As moms we know that creating a schedule is helpful in staying on track and getting things done. But we also know that a schedule is really a guide, not a contract.
Schedules should be flexible and should direct your day, but they shouldn’t tie you to a rigid itinerary. By knowing your priorities, you can quickly adjust your schedule to handle more important matters first.
There will definitely be days that your schedule gets altered, but having a plan will help you focus and allow you to say “no” to those things that don’t belong in your day.
How to Handle Interruptions
Recognizing that life doesn’t follow a schedule, I plan for interruptions. I know that sooner or later, it will happen. Instead of becoming stressed by it, I can now handle the interruption and quickly get back on track.
Here’s how to plan for interruptions…
If a task would normally take me one hour with no distractions, I tact on an extra 30 – 45 minutes in my schedule for completing that task. This way, if I do get interrupted, I can still get it done without borrowing time from another task.
And, if I don’t get interrupted, I just gained an extra 30 – 45 minutes in my day. Who wouldn’t love a few extra minutes in their day? You can use that time for yourself or to complete an extra task to move you ahead.
Your KISS Challenge
So this week’s KISS challenge is to take a look at your schedule and see where you can add in extra time for possible interruptions. Take a few minutes to think back through your past weeks and identify the times you get the most interruptions. Use that information to pad your schedule so you can handle the distraction and still achieve your goals.
Then at the end of the week, you can enjoy having less stress or enjoy the extra time you gained.