Scheduling Procrastination

The one constant thing about scheduling is that no two schedules are alike. Everybody has different priorities, different circumstances, and different lifestyles. There are dozens of books on scheduling covering why, how-to, and everything in between. Each has a somewhat unique angle on the subject, and I’ve gleaned good suggestions from several.

One rather common suggestion I’ve encountered is taking a 15-30 minute block of time every day or so to tackle a task that might be avoided otherwise. For instance, I might have a stack of unfiled papers on my desk that I really dread going through. Now, this is purely hypothetical, you understand. If I were to take 15 minutes every day for three or four days, I could file all those papers and find the missing birth certificate from my second child in the process. While I might not have an entire hour to devote to the project on any given day (or week), I almost always have 15 minutes every few days that I can dig in and then quit before I get too frustrated. Before I know it, my desk is clean and ready for the next pile to start.

Another suggestion I like is to clean the kitchen every evening to have a no-stress start each morning. I admit that I struggle with this one. My spirit is willing but my dishwasher isn’t big enough. It might not be full enough to run in the afternoon, and I can’t get past the feeling that I’m wasting water on a half-full dishwasher. But if I wait until it’s full after dinner, I have a sink of dirty dishes and can’t start breakfast the next morning before unloading the dishwasher and reloading from the sink. It’s a vicious cycle. The answer, of course, is to hand wash dishes. My children think this must be in direct violation to the child labor law, but they are wrong.

Honestly, I could go on til the cows come home on scheduling. Both what works for me and what doesn’t. The main point is to start somewhere and keep at it. If you only have two things a day scheduled, that’s better than nothing. My suggestion is to start with a morning ritual and a bed time. Once you have those in place, start filling in a few more redundant activities, and keep going. Before you know it, you’ll have a full-fledged schedule and the attitude of accomplishment to go with it.

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