For those of you who have a schedule page as part of your planner set-up, you might be surprised at some of the different ways you can use that page. Take a look:
On this page I highlighted and labeled the time slots that were scheduled. The 6-8 am box was when I was sleeping and then getting ready. Twelve was my lunch break. Five to six was dinner and clean-up and 8:30 to 10:30 pm was veg time with my husband. The rest of the day was open.
Highlighting the scheduled time shows how much time you have available to do other things. Then you can actually put your tasks in the time slots when you plan to do them.
The benefit to this system is that it helps you plan realistically. Smaller open areas mean less time available and bigger open areas mean more time available.
On this day, I highlighted the times when I had commitments, even ordinary stuff like eating lunch or getting ready.
- 8:00 a.m. – got ready
- 12:00 to 5:00 – babysat grandkids. The solid yellow area was the time they would be awake and wanting my attention. I didn’t plan to do anything during those times. The area with the yellow border is when they were here but most likely sleeping. I tried to get things done then.
- 6:00 – 7:30 Son and daughter-in-law had dinner with us and picked up grandkids.
- 8:30 – 10:00 Veg time with husband (watch tv, read, quilt, plan, talk, etc.)
The allocated time was highlighted which helped me see at a glance how much time I had to do other things.
And this sample shows a day with back-to-back activities. As a result, I wrote NOTHING on my to-do list.
Highlighting your scheduled activities makes it really clear how much time you have (or don’t have).
This day shows typical use of a schedule page – simply recording appointments and commitments. You can see at a glance where you need to be and when.
The benefit to doing it this way is that you now have an uncluttered visual map of your schedule.
This day shows how I used the schedule page to actually schedule my day. It was a plan of what I was going to do and when. When a scheduled item was completed, I checked it off, marked through it or highlighted it.
This method helps you figure out when you’re going to get things done and if you have enough time to do everything.
This page was a combination of writing down what was scheduled and what I actually ended up doing after I did it. It became a record, of sorts, of how I spent my day.
This method helps you see how you’re spending your time. It’s really helpful if you’re not getting things done and you want to figure out why. Or if someone asks “What do you do all day?” You can tell look at your schedule page and tell them exactly what you do.
Do you have a schedule page? How do you use it?