Monday, July 19, 2010

Scheduling Bursts

We set appointments to meet with people, but tend to drift into working on projects. We coast about and then, suddenly, have a burst of intense activity followed by more coasting and perhaps a meeting or two before our next burst.

I doubt if it is possible to schedule a burst for, say, nine or ten o'clock and expect that the experience will be like 0 to 70 mph in 10 seconds. Some pre-burst time may be necessary; i.e., we schedule a work period from nine to twelve, knowing that the first 10 to 15 minutes may involve accelerating to high speed.

Even with the acceleration time, however, we may be able to gain the benefits of the burst of highly productive activity. With that comes the knowledge that all bursts are followed by slow-down periods; time well-suited for routine meetings, study, and goofing-off.

So have you scheduled your burst times today?

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