12 Tips to Realistic Scheduling

Realistic scheduling is a combination of art and science. Realistic scheduling is very difficult. Here are 12 Tips.
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Published 12/2013 English

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Whether you're managing a software development project or coordinating your children's soccer and dance lesson times, schedules are helpful tools for orchestrating a sequence of events. Most schedules involve a start and end date, and include tasks, task duration, and dependencies between tasks. But no matter how well you plan for a series of events, unexpected events will compete for time and threaten deadlines. People you hadn't anticipated will step into your plans and begin to influence, control, and often complicate things. When we do not handle unexpected events and the interpersonal elements well, our schedules fall apart.
Good scheduling is very difficult, a combination of art and science. In this article, I will discuss realistic scheduling, which seeks to cover all the above types of events -- the planned, the possible, and the unimagined. There are some techniques that can help you keep your
Twelve tips for realistic scheduling in a software development project
sanity, which go beyond the notes, checklists, milestones dates, and appointment books. My twelve tips stress prioritization, clarifying values, and comparing the relative worth of each activity. They combine the conventional checklists with preserving and enhancing relationships to accomplish the desired results.

What are the requirements?

  • No formal course requirement required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Introduce the 12 Tips of Realistic Scheduling
  • Examples of how to implement the tips
  • Common mistakes when implementing

What is the target audience?

  • Individuals interested in excelling in their chosen profession

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Curriculum

Section 1: 12 Tips of Realistic Scheduling
01:59

Agenda:

We will be covering

  • 12 Tips to Realistic Scheduling
  • How to Implement Tip
  • Common mistakes in implementation

We'll then do a quick summary with real-world scenarios

00:23

Before we get started, please take a moment to outline what you are willing to do to achieve your realistic scheduling goals. Use this 1-page worksheet to help clarify your intentions.

10:43

15:35

More time and effort is wasted by ambious and vague directions and instructions. Take the time upfront to clearly articulate your goals and success criteria.

Typical words that invite mis-interpretation are:

  • Always, Every, All, None, Never.

If you see words such as these that denote something as certain and absolute, make sure that they are indeed, certain. Think of cases that violate them when discussing.

  • Some, Sometimes, Often, Usually, Ordinarily, Customarily, Most, Mostly.

These words are too vague.

09:10

Decisions are neither right or wrong. Therefore, you can not really make a wrong or bad decision. All decisions produces results. There are two types of results:

1) results that brings you closer to your goals

2) results that provide your more data in which you can act on, to bring you closer to your goals

Just because the results were unexpected, doesn't make it a wrong decision.

10:42

We’ve all heard the groan that “we have an aggressive schedule to meet”.The fact is that the “schedule” timeline isn’t aggressive. It’s what we have chosen to fit in it.

It's like trying to put 8 pounds of sugar in a 5 pound bag. There's nothing wrong with the bag. It's what you are electing to put into it.

07:31

Misplaced Heroics is extremely common and another source of chaos.

It is extremely common that organizations depend and expect additional hours and heroics to get their products out the door.While very common, it doesn’t make it good management.

Instead reward the behavior you want to encourage and emmulate such as well-planned projects and realistic schedules.

03:54

It's time for a quick break. Enjoy these cartoons and quotes.

07:27

Let's see how this all fits together.

Let's follow three different professionals:

  • Janice - a telemarketer
  • Devlin - a developer
  • Dan and Lori - new home owners

What strategies did you pick-up on, seeing how they conduct their lives?

10 questions

You will be given a few real-world scenarios to help you better understand the 12 Tips of Realistic Scheduling.

Section 2: Related Worksheets, Articles and eBooks
01:02

Learning these tips is only the first step. Now is the time to take actionable steps. This worksheet can help identify the areas that you most want to change, find appropriate supporters and accountability partners and put in place a structured schedule for change.

00:38

There is much written on Effective Meeting Management. This video gives some quick tips. This is a quick checklist to use when preparing for an effective meeting:

  • Have a purpose and success criteria for this meeting
  • Have an agenda with time tables.
  • Stick to your time table and meeting ground rules
  • Don’t leave without verifying that you’ve met your meeting’s success criteria with a Summary of your action items, owners, deadlines (See Rigorously Institute Reasonable Forcing Functions)
00:36

Sample agenda for an informal meeting can be found in the Supplementary Material. This short video provides some tips to creating an effective meeting agenda.

Consider that any time you are interacting with one or more people, that is a meeting. Practice good meeting management planning and execution in all your interactions.

Clearly articulate your goals and time frame for each interaction (even if it's an adhoc interruption), and you will be successful in staying on schedule.

00:38

Reviewing these tips does us very little, if we don't take action. Below is a helpful implementation and profess chcklist for your use. Pick an accountability partner with similar goals (check with the people taking this same course), set a regular meeting dates, and review your progress on these times.

Hold each other accountable for each other's goals. It will help.

Instructions for the worksheet

    1)Review each items and rank your current progress on each item

    2)Don’t get overwhelmed, and just look at the items that you marked at 6, and 7.

    3)Put a plan together the increase just those items at least an 8.

    4)Once those items have moved to an 8, you will see that the others have moved up as well.

    5)Repeat until all items are at least to an 8

00:33

Most of us use a Pro and Con list to help make decisions. Consider using this Pro and XCon worksheet to eliminate the Cons to make faster and more successful decisions.

Download the form in the Supplementary Material section.

00:32

Become the CEO and Rainmaker of your own life. Fill out this checklist to help get you there.

00:36

Take time to celebrate your accomplishment by outlining your accomplishments in this worksheet.

Download the worksheet from the Supplementary Material section.

Revisit this course from time to time. As you continue to evolve, your perspective on certain things will also change. And this course will also continue to evolve and change. Check back.

22 pages

Whether you're managing a software development project or coordinating your children's soccer and dance lesson times, schedules are helpful tools for orchestrating a sequence of events. Most schedules involve a start and end date, and include tasks, task duration, and dependencies between tasks. But no matter how well you plan for a series of events, unexpected events will compete for time and threaten deadlines. People you hadn't anticipated will step into your plans and begin to influence, control, and often complicate things. When we do not handle unexpected events and the interpersonal elements well, our schedules fall apart.


Good scheduling is very difficult, a combination of art and science. In this article, I will discuss realistic scheduling, which seeks to cover all the above types of events -- the planned, the possible, and the unimagined. There are some techniques that can help you keep your sanity, which go beyond the notes, checklists, milestones dates, and appointment books. My twelve tips stress prioritization, clarifying values, and comparing the relative worth of each activity. They combine the conventional checklists with preserving and enhancing relationships to accomplish the desired results.

01:01

There are many online tools to help you build a new habit to success. This is a list of 10 (mostly free) tools. Review and find the ones that best fit your personality and MO.

59 pages


The Book of Answers: 105 Career Critical Situations

is included as a bonus for subscribing to this Laser Lesson.

Download the book from the Supplementary Material tab.

This eBook outlines 105 Real-World, professional situations and provides positive solutions to those difficult scenarios.

Section 3: Bonus Lecture
07:05

This Laser-Lesson is also part of a larger, comprehensive package. The Laser-Lesson Strategy provides a full road-map to success. You can pick and choose your curriculum OR you can investigate the full package.

The other Laser-Lessons cover

  • Getting that Well-Deserved Raise (Available NOW )
  • 10 Career Boosting Resolutions (Available NOW )
  • 10 Hidden Time Wasters (Available Now )
  • 10 Tips for Telecommuters (Available Now )
  • 12 Tips to Realistic Scheduling (Available Now )
  • Professional Development Toolkit (Available Now )
  • It's a SNAP: Social Media tips for professionals and entrepreneurs ( Available Now <<HERE>>)
  • Leveraging Links - Use your current contacts to get that skip-level promotion (Available Now <<HERE>>
  • Finding Time to Network - (Available Now <<HERE>>)
  • And much more

01:01

Practice business networking by using this program and contacting your online classmates. These professionals have the same goals and career development plans as you do. Take advantage of those shared aspects to build a strong collaborative working relationship.

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Instructor Biography

Laura Rose, Business and Professional Development Coach

About Laura Rose

  • Do you feel pushed and pulled in all directions?
  • Do you find that once you complete one task, 3 more pop up to replace it?
  • Do you ever feel so busy that you don’t even have time to delegate?

The truth is chaos does not have to be a way of life.

Hi, my name is Laura Rose. I am a speaker and author. My background is in time and project management.

I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new technology or train their staff. I have a knack for taking big ideas and converting them into smart, sound, and actionable ideas.

At the end of the day, I give people peace of mind.

Background

Even though Laura excelled in the corporate environment, she felt a calling toward something more.Laura now uses her time management, work life balance and personal development skills as a efficiency coach and Corporate Exit Strategist.Laura Lee Rose helps people blend their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative transition strategies to help her clients realize what really matters to them. Combining inspired action with practical, tangible techniques easily lead you toward more autonomy, freedom and balance.

If you are ready for your next chapter, learn more about Laura and her products contact her directly.

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Lauren, I love your style. It’s warm, friendly and calm, and you create a safe environment for your clients. There is something very special about you, and the way you work in service of others.

You are a Masterful Coach.

Laura authors many articles and workshops on time management and strategic scheduling (click here for full list of articles) Laura offers one-on-one career and life coaching, small group coaching, seminars and workshops.You can learn more about her at www.LauraLeeRose.com

Personal note from Laura:

Thank you for spending this time to learn more about me and my clients.

My clients and potential clients are, like you, all doing well.But sometimes we want more from life.We feel that these challenging economic times prohibit us from creating the life we were meant to live.

When we integrate all that we are into what we do, we are free from doubt. We are at our best because we are working through inspiration. But it's difficult to follow one's passion, if we don't know what inspires us. Or we can't find the time.

I use my corporate project management, people management and client advocacy background to help my clients identify and tap into what excites and delights them. I help my clients identify, focus and hold onto their dreams. My clients find that by incorporating their passions into their every day, their lives become fuller, more joyous and prosperous. My clients and I use this collaborative relationship, to help define creative and practical approaches to continually and eagerly move forward.

My business is growing quickly through referrals.Please keep me in mind when talking with friends and associates.Once your friends experience this for themselves they will understand the value of coaching.With this in mind, I would like to offer you and your friends the gift of two free sample sessions.

Warmly,
Laura Rose , CTACC
Certified Business and Personal Life Coach

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