Lesson 3-Scheduling


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Scheduling: Creating Priority and Margin

Welcome to Lesson 3 that looks at scheduling. Specifically, we are going to explore the importance translating your to-do list or Big Five into a series of appointments. We will also look at how you pad your day with time for the unexpected. This can reduce a tremendous amount of stress. This will reduce over planning your time and allows space for projects or task that take longer than you expected.

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  • Set a specific time for accomplishing everything on your to-do list. Treat it like an appointment. If someone asks you to do something during that time respond as you would if you had an appointment at that time. i.e. “I am sorry. I can’t. I already have a commitment at that time.”
  • Create a margin block in the afternoon. This is a grace space of time for you to deal with things that you didn’t plan on. If nothing comes up you can use however you would like. Planning a margin also helps reduce stress, because if you have something that takes you longer than yo had planned you can always use your margin time to complete it.