So many people collapse the distinction between planning their time and accomplishing their tasks.
The fact is, they are two different skills and different parts of the brain are responsible for each of them.
The human brain has many parts and each is responsible for different things. Follow this quick primer in brain physiology:
The cerebrum is divided into two equal halves called hemispheres and controls our thoughts and actions. This is what is referred to when someone is deemed ‘left-‘ or ‘right-brained’. Each hemisphere is responsible for different functions.
The Cerebrum It is the largest part of the brain, located in the forebrain, and consists of four lobes.
- The frontal lobe assists us with problem solving, movement, planning, reasoning, parts of speech and emotions.
This is where PLANNING skills reside. This area is what must be stimulated for adequate scheduling to occur. Note that this area is usually more developed in females.
- The parietal lobe is responsible for recognition, movement, orientation and perception of stimuli.
This is where the ACTION and physical coordination take place for executing tasks.
- The temporal lobe controls memory, speech and perception of auditory stimuli.
- The occipital lobe controls our sense of sight. The neocortex accounts for the largest part of the cerebrum. This six-layer structure is responsible for higher information processing.
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Time is planned and tasks are executed within the time you’ve planned. Each requires different tactics, and they are different skills. Scheduling is a planning activity and requires time to accomplish it. Working tasks without first planning your schedule may be a recipe for disaster, especially if you have several tasks to manage at one time.
Take some time to plan first, then focus on executing! Scheduling is a must to help you manage all the details.
Do you have any tips and tricks for planning and scheduling? How do you manage it all? Please share your planning and scheduling tips and tools in the comment box below!
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