The Art of Making (and Not Making) Plans

Coaching of 22 October 2016 delivered by: Suzana Gurvitz
Document Submitted to the site by: Suzana Gurvitz
Adapted for coaching from: By VERENA von PFETTEN  OCT. 15, 2016

Adult life is full of commitments: bills to pay, family to see and a job you probably have to show up for. But in a world where many of us complain of being overscheduled, there’s something uniquely depressing about having no control over the time once quaintly called “personal” and “free.”

A recent study by the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis found that scheduling leisure time with friends — for movies, drinks, bike rides — can make these otherwise enjoyable activities feel like chores, which is often why we cancel them.

The New York Times covered the culture of plan-canceling as early as 1986. The topic has more recently been given new life thanks to the advent of efficient if impersonal modes of communication like text message and email.

But if technology has made bailing on commitments too easy, how about a radically different approach? Make fewer to begin with. Read more

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