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4/6. How to Avoid Making Unrealistic Plans with a Time Management 2.0 Schedule

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Uploaded on Sep 19, 2011

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Unrealistic plans are kept in two ways - mental or written/typed. In general, those that are written are more realistic and maintain a higher quality. Why is this?

It's just too hard to maintain a mental schedule. I don't know of any research that directly supports this conclusion but it stands to reason. Someone who makes a commitment based on a mental schedule is likely to make errors in judgment, particularly when an appointment for a future date must be used to make a new commitment.

While this all sounds obvious, there are very few working adults who maintain such a calendar. College students have perhaps the highest percentage, and that's due to the number of time demands they need to juggle, and the requirement that they deliver on time of face dire consequences.

Unfortunately, they appear to lose the practice once they graduate, and move into the world of work where the consequences are hardly as immediate.

One of the important ideas in building a daily schedule is to be conservative, and to use unbiased estimates that are neither too aggressive nor too pessimistic. This realism is important, due to the human tendency to be overly pessimistic. This leads to schedules that are effectively a lost cause from the moment they are drawn up.

Over time, however, my experience is that learners become better and better at estimating how long tasks actually take to complete, and can see the moments when they are overly aggressive in their scheduling.


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