Why fixed timetables don’t exactly work in our day-to-day life

As my first “official” post on this blog, I would like to discuss an interesting topic that is sure to bring about debate – timetables.

We all look for productivity in our daily lives, regardless of our status, occupation, gender, etc. The reason? Well, there are a few:

  1. We want to achieve our goals the way we want to
  2. We want to move on to the next goal
  3. We don’t want to waste time (even do we do so on other “enjoyable” activities)

So where do many of us turn to? Timetables. Fixed timetables, to be precise (you’ll know what I mean later on). You see, “fixed” timetables create order and discipline. Take for example, a school. A school timetable generally would be: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 4 periods, 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm lunch, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm – 3 periods.

There may be exceptions to this, such as weather delays and other events. But for the most part, school goes on 5 days a week, 7-odd hours a day. So this brings order and discipline to students and teachers, and the whole school faculty.

Now let us try to emulate that in our daily life.

  • Wake up at 6:00 am
  • Meditate at 6:30 am
  • Read the newspaper/delve in technology at 6:45 am
  • Go for a walk at 7:45 am
  • Eat breakfast at 8:00 am

And so on. But what if, for example, a sudden occurrence appears out of nowhere like a friend’s birthday bash, going for a dentist appointment, or going on a trip? Then the “fixed”, rigid schedule is forced to break, and all motivation is lost.

Which is why we must realize that “flexible” schedules are the way to go in our day-to-day life.

Take one day at a time, and make a schedule for the upcoming day, rather than a schedule for a month later. Discriminate between your priorities and your secondary things to do, and productivity is bound to increase by two fold and even more. Productivity in turn leads to achieving our goals.

Trust me, it works wonders.


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