|The proverbial ticking clock!|
This has implications for us in how we plan our work. I'm guessing most of us, especially at this time of year, are a little beside ourselves with things to do. We are planning and publicizing our summer programs, and trying to make the summer jam-packed with terrific offerings for kids, teens, and families in our communities. It can make it hard to think big-picture.
Consider building slack into your schedule. It might seem silly to allow for any wiggle room when there is so much to be done, but if you leave a little space (don't schedule your meetings or programs back to back, leave a few hours free to catch up every week) you will be better able to accommodate unexpected changes (a sick co-worker, a flooded bathroom, etc.) without getting hopelessly behind. And if no unexpected changes happen (face it, have you ever had a week like that?) you will have a chance to use that time to get ahead on something, OR to think/reflect about bigger picture things.
In the book, they described situations where having slack in a schedule (having an assistant whose time is not always booked to the last minute) or a building (a busy hospital setting aside an operating room for emergency surgeries) actually made the system more efficient. Think about that!