If you are a regular, you know that I semi-regularly post one of my daily schedules. I don’t often make them anymore. They are an example of a skill that I have drilled for so long that I have internalized it for all but the most intense days. This week is intense; not many clients/meeting, but soooo much to do. I need to maximize my productivity, which means making good decisions about how I spend my time and on what. So, I fall back on my tried and true scheduling.
This is a skill that I work on with MANY of my clients. And I always remind them that the metric of success is comparing your productivity to not having a schedule at all. I often post schedules that went pretty well. I’m taking this opportunity to post one that involves:
- My having done some things the night before
- Dealing with two serous tantrums by my six-year-old that were “unscheduled”
- An hour long meeting that I didn’t think I was going to have to attend… that I was wrong about
- Some important revelations about priorities that caused me reevaluate why I had put certain things on this schedule in the first place
This schedule was for Tuesday the 30th of March 2021. My overall experience was this:
- I got the number one personal thing done on my list
- Once I reevaluated, I got a good hour and a half of work done on my number one work priority.
- Around three-and-a-half hours of meetings and two hours of parenting that feels really successful.
- The only thing I really missed was not working out because my workout was gardening that got cancelled. But that was also an active choice later in the day.
Of course I didn’t make all these notes during the day. I made those today for your benefit, so that you could have some insight into my thought process. At not point did I feel like a failure because I wasn’t following the plan. On the contrary. I felt like the master of my universe. I was completely in charge. I had what seemed like a great plan the night before. But the 2.0 version met my needs even better the following day even given certain curveballs. I encourage you to have the same attitude.
Standard Disclaimer: In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. In my humble opinion, an imperfect post posted is infinitely better than a perfect post that goes unfinished.