November 16, 2022

On Schedules and Plans

I am really loving Tranquility by Tuesday.

I'm on the chapter on "creating a backup slot" and the line that got me was "anyone can make a perfect schedule, time management experts can create a resilient scheduled" (sorry, book not at hand so not perfectly recited).

I'm having trouble crafting my weeks, for fairly good reasons.  I have the following constraints/plans in my Mon-Fri:

  • I like to be at home every night between 5pm and 7pm.
  • I like to be home most days between 6am and 7am (kid breakfast)
  • I work away 1 day a week from 6am to 8pm
  • I want to fit in 1 evening sport, 1 evening writing club, and 1 other weekly social engagement which has recently been a 6:30am breakfast but may not be staying this way.
  • I need to be home 1 full day a week when husband is on his work day.

It's a puzzle.  I'm not actually sure there is a solution... but I'm not sure what to do with that.  Writing club was cancelled last week because I wasn't well, this week because I was away, and next week because I was away again.  I am missing running buddy!

I'm considering moving back to alternate week engagements, although the issue with that is when you miss a week it's another two before replacement time.

I think it's time for me to start time tracking again.

The other problem with backup slots for social events is that both people need to have the same one. 

So it's a work in progress.  

Today I am trying a new yoga class, because my running club is going to end due to the fact that I despise running in the cold and dark and wet and it's now going to be all three for all the future. 

Time to get changed, get the mat, and do yoga for the first time since February 2020. Also, the 1 class I did in Feb 2020 was the first class I had done since December 2018.  And before that it was a single class in March of 2018.  So I guess that counts as a routine practice...?


  1. Well, I'll be interested to see what you do with this. You're right, there probably isn't a perfect solution. I really want to read that book but last I checked, my library didn't have it. Maybe I can ask them to order it!

    1. Jenny, I actually requested the book at our library and they sent an email that they were going to get it and they'd let me know when they have it ;)

    2. This is what I did too and they bought it for me! I'm glad to hear it works for you too San (and hopefully for Jenny!)

  2. Puzzle is the right word for when you're trying to make all these planning pieces to go hand-in-hand. Sigh. I don't envy you - you have a lot more to try and "fit in" than I do. I hope you continue to make progress and are happy with the things that DO happen on your schedule.

    P.S. I can't wait to read the book - waiting for it to be available at the library.

    1. I'm so glad your library ordered you the book!

  3. Time to add that book to my are one of multiple bloggers who has strongly recommended it!