Are you a schedule keeper, or are you more of a flow chart kind of gal? Since I frequently remind you to hold your plans loosely, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I’m more of a flow chart girl. The irony is the fact that I love schedules.
If you were to take a peek at the daily calendar I keep on Google Calendar, you’d see a fairly detailed schedule. That schedule, however, is not the reality of my days. We all know that life has a way of throwing us curve balls and surprises. If I were a strict, stick-to-the-schedule kind of gal, those curve balls and surprises could throw my household into chaos.
Allowing my schedule to work more as a flow chart, allows me to hold my plans loosely while still maintaining the rhythm that my household does best with.
God gives us twenty-four hours in each day, and we should be mindful to use those hours wisely. Planning out our days is a good way to see what we hope to accomplish during any given day. It can serve as a good reference point throughout the day. While my own schedule looks chock-full, I’ve actually followed Amy’s advice to have plenty of margin built into my schedule.
When something unexpected happens, that plan (or schedule) gives us a great reference point. We can see at a glance what the really vital things are that still need to be done for that day. We can see which activities we can reschedule for another day, and which activities can just go by the wayside.
Life happens, and that means both good and not-so-good things come into our days that we can’t for plan in advance.
- Running out for coffee with Copper on a whim in the middle of the day when he has a day off
- Being available to talk to my widowed neighbor when she phones mid-morning
- A child wakes up sick or sustains an injury during the day requiring medical care
- Answering an email from a troubled friend
- Texting with my married daughter for no reason at all
- Happily encountering a friend online on Facebook who lives half way around the world and has time for a chat
I want to encourage you to carefully, and thoughtfully, plan your days, weeks and months. I also want to tell you that your plans are wonderful, but God’s plans are always, always better, so hold your plans loosely. That said, there are two things that I want you to remember:
You can’t schedule or plan for everything, and relationships are more important than schedules.
Are you a scheduler, or are you more of a flow-chart girl? Do you remember to hold your plans loosely?