How is your planning and scheduling going during this very surreal year? I wonder if people have needed to plan less and journal more? Have calendar sales dropped?
I normally work out in the field 95% of the time. I carry my paper planner with me everywhere to jot down notes and record bookings. When I get home, I synchronise the bookings with the online record system that handles our invoices and payments.
During the spring, I worked almost 95% of the time at home, so I didn’t rely on my paper calendar as much for lists, notes or bookings. When I went out it was for personal reasons so I carried a small bag and no calendar.
Now things are really complicated. My students are all alternating between Skype/Zoom/Teams and face-to-face. Sometimes they alternate on the same day (one online lesson and one face-to-face lesson), or they change their platform at the last minute. I need to note this and – even harder – remember it in a sea of other bookings and changes. I have to remember to send out or cancel online meeting invitations.
Most of my groups have been disbanded and each student has been allocated 1:1 hours. I need to keep a running total of these hours.
All in all, I am finding things exhausting, so I need to remember to keep looking in my calendar and to record everything, no matter what.