But doesn’t that kind of schedule mean you’ll panic whenever something doesn’t go according to plan? Nope, turns out a good calendar has the opposite effect. If things come up that you didn’t anticipate, it’s not your plan that causes stress, but the lack of one.
When it’s clear what commitments you can’t meet, then you know who to involve in finding a solution. And that brings relief.
Last week, I knew exactly which tasks and meetings I had to reschedule to free up time to be at home. I obviously had a less productive week than I could have had with that extra day, but I got done what I needed to and – even more important – my schedule helped me be fully present with my family.
When something urgent happens, you might not always have the time to reconfigure your schedule. That’s not a problem if you do a weekly review:
I wrap up my workweek each week by planning the next one. Part of that process is taking the time to go through everything I had scheduled the past week. That’s my safety net: I don’t have to worry about forgetting something. I know I’ll catch it on Friday. This way of working keeps me more responsive and flexible throughout the week.