October 1st, 2007

How Do We Schedule

How do I actually schedule? I have learned many ways and I probably don’t follow any of them.

I put the next date of something in my Outlook calendar. And I say what will occur on or by that date. And I look at the calendar to see the next week. But sometimes when the day arrives, I’m surprised.

I’ve learned enough to schedule any preparation time before the time arrives, but that’s sometimes over-ridden

And I still juggle. Unexpected circumstances (from trivial distractions to major catastrophes or opportunities often interfere with the preparations – or even the scheduled completion events)

I’ve seen people who are slaves to their scheduler and I’ve also known people who leave slack time before and after.

The main thing is to be responsible about blowing it – as soon as you can and to clean it up or correct it, repair it, etc. as soon afterwards as possible.

Useful Quotations

People think I'm disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.
Luciano Pavarotti

When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.
Sir William Osler

There cannot be a crisis today; my schedule is already full
Henry Kissinger

 I am definitely going to take a course on time management... just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.
Louis Boone

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
Annie Dillard

Creative Corner

Scheduled Distractions


I think of drifting as with the current,
downstream and save for eddies, straight -

But drift wood is worn and etched and gnarled
with the tossing of white water
and the battering of rocks

Yet I move to clean the kitchen
and take these plates to put away in the dining room
and find this paper to be recycled
and this book to put in the living room
and the phone rings and I am upstairs
so I stop to check my email
and I am thirsty and head down to the kitchen
to get a drink of water

Am I adrift or am I keeping the plates spinning,
moving to the one with the biggest wobble?


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