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Have you  ever wondered if it is actually possible to put all your tasks in a calendar; use it to manage all the demands on your time and achieve peace of mind?

Welcome to Schedule U. We are here to help. Join our community of people who, like you, have imagined a new level of control and clarity from making better use of our calendars.

I’m Francis Wade and for over two decades I have been studying task management in all its forms. I not only imagined this new possibility– I tried to make it a reality which works.

Like everyone else, 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!”

I was fortunate. Thought I had given up, I met others who found ways to make it work and this encouraged me to keep trying.  For about 15 years I have made these techniques a regular practice and they have become a cornerstone of what I teach.

I realize that you may be thinking that “These people are not like me, they must be superhuman; no ordinary person can actually take into account the time each and every task requires. This must be a ‘super-power.'”

I am here to tell you that you can. But first, you must believe somewhere within you that this is possible because here you are… visiting a “School for Scheduling Everything.” Yes, you have a full life and yes, there are lots of demands on your time. But you also hate it when you forget to execute a task you are committed to completing.

Or maybe you are someone who is an ambitious 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 new “Yes” puts a bit more strain on your current workflow, 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 would push your effectiveness 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 need to do the reach their biggest goals.

On this website I share how I grappled with this skill, first by trying manual techniques. They worked… for a while… until I mysteriously saw myself failing. On the advice of a popular guru, I even gave up Total Task Scheduling, thinking I had made a big mistake. Once again I was back to the use of a To-Do List – but this only made things 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 personally 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. My years of using these tools daily and reflecting on the effective use of these tools have shown me that users 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,

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Welcome! If you skipped over my Home and Start Here pages, I suggest you go back and read them first.

Here’s some more about Schedule U.

It’s a virtual school which is part of 2Time Labs. Both are owned by Framework Consulting Inc, which is a Florida company.

I first had the idea for Schedule U when I finished my second book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity in 2015. I knew that  there was little or no help to people who wanted to reach higher scheduling skills. There was information, but it was fragmented and scattered.

Plus, popular digital calendars were modeled after appointment calendars. They weren’t designed for managing tasks.

It’s the kind of question we like to tackle at 2Time Labs. I’m an industrial engineer and operations researcher by training so the kind of challenges the Labs attracts tend to have a combination of human behavior and technology. The challenge of “scheduling everything” combines a fair amount of both sides of the coin.

Other recent challenges I have taken on, sometimes in collaboration with others include the following:

This special report took about two years to write, requiring me to delve into fields such as psychology, philosophy and linguistics. This paper brings them together in a single place, perhaps for the first time to answer a question in a single deep dive.
These three articles tackled the problem of three selves rolled into. The Notified Self is made up of the Interrupted Self, The Warned Self and the Informed Self. They all describe ways we use technology and information to change our daily behavior and increase our productivity. The main purpose of these articles was to empower people to manage their environment in ways which are empowering.
Task management apps are usually designed to be little more than databases – dry and uninviting. Starting from my experience using an auto-scheduler, I argue that much more can be done to gamify task management apps so they become engaging opportunities for users which are immersive and fun.
This article brings together two opposing and sometimes contentious points of view. Schedulers and Listers sometimes claim their approach is best and in this article I show where they both are correct, to some degree.
My book is currently being updated with a new edition that will address the emergence and usage of auto-schedulers.

Here are other general resources in which you may have an interest.

Total Task Scheduling isn’t the only technique we focus on at 2Time Labs, but the last couple of years have focused on particular evolution and the impact is has on the working professional.

In addition to working with individuals, we also work with companies. Some are startups which are designing a new application. The most prominent relationship we have is with SkedPal, an auto-scheduling app that’s prominently featured on this site. However, the site supports the success of any program or device in this field.

We also deliver live and online programs within companies, plus individual programs to individuals. These can be found at MyTimeDesign.com.

It’s great to have you here at Schedule U and please use the contact page to ask me any questions you wish, or set up an complimentary consultation via phone or Skype.

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Article on Time Blocking

Kourosh Dini recently shared his thoughts on the concept of time blocking: On Time Blocking. He makes a very good point – the technique is not for the beginner, for that would be like asking someone to lift heavy weights on their first visit to the gym. That’s a great analogy!




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Join me for 12 days – A Course in Scheduling

Take my free program and discover what I have been teaching thousands of people for over a decade – the art and science of Total Task Scheduling.

Learn about manual techniques vs. auto-schedulers, the 7 core skills of Total Task Schedulers, the science behind “scheduling everything” and more.

Achieve life balance, precise daily execution, fewer errors of judgment and greater peace of mind.

New Frameworks

You will learn new frameworks for evaluating your skills as a Total Task Scheduler. Once you have used the 6  Level Model, the ETaPS method, and the 7 Core Behaviors I will show you how to use your evaluation to craft your own plan for continuous improvement. You will master the nuances of this technique.

One Step at a Time

Each weekday you’ll receive a single lesson that delves into a single aspect of Total Task Scheduling. There’s at least one practical step to take at the end of each lesson, giving you a way to analyze or improve your current workflow immediately.

Join a Community

Meet others who are also becoming Total Task Schedulers – passionate professionals who care about their tools and the methods they use. Get help and share your experience, while learning from others who are further along on their journey towards greater capacity.






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