As a dance teacher, I spend a lot of my time encouraging kids to practice. Practice makes perfect. Practice makes progress. Practice like you perform. We have all kinds of sayings to encourage our dancers to work hard and practice their craft. Why do we ask them to practice? Because we want them to do well, to be prepared, to be successful, to “win.” But here’s the thing, in any given circumstance, that child may or may not come out on top.
When it comes to scheduling, we all need to take a special course. For years, I have gotten tangled up in countless emails about potential times to talk, meet and / or work. Someone starts with a simple “Should we find a time to talk?” Two minutes later, “sure”. Then we get the “Wednesday is no good for me” from someone else. And it goes on and on, only to find a time that will have to be changed three days later when person X chimes in because that time no longer works for them. And the scheduling hamster wheel begins again.