If you are new to the idea of Total Task Scheduling, this is an excellent place to begin.
Welcome to my website and to my world. I’m Francis Wade and I’m the guy who started Schedule U, a place where you can learn all about Total Task Scheduling, how to use the latest calendar technologies and how to achieve a new peace of mind by managing more demands on your time than ever before.
But let me introduce myself a bit more: I’m the founder of Schedule U and have been leading programs to teach people how to schedule everything for over 15 years. Plus, I’m a Total Task Scheduler who has used an auto-scheduler since early 2015. (For more, see my About page.)
Since you are new to this website, I’ll try to give you some ideas about how to use its contents to meet your goals. I’m assuming you are here because you are interested in some of the “super-powers” which are available to Total Task Schedulers.
Like other super-powers they aren’t meant for everyone. The average person probably won’t need to become a Total Task Scheduler.
But if you are here, you probably need them for yourself, or have more than a passing interest in making them available to other people.
If so, then this site is designed for you.
- If you are looking for opportunities to become more productive, then I recommend that you sign up immediately for A Course in Scheduling. It’s a free 12-day training I designed to orient you to the inside secretes related to Total Task Scheduling. During the program, you will develop a plan of action which will make it easy to take the best steps possible towards dealing with an exceptional number of demands on your time.
The Course is meant for all levels – from beginners to experienced users of auto-schedulers. As you progress, you will meet others who are also in the same boat, working through similar issues. They tend to be ambitious, creative types who routinely come up with more interesting, fun or essential things to do than time will allow.
- If you are a designer of software programs who wants to empower Total Task Schedulers in a unique way, you may want to start with an overview of the auto-scheduling apps which currently exist. In the future, this site will have reviews and offer detailed comparisons between apps, but you should visit the page for App Designers under the Resources tab to start.
The same applies if you happen to design devices, planners, wall calendars or any other type of product or service which helps the Total Task Scheduler do a better job. The key is to develop an in-depth appreciation of the habits, practices and rituals needed to demonstrate these super-powers. There are lots of yawning gaps to be filled by new software.
- If you are a researcher or just someone who is curious about the theoretical side of things, you will find some of the school’s foundation thinking under the Resources tab. I have pages for Academic Research, Non-Academic Research, Social Proof, and even A History of Total Task Scheduling. If your curiosity is driven by a desire to consult or coach with companies or individuals, this is a good place to start if you want to differentiate your offerings.
Becoming an Expert Scheduler
Regardless of where you start, what you will learn at Schedule U is the path people take to becoming an expert scheduler equipped with a number of apparent superpowers. Given our destination, we take a slightly different approach from other similar schools of thought or classrooms.
The reason is simple: you started scheduling as an adolescent, so you have lots of practice following a self-taught method. Understanding what you currently do is therefore a necessary first step.
When you begin A Course in Scheduling, I’ll show you how to use the ETaPS method described below which starts with self-knowledge.
As you follow these steps, you will build a mid-term improvement plan based on your intended change in habits, practices and rituals. Because you are unique, your plan must be custom built… by you. It will include improvements I suggest in the 12 lessons, but you may even find yourself adding in upgrades from my book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity. My overall goal is to help you find a way to keep making improvements on an ongoing basis for several years, even as technology changes.
Understanding this path is everything, whether you want to embark on it yourself or help others with an app or advice. Remember, your goal is to effect a change in human behavior so this deeper knowledge is critical – it provide a huge shortcut over the alternatives.
As you will learn, there are some experts who argue that Total Task Scheduling is impossible, or a reckless approach, or worse. I’ll help you see that they are partially correct, but missing some important data. You will be able to integrate a seeming conflict of ideas into one coherent explanation of human behavior in this area, plus how it has evolved due to new technology.
If you would like some more information, see my About page.