If you know me personally, then you know I can be quite lazy. Unfortunately, there’s a tough and cruel world out there. To be more productive, mommy gratefully created me a schedule. However, lately it seems I haven’t really been following it. So this week, I wanted to talk about some other ways I might be able to stay productive.
The first method I wanted to talk about, is the one I’m using right now. Something like this is good on normal days where I have nothing to do. Everything happens at a set time and nothing changes. So once you do it enough times, it becomes habit. For example, if I have math from 10 to 11 then that’s when it always happens. Unfortunately, there are also a few downsides to this kind of rigid structure. Sometimes, I just oversleep and I can miss several parts of my schedule. I could always shift things around to make things work out, but that defeats the entire point of the schedule method.
This leads me to my second idea, which is very similar to the schedule method. I call it the checklist method. Just like the previous method, you do all your tasks within set times. For example you commit to two hours of math, you’ll eventually do two hour of math by end of the day. There is not set schedule, instead there’s a checklist with tasks you need to complete and the amount of time you need to commit. This method is a lot more flexible, but at the same time has more disadvantages. Because of how this is set up, I might end up pushing everything to the very end of the day. You see, I’m not very good at organizing my schedule. So although this may be a viable method in theory, it probably isn’t for me.
The next idea I have, is simply called alarm. It’s quite similar to the reminder system Kalen and I had a long time ago from music practice. The reason I don’t use the reminder function instead, is because the constant pop ups become really annoying. So annoying I tend to ignore them these day. It’s kind of like pop up ads, you just have a habit of getting rid of them. It also doesn’t help I don’t do music anymore, and I still occasionally receive these reminders on the mac downstairs. In the end, I just thought it would be better to ditch the reminder system all together. Instead, I’ll use the alarm feature. It’s kind of like the reminder feature, but instead of reminding you it plays a blaring loud ringtone. It also helps I take these alarms quite seriously. If I didn’t, I would be late for school.
Out of these three methods, I guess the schedule does work best on paper for me. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to at least attempt the checklist or alarm method. In fact, I could likely use the the alarm method in conjunction with one of the other two methods. Maybe the checklist method really will work, I just have to try and see what works.