Maintaining a Schedule Can Help You Live Longer
Some may go on and on about how a schedule of activities or routines inhibits creativity or spontaneity. Of course, there may be a situation or two where that would...
Some may go on and on about how a schedule of activities or routines inhibits creativity or spontaneity. Of course, there may be a situation or two where that would be true — but maintaining a schedule frees up time for your creative ventures.
Others may go on and on about how a schedule of activities or routines inhibits creativity or spontaneity. And this may be true in certain instances. However, there are other situations in which this is not the case.
People who do not adhere to a schedule, are more likely to skip appointments, postpone necessary work, live or work in an unorganized environment, and haphazardly finish projects if they finish at all.
It's a recipe for catastrophe in every sense of the word. So how do you plan for uncertain times?
If you want to be successful, you must recognize the importance of having a timetable – one that sets dates and times that will allow you to arrive on time, finish the duties at hand, and prepare for extra successes.
The Best Way to Get Started With a Schedule
So, what is the best way to get started with a schedule? One of the most important things you can do is ask crucial questions. It is to ensure that you fully comprehend the timetable given to you.
For some individuals, keeping a timetable is as easy as checking off the items on a to-do list as they come across them on their computer. On the other hand, others may find that more specifics allow them to simplify a timetable or completely integrate a calendar into other parts of their lives.
Asking which activities on the schedule are the top priorities or which items on the plan may be postponed or swapped with other things are examples of questions you would ask.
Track Your Time — do Some Research
After completing your research, you may find that you need to change certain aspects of your life. You may find there is no link to your work or school schedule. As you would expect, not all of these activities are time-suckers; instead, they merely need a reorganization of your time.
Taking a two-hour lunch break, for example, may need to be shortened to one hour or half an hour to complete other tasks on your to-do list within that period.
If your goal is to spend the early Saturday morning hours with research at the library it may be necessary to shift your shopping habits to Sunday nights if you have been used to doing it on Saturday mornings. And remember that not all timetables are etched in stone. For example, you may change your schedule to accommodate new jobs or projects that need more or less time to complete than initially planned.
Following your experience, a few well-placed questions, and some minor rearranging, you will have a timetable that you can safely follow—knowing that your new schedule will lead you to achieve the essential tasks vital to your life. Much less effort has to be expended when you make a reasonable plan for your essential work.
The times, they are a-changin.'
Yes, the times change. Our schedules reflect this volatility — or they should. But sometimes, we keep our heads in the sand. Like the ostrich, we do not wish to see what's happening around us, and we may try to duck out on reality. With careful observation, you'll be able to see what types of procrastination are interrupting your schedule. Don't be one that refuses to schedule in needed changes in your life. Go ahead and admit that your time management skills need a little refurbishing and just do it.
Being Flexible is Not the Same as Being Careless
When scheduling conflicts arise, as they will, a quick response is usually best. However, hemming, hawing, and beating around the bush is an excellent way of alienating others. Instead, be decisive with what commitments you say you will make, then stick with your decision. Opportunity melts like frost, and, especially as an entrepreneur — you have to take the reins and move quickly.
The most significant fatality to time management success is being noncommittal and deciding not to decide. After all, who looks back with pride at all the appointments they didn't keep — and the decisions that were put off? There never seems like enough time, but actions that were never planned won't be something you are proud of in the future.
It's all in the timing
Professional comics say it's all in the timing and point to the times to speed up and when to slow down. When the comedians hold a pause or stomp the punchline at the right moment — it's magical. Timing can basically be applied in the same way for business leaders and organization managers. Timing is everything.
The Bible intones "there is a time and season for everything.'" So it is in business — there's a time to start — and a time to end. A time to let go. A time to meet — and a time to lock the door and go over the audit yourself.
The trick is to know when to do what. And that trick is simple. Psychology Today has a great time management test. IF you follow basic time management principles, you can adapt to your particular circumstances. And IF you take advantage of the latest time management technology and theory, you will be a lot further ahead than if you don't.
Basics of Time Management and Living Longer and Peacefully
Every MBA course offers dozens of classes on how to untangle the basics of time management.
Nobody has an easy schedule. Nobody. Not the janitor. Or the CEO. Not even the poet in her ivory tower. But once you learn to dance to the tune that time plays for you, life becomes more bearable and more your own.
Some say that minutes are hard cider, hours champagne, and days become flagons of the finest mead. Just ask those who seem to have nothing to do. An accident? Nope. They have come to grips with their time and they wrestle it to the ground.
If you plan correctly and make time yours — you'll come out on top. You shouldn't dream of doing anything less!
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