I am a writer on disability for bipolar depression and anxiety.
Because I am on disability, my days are largely without structure. Right now after a mental health crisis, I have a lot of structure lent during weekdays by various mental health appts. (therapy 2x/ week, a DBT group, checking in/picking up meds at the mental health center weekly). Otherwise, I'm left to my own devices. I am an ambitious and prolific writer, but I still have trouble sitting down to do work. It's nearly impossible for me to say "I'm just going to work on x project" and stick to that."
(I was being treated for ADD, but the meds were making my mania worse and the only non-stim med was making me really fatigued.)
Anyway, given that my moods/sleep schedule are so changeable, I have trouble committing to a schedule. I just started reading The Willpower Instinct, and I'm hoping that helps.
For those of you who've dealt with having a lot of unstructured time, what's been helpful?
posted by mermaidcafe
on Feb 8, 2014 -
Maybe it's just my computer, but NBC's Olympics schedule page
is horribly broken for me.
I'm looking both for a schedule of what time each event will be streamed live, as well as a schedule of NBC's primetime coverage. Are there any other sites where I can find it -- preferably in plaintext?
I'm particularly interested in the figure-skating events, so if there's a site where I can find just those times, that would be helpful too.
posted by mekily
on Feb 6, 2014 -
Afternoon WeddingFilter: We're trying to work out the timing for an afternoon wedding with a reception meal, and would love your advice and experience. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jan 24, 2014 -
Every now and then I go through my inbox and clear it out. I create events in Google calendar whenever there is an item I need to address in the future. I've never been 100% happy with this non-system for reasons I can't properly define. Is there some better place to offload everything that integrates with Android and windows/any browser? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 31, 2013 -
I currently have a sporadic work schedule for a job that I would like to quit as soon as I land something better. On my days off, I know that I need to be filling in the extra days with productive stuff such as finding a new job. And on occasion I am successful! But more often than not, a misstep in the morning tends to snowball and leads to an entire morning - or even day - wasted. I'd like to know how other people who suffer from ADD or impulsivity were able to beat back their morning bad habits, or even reform them into good ones. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Dec 21, 2013 -
I've taken over a graphic design project and need to update this weekly calendar image
(just the schedule part, not the kids on rolling globes). But I only have the image, not the original working file. Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by nevers
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I'm entering what I expect to be a very busy year: busy full-time job with frequent evening and weekend work, graduate classes one night a week (plus homework), and a large writing project due next year. I find that I can get really overwhelmed and stressed when my schedule gets locked in and deadlines line up. I'm trying to find ways to simplify and ease my daily life so that I don't add additional stressors. What are your best time- and stress-saving tips for getting through intensely busy times? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I interviewed for a job a few weeks ago. Today they called to offer me the position and sent me the offer letter via email. I sent a follow-up email to confirm receipt of the offer letter, and also sent a list of three upcoming dates (the soonest being a month away) that I would not be available to work. The response from HR was basically that they'd have to see what the staffing situation would be before confirming I'd receive those days off. [more inside]
posted by altopower
on Aug 28, 2013 -
Question on the timing of bowel movements; details behind the jump so as to protect the squeamish. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 20, 2013 -
My kid is late to school more often than I would like, because somehow the morning is never scheduled adequately. I'm not sure how much time is fair to budget her for things - obviously how much time it would take me to do them is too little, but how much time she would like to take to do them is too much. If I have a fair and reasonable morning schedule/wake up time, it might be easier to get her to stick to it and get her out the door. Other morning suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by corb
on May 23, 2013 -
I work with a team of engineers supporting sales people. I need a good way to communicate to the sales people when are times we are available for meetings and when are times we are not. What tools have people used to communicate this, quickly and effectively? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon
on Apr 29, 2013 -
I have 2.5 weeks until my university final exams. I have a lot
of review to do, but at the same time, I'm also learning quite a bit of new material in my classes so I need some extra hours in my day.
Since I have no other urgent commitments in the next 2 weeks (such as midterm exams), I am willing to sacrifice on sleep. Normally I have a standard schedule: asleep from ~11:30 to ~7:30. I understand there are quite a bit of polyphasic sleep schedules
, but I'm only looking for something temporary and those typically take a while and have a gruelling transition period. My schedule is occupied from 7am to about 5 pm.
posted by ptsampras14
on Apr 24, 2013 -
I'm in the process of making my schedule for next semester and it looks like the only viable option is 5 classes in a row, twice a week. Has anyone done something like this? Does this sound like an awful idea? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas!
on Apr 11, 2013 -
I have MS Office Pro Plus 2010 at work, and I haven't used Office before. After using Gmail exclusively for a number of years, and never any scheduling tools beyond what came on my Droid from Verizon, I'm looking for ways to better utilize the email, organizational and time management options I have. I recently learned about flags and conversation view
from a co-worker, but I feel like there are more features I should be using. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 1, 2013 -
How do you put a six month old baby on a routine? Or should you even try to? What kind of schedule worked for you? [more inside]
posted by meech
on Mar 24, 2013 -
I work 50+ hours a week in a job that I love. My schedule changes daily; some days are normal 9-6, but others are 2am to "whenever." How do I get healthy sleep while coping with this schedule? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster
on Mar 5, 2013 -
My daughter is home from the hospital (yay!). Now what? I'm looking to hear from stay at home parents of infants up to toddlerhood. Can you give me an idea of your daily routine at various ages and how you developed it?
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty
on Feb 3, 2013 -
Movie theaters seem to only post show times on their websites for Friday-Thursday on Friday which makes it difficult to make advance plans for Friday night. Is there some other website/service that posts the times earlier? (I vaguely remember finding some site that did that, but I can't find it now). Also, why do theaters do things this way? [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Jan 28, 2013 -
I'm organizing a conference which has a Wordpress website. Can anyone recommend a plugin that facilitates easy setup of pages/posts with speaker bios, session descriptions, locations and times, and an attractive auto-generated conference schedule page with links to the bios and session blurbs? [more inside]
posted by beagle
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I'm looking for a website where I could select a date & US city and it would tell me if professional sports teams are playing locally on that date. [more inside]
posted by kag
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Is there any calendar/scheduling software for OS X and
Windows that can sync info with Google Calendar? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Bangkok to Ko Mak and back again: Help me solve an impending travel conundrum in Thailand
(Transit nerds and Thai-speaking timetable readers welcome!) [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Dec 12, 2012 -
I'm almost nocturnal but feel almost guilty about it, and don't see it working out in the long run with a family even though it is the perfect set-up for me right now while I'm on my own still. Definitely want a family, though... Any advice or similar situations solved or coped with? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow
on Nov 18, 2012 -
Phone Call Scheduler: How can I schedule a phone call to automatically call me every morning? [more inside]
posted by Mroz
on Oct 2, 2012 -
How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy
on Jun 29, 2012 -
I want to be able to stick to a calendar and I'd like to do it on my phone. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by troika
on Jun 26, 2012 -
I live with two roommates and need to provide a new cleaning schedule. The once a week, one person does everything, seemed ok until someone started missing weeks. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing
on May 31, 2012 -
I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic
on May 18, 2012 -
What is the best way to monitor the schedules of speakers, bands, shows, or other things* of that sort so that you don't miss them when they come to your neck of the woods? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld
on Apr 26, 2012 -
How would one visualize 3 parametars on the same graph?
I have to visualize my sleeping schedule (time + day) + alternations of my body temperature during the day on the same graph. How could it be done?
posted by leigh1
on Mar 22, 2012 -
I would like to schedule every day from now until the end of my semester. I would like that schedule to work as a checklist, where every item I need to complete, even regularly recurring ones such as attending class and making dinner, are checklist items I can check off.
I have a laptop but not a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Mar 2, 2012 -
I need to create a schedule for many, many one-on-one meetings that are all happening in the same day, between two groups of people. What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins
on Feb 23, 2012 -
In the process of requesting a favorable schedule at my part-time job that allow me to interview for positions on my days off. I'm just going to assume that these interviews can last a full day, so I don't think there's a chance I could work and interview in the same day. I am seeking a position in marketing research.
If I should need to work two to three weekdays, which days should I request off? My guess is that employers are usually busy the beginning of the week, Monday and Tuesday, so maybe most interviews fall later in the week.
Thanks for your help!
posted by AngryTypingGuy
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Can you recommend some software that will automagically create a decent work schedule? [more inside]
posted by d1rge
on Dec 30, 2011 -
I need a free service that can send me warnings for scheduled events (birthdays, anniversaries), specs inside [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil
on Nov 15, 2011 -
I regularly need to schedule complex parallel tasks with my co-workers. Is there a visual (like with circles for each hour with time divided into pie slices) google template that could be filled out easily that would help people see what has to happen when? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon
on Oct 27, 2011 -
I need help scheduling my life -- figuring out daily, weekly, and monthly chores, maintenance schedules, etc. What are some resources or tips for putting a useful (and ideally more permanent) structure on my time? What should that structure look like? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Oct 26, 2011 -
I would like for you to plan my day tomorrow. I need direction on how to be a bit (a lot) more healthy. I've noticed that I can be successful in goalkeeping by accomplishing things in manageable chunks. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras
on Oct 23, 2011 -
I need to recruit 500+ people in NYC to come in to do a study in a hotel conference room. They'll be in groups of 10, in 1-hour sessions. What can I use to let them (a) schedule themselves and (b) change their own signups? [more inside]
posted by dmd
on Sep 6, 2011 -
Can you recommend some software that will automagically create a decent work schedule? [more inside]
posted by d1rge
on Aug 4, 2011 -
I'm looking for an app that will create a daily schedule of events (for a conference). Needs to be able to: be displayed on the web, display multiple events throughout the day (hour-by-hour) – some events happen concurrently, link each entry to another web page (event details), and be able to be used by non-programmers.
See sample of ideal look here
Google Calendar comes close but it does not seem to have the ability to link individual entries to outside webpages – and it compresses all events that happen at the same time into a very narrow column so info becomes unreadable, and, of course, each person viewing needs and account.
posted by pmaxwell
on Jul 24, 2011 -