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How to End Scheduling Madness

When making plans, put a stake in the ground as early in the conversation as possible and save a lot of scheduling time and hassle. Get-It-Done Guy tells you how.

By
Stever Robbins,

How to End Scheduling Madness

 

Scheduling. I just love scheduling! No, I don't. I hate scheduling. And scheduling via email can be a horror show. Does this sound familiar?

You: Want to get together? 
Friend: Sure! How about next week? 
You: That sounds great. When are you free? 
Friend: Pretty much any time. What works for you? 
You: Thursday is pretty open. 
Friend: Ok, how about Thursday at noon. 
You: Actually, I have lunch plans at noon. But how about 1pm?
Friend: That works. Where shall we go? 
You: I was thinking somewhere fun. What's fun for you? 

Unless you enjoy these exchanges, it’s time for a change. Rather than making a vague intention about the future, get specific. Put a stake in the ground as early in the conversation as possible by proposing a date and time. The other person is still free to come back with a counter-proposal, but they can also just say "yes," saving you a lot of scheduling time and hassle.

You: Want to get together next Wednesday at 2pm at Dave & Buster's? 
Friend: I'm busy at 2pm. How about 3pm? 
You: We're on! 

I'm Stever Robbins. I mentor CEOs and entrepreneurs in how to set strategy and align their company behind the strategy. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com.
 

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT. 

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