If you’ve followed me a while, you know I prefer to be scheduled. Schedules keep me focused, keep me productive, and give me peace of mind.
But what you might not know is exactly how I use schedules. Or how schedules don’t rule over me.
In fact, I rule over them.
In this post, I’d like to talk a bit about block schedules. I want to first tell you their traditional origins. Then, I want to tell you how I modify and use the traditional model to meet my family’s specific needs instead.
If you or someone you know wants to hear this information first-hand, I’d be glad to come speak to your group. Turns out, not only is this really good stuff to read about, it’s is one of my most requested talks, too.
So, the basic thinking behind block scheduling is this: you decide what needs to be accomplished each day, you divide the day into time periods from morning until night, and you schedule people into each time period so that everything gets done.
I didn’t invent this way of thinking — schedules have been around for generations. But, if you’ve never heard of the concept, watch this for a brief introduction.
The problem with this method of scheduling is it can be very rigid. Some people don’t like having the entire day planned out ahead of time. Many people find it exhausting to move from task to task all day long. There are also philosophical and psychological objections, as many people find schedules an assault on their way of thinking, their creativity — a big brother-ish type of mechanism controlling their every move.
Some years ago, I discovered a solution to that problem. I was pretty excited about it.
My discovery solved the block scheduling problems I was having in my home. Plus, it solved all of the objections I was hearing from the people who attended my scheduling classes and workshops, too.
The solution I invented was to “plan” unplanned time. You heard it here first!
This was a huge and ground-breaking discovery for me. Something so simple made such a tremendous difference!
What I now do in my home, and I now teach in my seminars, is how to “schedule” down-time. Crazy as it sounds, it really works!
Not only do I schedule down-time, I also schedule free time. Choice time. And times when nobody in the house wants to be scheduled, needs to be scheduled, or should be scheduled, either.
Oh, and I also schedule people who are not on the schedule.
It’s really not. Because by un-scheduling time and people, they receive freedom. The freedom they need, want and choose throughout the day. While still keeping the rest of the household and duties right on task.
By the way, I also schedule things! You’ll need to attend a seminar to hear about that part.
Block scheduling isn’t what you think. I’ve solved it!
I’d love to show you how block schedule can work for you, your partner, your kids, and in your life.
Let me know how I can help,
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