Time Map Examples – Working Mom

Laura is a working mom who usually wakes up at 4:30 AM during the working days. After the morning rituals, she gets ready to drive to work. She arrives at work at 7 AM. At noon time, she gets a lunch break for an hour. She usually uses this one hour to make personal calls, make appointments if needed, or catch up with hubbies. She, then, leaves work at around 3:30 to pick up the kids from school. 5-6PM is usually the cooking time. After family dinner and kids bed time rituals, she uses 8-9:30 PM to watch a movie, catch up on emails, talk with her husband, etc. She uses Sunday afternoons for family projects and hubbies. She decides to create multiple Time Maps to make the best of her time during her work hours, lunch breaks, and Sundays:

Laura spends a lot of time in meetings at work. She also spends a lot of time on the phone with clients. Nevertheless, she wants to schedule blocks of time for concentrated work during the week. She picks eight hours on Mondays and Wednesdays for concentrated work. She realizes, though, that unavoidable interruptions, or shifting priorities may prevent her from following a strict schedule. So, she marks Thursdays with some yellow times. Essentially, what this does is to instruct SkedPal to do its best to schedule her tasks for concentrated work on Mondays and Wednesdays. But, if a task must be completed before a certain due date, and the green hours on Mondays and Wednesdays are not available for this task, use the yellow hours on Thursday to schedule this task. She has also marked a couple of hours on Friday mornings as the last resort if nothing else works!

She has also created Time Maps for doing tasks related to her professional development, a special one for getting random tasks during her lunch breaks, and another for her Sunday family projects/hobbies.

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