18: Schedule

Wow!  It has been way too long since my last post.  Why haven’t I posted in a while? Honestly, time has slipped away from me.  Seconds have turned into minutes…minutes into hours….hours into days…day into months.  This year has been one big blur.  Sometimes we get lost in the blur of life neglecting the obvious.  Do you feel the same way?  If so then word number 18 in our continuing series of 42 Words to a Better You may just be one way to help with this situation…………

 

photo courtesy of @iStockphoto/STILLFX

photo courtesy of @iStockphoto/STILLFX

18: Schedule

I used to think of schedule as a negative word. I felt that schedules impeded my creative freedom.  It was like my mind was not free to roam and explore the world when I had to be “there” at a certain time or do “this” on a specific day.  After all, who wants to be a slave to the numbers on the clock and the calendar, right?

Wrong!  Scheduling is really the opposite of being constricting.  I am starting to take a careful look at my calendar these days and blocking out times not only for business related activities, but for family, friends, and myself.  I’m not saying to schedule every little detail of your life, but to at least schedule those items which are a priority to you.

Why is scheduling beneficial for me?

  • Liberation:  When I schedule my activities it frees up my mind allows it to be open for the creative process because I’m not constantly thinking in the back of my mind what I have to do and when I must have it done by
  • Efficiency: Chunking my schedule by grouping similar activities together allows me greater focus. For example, blocking out a time for writing multiple blog posts in one sitting.   Multitasking on unrelated tasks doesn’t work for me.  When I multitask it takes me longer to get things accomplished.  And the results are not as thorough as they should be.
  • Organization:  Scheduling allows me to  build in the time I need to do the things I want to do.  Nothing is getting lost in the shuffle of the daily hubbub.  I can see where and how my time is spent.

These are just a few of the benefits I have noticed so far.  I’m sure more will come to light.

We often say that there’s not enough time in life to do the things we love.  In these days of craziness, I say there is the time if we plan for it.

What are some of the ways you organize and prioritize your time so that life doesn’t slip away from you?

I would love to hear your feedback.  Please comment below.