We’ve all heard so many times about the advantages of having a schedule. It helps you organize your life, set priorities, be aware of what you are missing, what is important and so on.
I have been an organized person for ages but it wasn’t until I started this blog half a year ago that I began using an actual schedule of posts. It didn’t come easy but this last month has seen a clear improvement in that sense.
And thanks to this positive development, I discovered 2 unexpected positive aspects resulting from scheduling.
1. Overflowing Confidence
When starting a schedule, it is common practice to fail meeting every aspect of it, to want to modify it in parts, etc.
I have changed the order of posts, deleted entire weeks of post ideas due to them not fitting anymore.
This is not a problem at all though. Adapting our life is important. The most important is to stick to the premise of the schedule. In my case: one post a day. Which I did.
Slowly though, I started being able to write a bit in advance and have now a rhythm which would allow me, potentially, to skip a few days of writing without missing the overall goal of one post a day.
The repetitive success of following a schedule and even overachieving it creates a strong feeling of confidence in yourself.
This confidence and self-satisfaction thus develops into a stronger motivation to work towards your goal which simplifies following your schedule even more!
2. It allows you to Schedule
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
“But I’ve already been scheduling! What the hell are you talking about?”
Well, it’s simple enough: being successful in scheduling and following the set schedule properly provides you with a better understanding on how you achieved this.
By following a set schedule for months, you develop triggers, actions and reactions which allow to push forwards even in the most difficult times.
And succeeding to meet your target despite hardships along the way is not only about actually reaching those, it’s about the experience you get.
Your brain doesn’t forget what happened the last time and is now more ready for the next similar situation which will make it easier to go through.
All the above successes, create one more thing: time.
By being more efficient and aware of how and why you follow your schedule, you proceed faster and it allows you to schedule further more.
You can thus, if you’re writing a blog like me, think of future post ideas, take the time to look at recent articles and see what was well done or not, check your statistics and so on.
Even at work, you can finally find the time to schedule tasks which you were pushing away since long ago!
The important aspect to remember here though is to not let yourself go with that extra time. If you proceed directly with a new task without a clear understanding of it and of how you will handle it, you will just waste this preciously obtained time.
It doesn’t matter whether having a schedule was hard for you in the first place. Following a schedule is never an easy task. For anybody. Even the ones who make it look easy.
Push yourself to create and follow a schedule for something that is important to you. You will then become a happier person, better a scheduling and holding the reins of your life instead of the other way around.