Why a Consistent Schedule May Not be Necessary

Nearly two years ago I made a post about why keeping a consistent schedule is productive. I still do believe that it does and that is a goal that we should strive to. However, I do want to emphasize that we all have different life situations and at some points in our life, it may not be necessary to have a consistent schedule. In fact, there are several reasons why you either may not be able to have a consistent schedule or it is not practical to have one.

  1. You work a job with inconsistent hours. When you have a job with different hours from day to day and week to week, then it may not be possible to have a consistent schedule. In this case you do your best to be as productive as possible.

  2. You have kids. If you have kids, for the most part you schedule will be more dynamic and and not always consistent. I don’t have kids of my own, but can imagine that this is a good reason to not have a consistent schedule.

  3. You don’t work well with schedules. You may not like schedules. Maybe for you a schedule is counter productive. If that is the case and it’s working, keep doing what you are doing.

  4. You are in an unique life situation. Sort of like I am right now, where my schedule can vary from week to week. Whenever there is a large variance from one week to the next, it may not be beneficial to make a consistent schedule. 

The main takeaway that I want you to take away here is that there is not always a need to have an extremely consistent schedule. If you are in a situation as such, it may still be a good idea to have some routines that you stick to, even if the actual time each day varies.