The real reason schedules help is an indirect consequence: the ability they have to make us feel present.
Think about times where you feel a bit lost in what you are doing. Maybe things are tough at work; the load is piling up and you don’t even know where to start. You feel yourself getting hot under the collar, as everyone around you seems to be getting on so well and simply. You’re at a point where you can’t even think about what the problem is, just the overwhelming sense of having a problem.
In situations like this rational and inductive thinking is key. Giving yourself logical structure so the work doesn’t pile up, your diet isn’t thrown off the wagon, you have time to see friends. Whatever it may be, planning your time, for the most part is very helpful in adding consistency and balance to your life.
99% of times we are in this position, there were things multiple steps back down the line that we could have done in order for things to go smoother. You should have asked that key question for someone in the office who’s now on holiday, you should have done a big supermarket shop earlier in the week and now you’re getting a takeaway. I few remain organised, we are less likely to set ourselves traps to fall in.
Now this is not to say you should live by your calendar to the second and discard invites that don’t fit your schedule. The reason we are doing this scheduling is so we can feel more ‘in the moment’ and present, instead of worrying and anxious. It would then be illogical to take it to an extreme where you are stopping yourself from doing activities on a whim and ergo ‘living in the moment’.
On the topic of schedules, I will be adding more of a plan to Platform for Knowledge content, from now on, aiming to hit you with posts every other week. (Although I might want to live in the moment myself and miss the odd weekend). This site has taken a backseat with other things going on but I promise more will be coming.
Keep your eyes peeled.