Just wanted to write quickly about this new scheduling process I’m using, and how it’s had a big impact on my day-to-day mood.
So I started this new process to do a better job of managing my time during the week. My main goal was to be doing more marketing outreach for my teaching practice and more networking for my performance practice.
I found a process that Scott Dinsmore (of Live Your Legend fame) had published. Here’s the link to his post on this subject. And I decided to use that as a model and adapt it to my schedule. My schedule is very different from Scott’s (I am a musician, after all) so it definitely had to be adapted extensively.
The reason I did this was that I was feeling very frustrated that the development part of my business (both the teaching and performance sides of the business) was really suffering with the demands of my schedule. I was frustrated, but I’m not sure I knew just how frustrated I was. (More on that below.)
The main new benefit I got from this was not simply being more effective with finding time for marketing outreach and networking, although that did happen. No, the main benefit so far has been a real sense of calm and ease that I feel. I have this sense that I’m using my time better and I feel much less panicked that I’m not doing enough to build my business.
And I really don’t know exactly why this feeling has come to me. I think it’s maybe no more than the satisfaction that I’m using my time much more effectively. I really don’t know.
But what I do know for sure is that the sense of frustration I felt before was bigger and deeper than I realized at the time. So much so that to address it in even the smallest way these past couple of weeks has made a huge difference in how I feel day-to-day. It’s like a huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders.
This new process even has me feeling less resentful of working extra hours evenings and weekends. And, I have more energy to do everything on my weekly goals list.
It’s very early in the process, but hopefully the long-term benefits will be that I will be much more effective growing my business. Time will tell but it’s off to a great start. And the feeling–that wonderful feeling, that sense of calm, that boost of energy–is totally great!
So, how’s your schedule treating you? You feel like you’re getting done what needs to be done? To paraphrase and adapt a quote from Art Blakey (“are you playing the drums, or are the drums playing you?”): are you running your schedule, or is your schedule running you?