Control your daily schedule

by Jini Stolk

I don’t know about you, but it’s getting away from me again.

Perhaps things would be better if we followed some of Peter Drucker’s classic advice and systematically trimmed time wasters from our schedule, asking of all activities “What would happen if I were starting from scratch – would I still be doing this?”; remembered that everything takes more time than expected (isn’t that true?!); and made a periodic record of how we spend our time?

And if that hasn’t worked, how about if we realigned our mindset, reframing each situation as an opportunity and removing negative stress by eliminating the thought of failure; or activated our brains with 15 minutes of exercise before the most important tasks we have to deal with? What would happen if we got enough sleep; practiced yoga; and ate well? (Please send kale recipes, and a juicer.)

Or failing that, what if we improved our self-discipline by removing temptations; not waiting until it “feels right”; scheduling breaks, treats and rewards; and forgiving ourselves and moving forward.

Sounds like a plan.

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