TSRP: Scheduling Overview

29 01 2010

After an honest inventory is taken of my projects and their relative level of completion, a schedule will be made around some of the following criteria:

Frequency:  Obviously, things that need to be done every day will be scheduled daily. Some may have their own time of day, or a particular day(s) of the week that they are to be addressed.  And, weekly reports will be given at the end of each week to track progress.

Priority: In the timeline, some tasks and projects will naturally be taken on first, while others are a later step, or lower priority that can be put on the back burner for awhile.  NB: Priorities may change, especially as tasks are completed.

Creativity: or, flashes of inspiration are to take top priority when they hit.  It may be a line to a song or a solution to a problem…whatever it is, I will put it down on a post-it or record it into my iphone immediately, and then, as it passes, get back to the matter at hand and know that the flash is noted, has a place and will be given the time it deserves.  Or, if the inspiration is “too great” then I will proceed to the thing itself and write, record or do whatever the inspiration requires.

Place: Some tasks or events might be good to have their own place or space to carry them out.  Driving is a good place to warm up my voice as I can belt out without anyone hearing…a coffee shop might be a good place to do a certain type of writing on the laptop or note taking.  Different chairs, environmental changes such as light and music or even what I wear might have a bearing on what it is I am doing at that time.  Many may even involve a type of “opening sacred space” before starting to work, that I may be reminded of what it is I’m doing and why, as a way of informing and vitalizing the task at hand.

Quantity vs. Quality: there may be some things, like learning and recording cover songs, in which just pouring out verses, or pages or rants or whatever is more important than taking one thing and honing it well.  And, there will be some things that will be worked and re-worked over time, such improving my voice or subsequent drafts of screenplays or other writing.  Either way, each project will be assessed accordingly, and according to their function and purpose toward self reliance.

A CALENDAR will be drawn up, and followed, making changes where necessary and establishing routines so that “facing” these projects will be a little more matter-of-fact, instead of being overwhelming.

Ultimately, the purpose of a schedule is to manage the many projects so they all get done, providing variety and predictability, while allowing flexibility for changes that most certainly will arise.

©2010 Chris Sheridan

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