If you are new to the idea of time-blocking, calendar-blocking or time-boxing, this is an excellent place to begin.
Welcome to my website and to my world. I’m Francis Wade and I’m the person who started Schedule U, a place where you can learn how to be effective in managing the tasks in your calendar.
I have been leading programs to teach people how to use their calendar in sophisticated ways for over 15 years. I have used all the techniques we teach here at ScheduleU myself and have written about them extensively. At the moment I use an auto-scheduler as I describe in my book. (For more, see my personal About page.)
The website is built on three pillars: my own experience, academic research, and theories I share in my book and website. Here are some of the ideas we teach.
I refer to time-blocking as a “super-power” each person can develop. Think of the powers Batman displays. He’s human, but over the years he’s developed high skills which allow him to fight crime.
As someone who is visiting this site, you may have one of several interests.
- If you are looking for opportunities to become more productive, then I recommend that you sign up immediately for A Course in Scheduling. We have offered this free training for a few years to orient you to the inside secrets related to time blocking. During the program, you will develop a plan of action which will make it easy to take the best steps possible towards dealing with an exceptional number of demands on your time. Fortunately, the Course is meant for all levels – from beginners to experienced users . As you progress, you will meet others who are also in the same boat, working through similar issues. They tend to be ambitious, creative types who routinely come up with more interesting, fun or essential things to do than time will allow. (Update – we are doing some work to upgrade A Course in Scheduling. It will become a fee-based program in the next few months.)
- If you are a designer of software programs who wants to create apps for this audience, visit the page for App Designers. The same applies if you happen to design devices, planners, wall calendars or any other type of product or service which helps the time blocker do a better job. We are looking to provide resources that help you meet thee needs of this audience, with its special need for technologies and practices which make a difference.
- If you are a researcher or just someone who is curious about the theoretical side of things, you will find some of the school’s foundation thinking under the Resources tab. I have pages for Academic Research, Non-Academic Research, Social Proof, and even A History of Total Task Scheduling. If your curiosity is driven by a desire to consult or coach with companies or individuals, this is a good place to start if you want to differentiate your offerings.
Becoming an Expert Scheduler
Regardless of what your commitment might be, this is a site which specializes in helping ambitious people fulfill their dreams. The people who come here and do our programs make up a community of driven individuals who create a lot of tasks in order to achieve some big goals.
We see their use of time blocking and special software as mandatory: it’s the only way for them to juggle a high number of tasks.
Our goal is to produce a transformation in their daily lives of our visitors so that they are empowered by the number of tasks they create, rather than disempowered, or depressed. Our research shows that there are few things more disempowering than having a huge aspiration you can’t fulfill because you don’t know how. We are about meeting their commitment with the kind of rigorous support which produces measurable results.
Given this destination, we take a slightly different approach from other learning experiences.
The reason is simple: no-one comes to ScheduleU as a sheer novice. Instead, research shows that you started scheduling your tasks as an adolescent using your memory as a tool. Over the years, you forged other self-taught methods. Therefore, understanding what you currently do is a necessary first step to making any changes.
When you begin A Course in Scheduling, I’ll show you how to use the four-step ETaPS method described below.
As you follow these steps, expanding your ability to diagnose your current setup, you will build a mid-term improvement plan. It will be custom built: a sequence of changes in practices, habits, apps and devices. Because you are unique, your plan must be built by you.
While it will probably be limited to the technologies that already exist, we are always scanning the horizon for the newest technologies. After all, the biggest change I made to my task management came from a recommendation I received from a colleague, Dr. Melanie Wilson, to use an AI-powered auto-scheduler.
ScheduleU plans to play a special role in the life of busy people for many years to come, even as technology evolves. We also will help you separate fact from fiction.
A number of gurus argue that time blocking is just plain wrong. Or reckless. Or worse. I’ll help you understand how they can be so right about so many things, but miss the boat on this particular development.
By the end, you will be able to sort out conflicting ideas and make personal progress at the same time.
So go ahead, sign up for A Course in Scheduling while it’s available. It’s the best way to get going.