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55. The Wrong Question: How Can I Plan with an Irregular Schedule?

Welcome to the new season of The Ease of Hustle Podcast. In this season, Lauren will be covering eight common “wrong” questions she is asked and teach you new ways to think about them, as well as some tools to help you to shift the way that you have been thinking about time.

A lot of people seem to have trouble with planning for an irregular schedule. In this episode, Lauren will discuss the issues many have when planning for an irregular schedule. She'll teach you the assumptions that this question implies and helps you to create ease in your schedule, regardless of its perceived irregularity.

What You'll Learn From This Episode:

  • Why having an irregular schedule is not a problem
  • Why planning is more important for an irregular schedule
  • How irregular schedules can still have regularity
  • Examples of how you have more control over the regularity of your schedule than you think
  • The point of having a schedule and plan to begin with

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55. The Wrong Question: How Can I Plan with an Irregular Schedule?

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Hey, you're listening to The Ease of Hustle, the podcast where limited time is the strategy and not the limitation. I'm your host Lauren Cash. In each episode, I'll guide you to effectively create your goals and intentions in life and business without burning yourself. Or making yourself sick rather than doing things the way everyone else is.

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Hey, welcome to this season. I'm so glad to be back in your ears. And I hope that this is a super valuable and helpful season for you. In this season, we're going to cover eight common questions that I get asked, and I'm going to teach you a new way to think about them or a new way to consider looking at these questions and even some tools to help yourself shift the way that you have been thinking about time.

So today's first question is “how do I plan with an irregular schedule?” I'm gonna show you what this question assumes, the belief that's blocking you from awareness of the ease in your current schedule and the purpose of planning that has nothing to do with perceived regularity.

All right, let's go. So the first thing is when we ask this question, “how do I plan an irregular schedule?” It is assuming that irregular schedules are abnormal or that it is a problem, or that really there's a reason why you should have a regular schedule. So, if I were coaching someone, I would ask them, why do you think it's a problem that you have in your regular schedule?

Let's just assume that for now. We're gonna talk about this actually, and my second point, but for now, let's just assume that we would all agree that this client's schedule is irregular. We're just gonna say if you know, the self-coaching model, that that is a C, that is a circumstance. They have an irregular schedule.

But the reason we're asking about the regular schedule is like, ah, this is a problem. And I can't plan with this schedule. Why is that a problem though? Like what are you looking to get out of the planning and the schedule that you think you can't get out of the way your schedule actually is? Usually, there's something.

So, if you are one of these people, that thinks that the way that my schedule is, is a problem for planning. And that's a problem if I can't plan because planning is what is going to get me the result or the outcome I want because really we all just want results and outcomes. We don't have to call them goals.

We don't have to call them. We can call them intentions, but even if we don't like the term goals and we don't like goal setting, that's not what I talk about when I'm talking about results or outcomes. We don't have to have this, like I wanna run a five-minute mile goal to have an outcome that we're looking to have in life and have in business.

We all have these things that we desire to create. That's why we are experiencing life on a grander existential scale, but also the reason that we're in business is for a particular reason, most likely that reason includes maybe serving the type of people that you like to serve in helping them. If we're in business and we don't just have a hobby or we're not just volunteering it's to make money, we need to make money in order to live in the society in order to pay for things in order to invest and have money grow so that we can have money in our older age, or to use it for life experiences that we wanna have, or to have the things that we wanna have.

So there is an outcome that we want in business. For example, it's money. So if we take that back to our question, what we're thinking of right here is the irregular schedule. So this person, maybe they're thinking I'm not making the money I wanna make, or I can't make the money I want to make because I don't have a regular schedule in which I can create that money.

And if I only had a regular schedule that I could plan for, then I would have the money that I wanna have. But in this example, I want you to check out how it's not because you don't have the regular schedule or you don't have planning capabilities that you're not creating the money you want to create.

We absolutely can create the money we want to create regardless of the type of schedule that we have. So we're going to look at that in a different way of, okay, here are the things that the elements, the ingredients of my life. This is the type of schedule I have. And within this type of schedule, what is the business?

What is the money I would like to create? And let's go to work using our minds and using maybe even human design and gene keys to figure out the best way, the most easeful way of creating that money in our businesses, within the construct or the confines or the container that is our current schedule.

We can all plan, including those of us that have irregular schedules. And I would argue that irregular schedules need more planning. They are the ones that need to be planning and being intentional with their schedules the most. The only really regular schedule I can think of is like somebody that goes to maybe a job from like eight to five.

And during those hours they do the exact same things routinely every single day on the job.

Like otherwise, I guess in schooling, maybe we had this a lot where it was like the bells at a certain time. We always had science at a certain time and that felt really regular. But for the rest of us, I would argue that all schedules are irregular inherently.

Even if there are aspects that appear to be irregular, because we always have different things changing in our lives. That's the constant, right? You've heard that cliche quote all the time. The only constant is change. Every week, there are gonna be new elements that are introducing themselves. I, I often hear clients tell me, well, this week was a weird week.

This was a weird one. I had like these new things come up. But that's actually happening all of the time in our lives every week is a weird week and the tools of planning and time blocking and these time management concepts and things that we can use in which to think about our time and our energy in a way to get intentionally what we want out of it are all these aspects that we can use in order to deal with that lifestyle that is going to have obstacles.

We're always going to have things that are coming up. Things are always going to change.

We're always gonna get new information. It just happened to me today. Actually, I had a plan for my day on my, you know, beautiful time blocked calendar. I knew what I was going to create, what outcomes I wanted.

I had blocked off when I was going to be, you know, taking lunch, maybe even taking, uh, a rest, a nap. And I had all these ideas for the day. And then my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to come drive to join him for lunch. And immediately my mind went to, no, I can't because I have like all these plans on my schedule.

It's not, there's no room for it. That's gonna add driving. It's gonna add all these extra, this extra time and I'm not gonna be able to create the results that I had set on my calendar. But then I remembered that the reason I have my own business, one of the main reasons I have my own business is for the flexibility to live my life.

And part of living my life is I want to be able to shift my schedule, leave work in the middle of the day, whenever I want to, unless I have like client sessions and go and have lunch with my boyfriend, who's inviting me to lunch. Of course. So then really the tools are, how can I adjust this day to flow better, still get the results done that need to get done today, like recording this podcast, right now. And then I can adjust everything else in the coming days. Not to procrastinate, not to put things off, but I can get strategic with the way in which I thought things were gonna go down. But now that I have new information, I can adjust them all and that's going to happen.

We're going to have things that come up. We're not gonna have like always swim is at 3:00 PM for the kids. Like there are gonna be seasons even within the year that are going to be a little bit more ebb and flow. There will be different times, different things are and every week that's why it can be really helpful to sit down and look at your week, we're optimizing for that particular week. So I want to offer you that all schedules are irregular. Even if there are aspects that seem regular, what if we can make peace with the irregularity and know that planning is a must when we have a, an irregular schedule and we're wanting an intentional outcome and there's nothing wrong with having an irregular schedule, we can plan and we can still get the outcomes that we want.

Hey, I hope you're loving the episode. I just had to interrupt to invite you to a free class. That's coming up on July 19th. It's called the time inventory lab. I'm going to teach you the first step that you need to know in order to optimize your limited hours and get what you actually want out of them.

I hope that you'll join me. Grab your seat by going to thelaurencash.com/55, and I will see you there.

So the second point that I have to offer you is… now this is kind of, we're changing it up from the first one. This is a completely different way of looking at this question. I think these are both true and that's something that I can do really easily because of my undefined ajna in human design is I can play devil's advocate and I can hold like two truths at the same time or two things that maybe contradict each other at the same time. So.

Just take, which points really resonate with you the most and go with those to help you create what you really wanna create with your irregular schedule. So then in light of that, so let's say we've made peace and I feel like it also builds on each other because I'm gonna say from one, we have peace that schedules are irregular.

There will be plot twists. And then in here, I want us to look at where are the common threads? So when we're asking the question, how can I plan with an irregular schedule? It gives a way that we have this lens that we're looking at our schedules. Already believing they're very irregular. There are no patterns.

There are no commonalities. There are no ways to make things systematic. So when we do that, we don't see any of the ways that our schedule actually has regularities in within what we're thinking is irregular or within the plot twists of life. There are always some regularities. There are always patterns that you have that you're just not seeing because you're believing it's not possible.

So when you look at your schedule or your commitments or the things that you're doing in a day, I want you to challenge yourself to start finding the patterns. There are patterns. If you believe that, then you're going to start to look for and find them. If you ask your mind to look for something, it's going to be very honed in on that specific thing that it's looking for.

So I, and I'm sure you've had this happen before, when you're, let's say looking for a particular license plate on a road trip, and you hone in on just trying to find, I don't know, Florida's license plate, you don't even pay attention to any of the other plates that are not Florida's plate you focus in and you narrow in and you miss a lot of other information when you're asking your mind, just to look for the one thing.

We're gonna use that to our benefit here, by asking our minds, to find the patterns, to find the regularity. Not that we even need it. It's not something that we have to have. Although there are certain aspects in your human design that may lend themselves to feeling more grounded, feeling more aligned, and easeful.

If you create some ritual some routines, depending on what your design is, and I just think for the human mind in general, it can be helpful to have the grounding of the aspects that do seem regular. And it also decreases the number of decisions you're having to make every single day and week and hour, which decreases decision fatigue, which also helps you have more energy and have more focus for the things that you actually wanna be putting your energy towards, so I do recommend it, but if aspects of regularity don't feel aligned for you, just throw it out. That's totally fine. So if you believe there are always some regularities patterns to be found, you will find them even just think about common household chores or tasks like laundry, eating, even repetitive tasks in your business.

Communication like checking email, phone calls like that, session times. You can also, if some of those aren't very regular right now, you can decide on purpose you want to create regularity in them. So, for example, laundry, you could decide every Thursday, I'm going to do my laundry unless I'm on vacation and then I'll do it right before, or right after eating.

There are so many aspects to eating that we could regulate and make common patterns around it. Around purchasing the food, eating the food, prepping the food, all the things. Communication. I teach this a lot where we block the communication together and batch it so that you're not splitting your focus by checking your email all the time throughout the day.

And you're able to only do it a couple times throughout the day. Clear your inbox and that's it. You're not having to be interrupted all the time by checking your inbox. Session times too.

Like you could have your clients schedule session times. At random times, I do that in my first package with my private clients, but then when they re-sign for a longer period of time, we find a day and time that can be the same.
And recurring for the rest of our time together.

So that creates regularity. And you can also decide, you know, I'm only gonna have sessions on these days and these times, so then that way you can also batch your sessions and be in the same head space and then not have to be going back and forth and having a lot of context switches, which I also would highly recommend.

So you have way more control over the regularity than you think you do. We could just go through your schedule right now and find all of the aspects that you think are irregular and we can make them regular.

What if you decided you were gonna go through all of your schedule and find the pieces where you want to make it regular and then let the rest of the irregularity go and know that you're a resilient human, and you're going to be able to flex your time and energy management skills in order to handle all of those that come up and of course they're gonna come up. And once you decide that you are going to accept the reality of plot twists and things coming up during the week, then it's not that big of a, a deal. So you can also refer to the anatomy of a calendar guide that I have for you. I will link that in the show notes.

It talks about how to start batching and grouping together your calendar in a way that's more regular. We're finding the common patterns and then creating a template really. So that every week when you plan your week, you have the template there and set, and it doesn't have to take so long to plan your week every week.

And we'll also talk about taking inventory. Of all of your time in the time inventory lab as well. So those two resources will be really helpful for you to take that to the next step. All right. So you're, you're accepting that your schedule is irregular. You're also finding the ways in which it is regular and increasing the regularity and routine where it would be really supportive for you.

And then finally this question. I'll remind us what the question is. This question, “how can I plan with an irregular schedule?” is making it sound like we're not necessarily planning for results and outcome. So if we're planning and the purpose of planning is what I was talking.

Earlier the purpose of planning and is being intentional so that we can get out of what we're doing, what we want, what results we want, if planning is for that purpose, then we're always going to be planning and creating those results.

No matter what day and time we're doing it, it doesn't matter if the schedule like seriously is different every single day, you work out. A different hour, every single day of the week, you sleep at very different times, which is not recommended for your circadian rhythm, but let's just say you had no control over it.

And your client sessions were all over the place. Like it doesn't matter that your schedule is like that in order to plan for results and results. Are both micro and macro results. So I want you to think of results in terms of, we talked about a very macro one earlier making money in your business, but then there are micro results that are creating that macro result.

So the, a micro result could be. The sales page is written. It's done that sales page is then gonna sell folks on your program and that's going to lead into that overall macro result. So for planning, for having the sales page done, and we break that down into a whole project and we time block it out. Or at least project manage it out and have it in project management system.

If you're not into using a calendar, which I would highly recommend using your calendar. But if you're doing that. Then it doesn't matter if you're if you have these blocks in your calendar that are kind of all over the place because you're still gonna find time that you're gonna have the copy drafted.

And then you're gonna have to review the design from your designer. And you're gonna like each of the steps to create that sales page. It doesn't matter if like this week, I have a client session on Tuesday at two, and next week I have a client session on Thursday at four, and it's different between the two weeks and, oh my gosh, it's irregular.

That's not a problem. If I'm planning for the result, I just decide where I'm going to place these results in the mini results. And the mini results are being the macro result. Regardless of the time of day, you can be strategic about creating the results. If you're intentional. But this is where awareness is really key and not just living life on repeat or living it completely without awareness or intentionality.

If we're just living it by default, then yeah. You're not gonna be creating the results that you want. Most likely if you hadn't been creating them from an embodied automatic place previously. So it's not their irregularity.

It's not that you can't plan. It's just that we need to start creating space for you in your schedule in your week to be intentional, to choose on purpose what you're creating.

And hopefully you're doing that from a clean place and also from an aligned place, making decisions. If you wanna be using human design, making decisions with your strategy and your authority. And things that are really supportive and feel good for you based on your design, but then using our decisions for what we wanna be an intentional about, and actually creating our schedule around it, rather than just waking up when we wake up and just stumbling into work and just kind of being completely checked out of our lives.

If that's the case, then yeah. You're not going to create what you wanna create. That's where awareness and intentionality comes in and you know, the inventory is really gonna help you with that. Inventory requires awareness. You're not gonna know that the thing in the pantry is expired, unless you take inventory of the pantry and you then will have all this other mindfulness for what is going on in the pantry?

What you've been eating, what you haven't been eating, how maybe you even wanna change the way in which you've been eating.

It's bringing lots of intentionality and awareness simply by surveying, looking at what we have in stock, in our pantry, the same thing with our time and energy, we can do the same thing. And I'm gonna walk you through that in the upcoming lab. So. Let's wrap it up.

Next time that you're thinking that you have an irregular schedule and it's not possible for you to plan or create the life or business that you see for yourself. I want you to check in with what I taught you. The first thing is irregular schedules are actually the rule, not the exception. The second thing is ask your mind to find the common threads and patterns in your schedule in this season.

Even if you have to create them for yourself out of life's basic rhythms and routines. Third is, require yourself to think of planning in terms of the outcomes you're creating. That way. It doesn't matter what calendar ingredients you're handed. You can craft the schedule in a way that produces whatever result you want with those ingredients.

If you wanna dive more into these specifics, I'd highly recommend joining me for the time inventory lab class coming up next week. If you missed the link the first time, head to the show notes to sign up at thelaurencash.com. That's thelaurencash.com/55 and I can't wait to see you there and also make sure you subscribe to the podcast, to The Ease of Hustle so that you don't miss an episode this season.

And I will see you or talk to you next week.
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