented to get the job done, but also fluid enough to adapt to the need of the moment.
- 2More important than penciling in an event on a calendar is the ability to prioritize, as some events that come up must take precedence over anything else.
- 3Along with scheduling home and work must-dos, it’s critical to schedule time for yourself, even if you must put it on a calendar to ensure it happens.
“The goal of scheduling is to provide reminders – either about places you need to be (like a work meeting) or stuff you need to do (like an expense report). As long as your system works – meaning you show up where you need to be and get things done on time – then it’s a good system. The problem occurs when people adopt scheduling systems and don’t use them.”