Assumption #1: If I don’t plan my time I will drift.
Assumption #2: My wisest moments happen in advance – that is, during the planning phase of life.
When I skip planning and just ad lib “in the moment,” things fall apart. I make bad decisions on the fly.
Note: I married a person (Sharon) who is naturally organized inside her own head. She goes from one thing to the next, efficiently, without getting sidetracked.
Thus, I present to you: The Time Diet.
Step 1: Make a list of all the things I need to do in the next few months. This is a rolling list that I update every day.
Step 2: Choose the things I must do this week and write them into my calendar.
Step 3: Choose the things I must do today and make a detailed schedule of my time for the day, including:
- When I will start and stop each task.
- Exact time I must leave for appointments. Otherwise, I’ll be late, guaranteed.
- Fudge time. Add some extra time here and there for interruptions.
- Rest and fun. Can’t work all the time!
If I get off track, I re-write the schedule for the rest of the day, and move an item into tomorrow.
If I have big tasks, I make an appointment with myself at an exact time this week to get it done. Example: Wednesday 3-5pm, create proposal.
The whole thing seems a little crazy, eh? A little extreme?
That’s because I’m crazy and extreme.
I don’t have the gift of internal organization. Rather, I’ve got the gift of daydreaming — the floaties.
The Time Diet helps me lead a more balanced life . . .
That reminds me: Sunday 9pm, scrub shower stall.