Importance of Keeping a Schedule

As life gets even more crazy, most can benefit from keeping a daily schedule to help manage time more efficiently when you are juggling your work life, family life, and personal goals.

Keeping to a schedule is like setting and accomplishing a goal for each day. You will be less likely to forget tasks you want to accomplish or get sidetracked with external distractions.

Here are some important items to remember when trying to keep a schedule.

  1. Make sure you are setting a realistic time frame and schedule for yourself. The point of this is not to cram more into your already busy day but keep it more well-constructed.
  2. This is a good time to make sure you schedule in important items that usually get left to the wayside because you have run out of time in your day. This could be time to make important phone calls, write thank you emails or notes to clients or colleagues, filing paperwork or updating your blog.
  3. Keep a task list and cross of items as you complete them. Not only does it feel good to scratch a pen over you least favorite task but you will be less likely to forget about them or put them off.
  4. If something unexpected arises and you can’t keep to your schedule or cross of all items on your task list, move the items to the next day. However, if you find that you are doing this frequently you might want to reevaluate your schedule and make sure it’s not too time constraining or unrealistic.
  5. Keep your schedule on your calendar and/or PDA so you are looking at it all the time. It might be good to have your whole calendar day blocked out for certain items. A colleague of mine had a goal of setting time aside to meditate every Friday morning for 30 minutes so she put it on her calendar. This way she wouldn’t forget and would hold herself accountable.
  6. Don’t forget about personal time. Schedule time to meditate like my friend or if fitness is important or a current goal then make sure you block out time to go to the gym. For example, set a schedule to wake up at 6:30 a.m. everyday, get to the gym by 7:00 a.m. and make it to work by 8:00 a.m. Another thing to remember that often gets forgotten is to leave meal time. How often are we in a hurry to get out the door and don’t eat breakfast or get tied down at work and don’t eat lunch? Make sure you block out a lunch hour, or even a half-hour if you have a busy day. The break-time will re-energize you and keep you fresh.

Make sure you repeat your schedule everyday and every week. You will probably find that you are accomplishing more, being more productive with your time, and fulfilling your personal goals that often get forgotten.

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