slicing the day

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Otherwise known as scheduling. We all do it.  It usually involves a list with designations for activities which are neatly divided into blocks of time. Then, we go about our day attempting to accomplish said activities… which runs the gamut from work to recreation. Admittedly, just like many other things, some do it better than others.

Pretty much cut and dried, right? (Pun intended.) Not so fast, Sensei.

There is an apparent art to slicing up the day. If done wrong things could get dicey.  As stated earlier, some do it better than others. The ones who are less successful are those who usually don’t figure the “life factor” into their schedule. This is the invisible magical wrench in the works that causes chaos and people to crawl up the wall like bug eyed ninjas with hernias.

The life factor is the buffer one has to negotiate when creating a schedule. At least, it should be factored into whatever one is doing if one intends to avoid a bad case of flash insanity. It’s not all the shenanigans of a certain Mr. Murphy… though they do play a part.

Here is a short life factor list to consider when making up a schedule:

  • A proposed journey from point A to point B is only a straight line if you are a crow. Life factors to consider: vehicle trouble, road works, traffic jams, lost keys, knowing how to get there. The last one plays a bigger role that most people like to admit. MANTRA & FIX: To be on time means getting there early.
  • A group activity always involves various agendas. Life factors to consider: even like minded folk have different needs, wants, pace and motivations. As a friend of mine is fond of saying, “Even a group decision for toilet breaks will have to be tabled resulting in ruptured bladders.” Enough said and applies to both recreational and work related activities. MANTRA & FIX: Flexibility is your friend.
  • Creative projects DO NOT CONFORM to a timetable. This especially so in the creation of one. Life factors to consider: there are times when one can be on a creative roll and there are times when one gets stuck. Allowances must be made. Hey, even Einstein had off days. This however does not negate the discipline and schedule required in order for said project to be accomplished. MANTRA & FIX: I am not a machine or a genius 100 percent of the time and I should always allow at least double the time I think is needed to create.
  • The tighter the schedule the higher the risk of failure. Life factor to consider: Mr. Murphy is always just around the corner and loves unraveling absolutes. Think of it this way, even switching from one activity to another requires “wind down & rev up” time. Heck, even sex (if it’s going to be any good) requires foreplay. MANTRA & FIX: Buffers are your friend.
  • It is always easier said than done. Life Factors to consider: as much as we’d like to think we are gods of the universe… we are not. Knowledge is acquired and learning takes time. MANTRA & FIX: All great ideas require a learning curve.
  • The “Mehs”. Life factor to consider: it strikes us all when we least expect it. MANTRA & FIX: Give a shit and you’ll go further.

So, there you have it. What’s on your schedule today?



  1. You’re such a creative philosopher. It sounds like working with extras was a real bitch and you’re making the best of it.

    On my schedule today? Ha! Funny you should ask. I’m up early because I have something very important to do at 6:15 this morning: get the trash barrel up to the roadside, then wait to make sure the men on the truck don’t have any excuse not to pick it up, and that no dogs ransack it before it gets picked up.
    This is not a group activity, nor is it creative, but your post is applicable. To be on time means i must arrive at roadside with the trash bin BEFORE the trash truck arrives – #1 and most important.

    Here’s hoping I do not encounter too many obstacles between the house and the road. Maybe Mr Murphy is sleeping in…

  2. Lolly… Mr. Murphy never sleeps. This explains those mysterious kricks in the neck when you wake.

    Actually, working with extras was great! 🙂

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