How managers look at their schedules

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While cooking, an unrelated thought:

Lately I’ve been planning my time more as an employee and not like a manager. An employee plans their schedule considering only the start time and length of meetings and tasks ahead of them. A manager, on the other hand, plans time intentionally for preparation and with other people in mind and .

A small example: tomorrow, returning from winter break, my employee schedule is, for the most part, wide open. I can become overconfident in the amount of free time I have and lack urgency because it appears all of my tasks could get done within the day.

However, a lately dormant manager mindset kicked in and said my overconfidence is wrong. Returning from break, you and your colleagues will want to talk about one another’s breaks. Tasks that weren’t done before break could suddenly become urgent and spring up, needing to be done immediately. It wasn’t hard to recall what those tasks might be. Suddenly my calendar isn’t as free as I thought.

A small example but not unlike cooking. Cooking can’t be a sequential activity where you do only one thing at a time in the order you want to do it. Making dinner without anything getting cold requires preparation, coordination, and consideration for what time is needed based on the ingredients you have. Our challenge is, then, how to plan accordingly.