Keeping Your Appointments

When you have a dentist appointment, you show up at the right time. When you have a job interview, you aren’t late. When the gas company says they will cut off your gas unless they can replace your gas meter, you make the time to be available. We are on time for these appointments because we can readily see the potential outcomes, good or bad, if you don’t attend. You need to set, and stick to, appointments for yourself in the same way.

As you are planning for your day-to-day work, start by making a weekly plan. Plan the time that you need to get the most critical work done, and then schedule an appointment for it. As you schedule your appointment, think about the outcome of this work, and what negative impact will occur if you don’t attend to it.

You won’t be able to schedule appointments for every second of your day. That will be over-ambitious, and you’ll end in the same state as a doctor’s office that is always running late. There are too many unexpected interruptions that you need to deal with to be able to have an appointment for each moment. But you can schedule appointments for the vital work and the important outcomes.

Scheduling your time as appointments is similar to time-blocking. I recommend that you leave buffer space to allow for interruptions that will happen between appointments.