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Issue 17.3 ('XDC 2019')
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Structure, Schedule, and Systems

Be Productive and Effective

Issue: 17.3 (May/June 2019)
Author: Susan Fennema
Author Bio: Susan is the Chaos Eradicating Officer (CEO) of Beyond the Chaos (www.beyondthechaos.biz), a consultancy helping small business owners gain control of their lives through better processes, organization, and structure of their projects and business operations. As a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University, she has over 30 years experience in the software development, creative, marketing, and advertising industries. In 2016 and 2018, she spoke at XDC and enjoys being part of the Xojo community.
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Structure, schedule, and systems will help you make the most of your efforts. There is something about consistency that is soothing. Plus, if you aren't always thinking about what to do next or what you might be forgetting, your mind can be opened up to more creative thoughts.


Do you rush around every morning trying to make yourself presentable for work, getting the family—and yourself—out the door on time? Put some structure around those morning activities to prevent starting every day with heart-racing, frantic activity.

Start by jotting down what has to happen and who has to do it. Then, put a fairly accurate time estimate to each of those activities. Does it fit in your time window? If not, you need to either do some of those activities the evening before or get up earlier.

If you start the day with frantic energy, you've run out of energy before you even begin. Plus, you aren't able to share life. For example, you're too rushed to have a conversation with your son about his nervousness to present his first book report to his class.

Put structure into your morning to let the important things in. Suggestions are to choose your outfit(s) the night before. (This is especially important if you have a 14-year old daughter.) Know what everyone is having for breakfast. Load the coffeepot. Make lunches the night before—or make sure everyone has lunch money.

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