Schedule in Retrospect

Let’s face it, not everything turns out as we hope. We make beautiful, well-thought out plans, color code, add time stamps, make calendar blocks, and then most often… it just doesn’t work out that way in reality.

expectation

Sometimes it can feel like a day goes like this ^


That’s not to say we should stop doing those things, because it provides structure to our daily lives and gives us a sense of productivity and achievement, as well as making sure we are consciously making progress toward our goals.

Today, I wanted to share a new schedule that I’ve been wanting to implement. But, I wanted to be more real than that idealistic view. So, I decided to share my actual schedule for the day, and compare that to my idealized schedule that I set out to do:

Time Ideal Actual
5:00 Wake up Sleeping
5:00-5:30 Do Yoga Sleeping
5:30-6:00 Write/Quote of the Week Sleeping
6:00 Wake up
6:00-6:30 Get ready Yoga
6:30-7:00 Eat Breakfast + check email Get ready for school
7:00-7:20 Pre-write blog post Eat and get dressed
7:20-7:30 Donut run Donut run
7:30-7:45 Get to school, go to locker Get to school, go to locker
7:45-8:00 Prep for workshop Prep for workshop
8:00-8:55 Workshop Workshop
9:00-12:40 Periods 1,3 Periods 1,3
12:40-1:20 Lunch – finishing blog post, prepping speech Perspective Meeting, check social, eat for 5 minutes
1:20-3:10 Period 5 Period 5
3:10-3:40 Mock Trial Mock Trial
3:40-4:00 Drive to Chamber Mock Trial
4:00-4:30 Give speech at YEA! and network Wait to be picked up, chat with friends
4:30-5:00 Speech, networking Get home, start studying
5:00-5:30 Get home, start studying Study for bio
5:30-6:00 Eat dinner Eat dinner + study for bio
6:00-8:45 Studying Studying
8:45-9:30 Blog Post Blog Post
9:30-10:00 Get ready for bed Get ready for bed
10:00 Read and sleep Read and sleep

As you can see, some things lined up and some didn’t. Some things came up that I wasn’t expecting (Perspective meeting), and some things I was expecting got cancelled (YEA! event). But, I was able to adapt and (knock on wood) finish the day having accomplished everything I wanted to, and gotten to bed at the time I wanted to.

My Challenge for You:

Write a schedule for tomorrow. Be super detailed, even more so than the table above. Then, write down how your day actually goes, creating a schedule as you go about your day. Analyze the differences and how you may have experienced sudden changes, procrastination, false time estimates, underestimates, or times you were more productive than you thought you’d be. This will help you understand yourself so you can better schedule in the future.

Let me know how the challenge goes!

❤ Alicia

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