Have you ever wondered if there just might be a way to put all your tasks in a calendar, thereby managing them all from a single place and maybe achieve a new peace of mind?
Welcome to Schedule U where we offer help, and a community, to people who are just like you. Here, we have all imagined that a new level of control and clarity would be ours if we could find a way to make better use of our calendars.
I’m Francis Wade and for over two decades I have been studying task management in all its forms. More to the point, I am someone who did more than just imagine this new possibility – I went ahead and tried to make it work.
Like most others, I started out failing miserably. To my surprise, “Total Task Scheduling” was much harder than it seemed. So, I gave up after my first attempt, even though my intuition screamed: “There must be a way!”
Fortunately, I met others who found ways to make it work, so I kept trying. For about 15 years I have made the technique a regular practice and a cornerstone of what I teach. It’s always seemed to be a “super-power” – the awesome ability to manage everything one needs to do a way that clearly takes into account the time required and the limited nature of time.
I imagine that you are visiting a “School for Scheduling Everything” because you have similar aspirations. You have a full life which involves lots of demands on your time and you simply hate it when you forget to execute something that you are committed to completing.
Or maybe you are someone who is ambitious: a high-achiever who says “Yes” to a lot of your aspirations. As you reach for the stars, you know that you must add more tasks. Each addition puts a strain on whatever technique you happen to use, so you are always looking for fresh ways to be more effective. As a result, you are open to the next gadget, system, tool or technique that might launch your ability to complete tasks to the next level.
Schedule U exists to meet the needs of you and others who have reached the limits of memory, paper use and To-Do Listing. It’s not a school for everyone, or even the average professional, but it’s meant for those who are ready to explore what it takes to have a positive, productive impact on their lives by grappling with the stuff they most do the reach their biggest goals.
On this website I share how I grappled with this skill, first by trying manual techniques. They worked… until I mysteriously saw myself failing. On the advice of a popular guru, I gave up Total Task Scheduling, thinking I had made a mistake. I went back to the use of a To-Do List.
When that made things even worse, I struggled to figure out what I was doing wrong. Fortunately, I found others who were also looking for answers. (Some of them have written articles and books sharing their experiences and research.) The answer in my case? My skills were suitable for only a small number of tasks, as long as I was living in the boundaries of the dependable routines of life in a developed country. I discovered that I needed to become a better Total Task Scheduler, not abandon the approach entirely.
Fast forward…When I wrote Perfect Time-Based Productivity in 2014 I laid out my journey… just in time to be overtaken by a new approach altogether, only two months after publication.
As you probably know, the confluence of cloud computing, the mobile Internet and the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has spurred powerful new developments in robotics, big data and other fields. But it’s also had a quiet impact on task management, via the development of apps which I call “auto-schedulers.”
These programs are changing everything: one day their power will reside within every digital calendar, working behind the scenes. But until then, tools like SkedPal (which I use and work for as a consultant), are having an immediate impact that you can learn to harness here.
But in spite of their power, I can say from experience that new software isn’t enough. After accumulating a couple of years of daily use and a lot of reflection, I see that they also require a different mindset, plus brand new habits, practices and rituals.
Here at Schedule U, I’ll show you the best of what I (and others) have learned as we combine personal behavior with this very new technology. I will teach you how to expand your individual capacity to manage demands on your time via manual or automatic methods. Plus, I’ll help you decide when an upgrade is right for you and whether a new app is worth the investment. These aren’t trivialities: as I mentioned before. Total Task Scheduling is not for everyone. Neither is any particular app.
One size just doesn’t fit all and I will suggest the conditions under which you should not change a thing about your setup… at least not in the near future.
But if you are one of the busiest people you know, and maybe one of the most ambitious, here’s my invitation: jump into my free, 12-lesson long training: A Course in Scheduling and find out for yourself what it takes to be a Total Task Scheduler.
Or, if you want more information, visit my Start Here page.
It may also be that the timing isn’t right for you to continue on today, so I suggest you bookmark this page for a later visit or follow me on Twitter for updates. Schedule U will be here when you are ready.
Thanks for visiting,