Are you the kind of person that lives to a schedule? Do you have everything worked out to the very last detail? Do you have a plan for carrying out a process or procedure? Does it have lists of intended events and times? I used to be a list person. But I’m married to a person who doesn’t like lists, so that was a difficulty. When I wanted to write down every itty-bitty thing we spent money on, he would go ahead and spend something so my list couldn’t be completed. It was frustrating. I got annoyed. So I learned to stop making so many lists.
Of course, life is about creating balance. Sometimes we need a schedule. My eldest daughter who works full-time, has a schedule for herself and her children—if she didn’t she’d forget where she had to be and who she had to pick up at what time.
Maybe you are the kind of person like my hubby who doesn’t like schedules. Or maybe you are a project manager and must have a plan for carrying out processes and procedures, giving lists of intended events and times. The point about having a schedule or not having a schedule is not so important as how you live your life.
A schedule is something that is supposed to be helpful in organizing your life. If it creates disharmony as mine did, then what’s the point? If it’s part of your job and you have to keep a schedule then it must be done. If you keep forgetting to do certain things, or don’t turn up for an event because you hadn’t written it down, then a schedule is a good idea.
Today is about making a schedule about the things you want to do. Not something huge and expensive like taking a vacation, but something small and doable that can be done every day or so.
For example it could be a schedule of meditating, pray or going for a walk. You could add some reading time in there, or some “I just want to chill” time and not do much of anything. You may want to schedule some alone time with your partner, or talking with a friend. It could be time to write, or draw, or create a gratitude journal.
Too often we think of a schedule as a time management process for things we must do, but today it is about the things you want to do but keep putting off. Every day, do a little bit of what you want to do when you retire—make time for you my friend and reap the benefit of scheduling things you want to do.