Your calendar is only for your promises

How important is the calendar in our life? Some people say a lot some say not that much. Throughout my experience, I realised that my calendar is my buddy. It is all about my promises with myself and the people around me.

The last 5 years I am using a stress free productivity system called Getting Things Done, GTD in short, by David Allen. After I read his book I realised that we cannot manage time but we can only manage space. Managing space in our minds and our environments mean becoming organised enough that we can live with a freedom in our choices. In GTD the calendar is just a place where we put everything that we have to be aware of our promises.

So as you probably understand our today's topic is about productivity and specifically, our calendars. I thought is a good idea sharing this experience with you.

What should go on your calendar?

On your calendar you should only have your promises. That could be a meeting, an event you said you will attend, a quick note/reminder of what you should have in mind, your deadlines and promises you gave to yourself about doing for you.

How do I manage this?

My clients ask me too often, if I do this, what I should be doing when my time on my calendar is empty? and the answer is very simple. If you processed your incoming information (your todo list) correctly then all the rest items should be correctly placed in other lists in your organisation system, which will rise up according to the moment and will give you the freedom of choosing what to do next, base on the location, tool and environment you are in at the specific time.

That is the main reason I suggest to everyone to read that book, get trained or ask someone who is using it and engage to the GDT methodology. All you need is to understand the methodology and start using the right tools of your choice. As an example of a list manager that you can use and build it on this method is todoist. Any other list management is ok.

How often should I check my calendar

Your calendar should be your buddy. You should live with it. You need to be aware of what's coming up next for today, tomorrow, the next week, month etc.

The best way to do this is to create a habit for running your day using your calendar and your lists. At the same time it is very important that you check what's coming up next every day, every week and every month.