I awoke with a plan for my entire day. I had every hour accounted for and what I planned to accomplish throughout, even scheduling in lunch and breaks and exercise and food.
And then the inevitable occurred: someone needed something immediately. It couldn’t wait, and it didn’t fit into my schedule. Attending to that need took up more than half my allotted hours for work today! How often does this happen to you and how do you handle it?
I pride myself on being a disciplined individual with attainable goals set and the ability to follow through to meet them in the time I’ve set for myself. What I continually seem to fail to do is factor in wiggle room for all those pop-ups that occur often. I should know by now (two years into freelance graphic and website design) that a client is always going to need an update or a fix or a change at the most inopportune time. For some reason it also needs to happen ‘now’. Not my now, but their now. That’s acceptable, for the most part. I certainly do allow and even encourage my past clients to contact me with any related inquiries they think I can help with. So I suppose I open myself to the possibility that the overly scheduled plan is doomed from the outset.
Perhaps that’s the fix then – schedule in wiggle room? Schedule in additional blocks of time to respond to written emails, answer voice mails and social media inquiries. I love that my past clients continue to ping me about their website or ideas for marketing or for thoughts on a social media strategy and I truly do not want to close that door. But it’s apparent I need to be more flexible with my rigidly scheduled time.
So how do you schedule your day to fit it all in? How much do you typically accomplish and what’s left over? Leave your thoughts below.