Take Control of Your Time!
Thursday, January 18, 2018
by: Rob Black, GCFP

Section: Professional Develpment




Too often we practitioners dissipate our value and energy by being available many hours of the day, many days a week -- in the mistaken belief that we are meeting the needs of our students. If you were to look back at a month of bookings and contract them to the time you made yourself available, you would likely see that your students group into predictable time patterns. 

If you are not sure how to effectively organize your appointment time, here is a short process that allows for some real magic. First, look at your usual number of appointments per week. (Whether you see 5, 10, 25, or 50 students, there is a way for them to be apportioned in ways that fit.)

Next, create a weekly schedule on paper: Make a table with 8 columns. Label the first column “time,” followed by the days of the week, like this:

 
time Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun


Choose the time you prefer to start seeing students in the morning, say 9:30 am. Then, decide how many hours after that you will work, maybe 5. So it might look like:
time Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
9:30 am
10:30 am
11:30 am
2:30 pm
3:30 pm



Then, ask yourself three questions:
1. How many sessions can you do in a row - with quality attention?
2. What times are you best?
3. What times do you want to reserve for other things -- family, meals, playing..?

With the answers to these questions, create a weekly schedule on the chart and:
1. mark off the priority personal/family times.
2. mark which times you can provide quality service.
3. mark which of these quality service times can fit your usual number of sessions.

With these three steps, you have created the time you need for your life, and the time you can be available to be your best for your clients/students.

Rob Black, a practitioner in Calgary, Canada, has volunteered in many roles within the Feldenkrais community, locally and internationally, starting in 1994, including starting and editing the first 12 issues of SenseAbility. Other areas of interest include connecting practitioners with low-cost technology and using technology to increase the ease of developing and maintaining a practice, hence this article!
 
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