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Schedule successfully #36

What do we mean by schedule successfully?

In this week’s podcast episode, Charles and I go deeper into our practise. How we work, live and care for each other. What is the foundational structure for a successfully balanced life when you work with your partner?

After two years of launching our first business with embroidery patterns and one year of working as full-time artists, we still struggle with balance.

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We have tried to schedule our time to create a better balance between work and private life. However, it hasn’t always been successful. Thus, for better structural habits it isn’t enough to simply create a schedule if you’re still unable to follow it.

“When you begin to work for yourself you have full responsibility to both create and enforce your own schedule successfully”

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It may sound intuitive. What else would a schedule be there for other than to follow it? We thought so at first too. But then we realised that when you begin to work for yourself, you are the one in charge for everything. Literally everything. That means making up your schedule, imposing deadlines, make priorities, do research and much more. It can all get very overwhelming in a short time.

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One of the benefits of working together with your partner is that it gives you external support. In other words, when you tell someone else about your plans you are more like to follow through. The other person expects you to complete what you told them, which pushes you to act. This doesn’t mean however that you cannot change. But just be sure of WHY you want to change or for example push a deadline. Is it out of laziness and procrastination or do you genuinely just need more time?

Clock time vs. Real time

I’ve made attempts to explore strategies for time management before. Because ultimately, the purpose of a schedule is to manage your time better. You are able to categorise your time into chunks of varying length, which indirectly indicates their varying importance. In a previous article I talk about the idea of clock time vs real time. Clock time is the actual hour, whereas real time is how long that time feels. I find this concept super interesting with regards to how it can help you identify what you’re really passionate about and what you should prioritise.

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I don’t know about you, but I find prioritisation to be one of the most difficult parts to make an effective schedule. Thus by paying attention to how “long” and draining you find certain tasks to be, it can help to give you an indication of where you need to put your efforts. This is also efficient for recognising when you procrastinate. For example, in the episode Charles calls me out on one of my weaknesses… Accounting. I just find it to completely exhaust me. Thus I have unfortunately fallen into a bad habit of pushing my accounting forward until the last minute. Naturally this makes me stress out even more, which is why I feel a growing need to take scheduling more seriously to reach our goals.

To listen to the full discussion, don’t hesitate to press play on the recorder. If you find our podcast to be valuable, don’t forget to give it a review on Apple podcast and hit subscribe. Thanks for being with us!

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