Stages of Schedule Disruption

  1. Denial – No, you can’t do this to me, I just got everything set up!
  2. Anger – How dare you mess up my carefully planned [whatever]. Who do you think you are?!?
  3. Depression – The day is a loss. The week is ruined. We’re doooooooomed.
  4. Resignation – Oh well. It’s out of my control. I can’t change it.
  5. Acceptance – It is what it is, so I’ll just rework everything else and go from there.

I am a creature of habit. I have my way of doing things, and once I get a pattern established, I like to stick with the pattern unless I choose to change. I do not respond well to being acted upon by an outside force/administrator/dispatcher/scheduler. Especially multiple redirections or deflections of schedule in a short period, all of which are caused by human action, not Forces of Nature. (Snowvid 21 was outside anyone’s control. “We’re moving the track meet to during the school day because parents want better light for photos,” is the sort of thing that harshes my mellow. [I exaggerate the reason, but I was still irked.])


13 thoughts on “Stages of Schedule Disruption

  1. Hey, it’s a good thing for outside interference to be so infrequent that you get to progress through this process!

    It would be much worse to be stuck in a Resignation loop.

      • Or even: “There will be a fire drill about half an hour before this week’s scheduled fire alarm test – but it will be slightly later than originally planned due to events out of our control.” (paraphrase of scenario that occurred earlier this month)

  2. I used to try to plan things and stick to schedules. Then I spent 13 years in the Army, and that taught me better. (Planning and scheduling are still important academic exercises, of course.) One year, my unit in Germany got a plaque at the Corps awards ceremony (to which we received an invitation the week after). One side declared us to be the best battalion in V Corps for adapting to circumstances and making things up as we went along. The reverse declared us to be the worst battalion at ever planning anything.

  3. Then the administrators say “Don’t worry, you can make up the lost time,” ignoring the other lesson plans that till need to be taught…

  4. I used to have a website called Project Management Central. This wa back in the early 1900 when I had to use raw html! I posted something like this back then – with the comment that step 5 really needs to be step 1 for a Project Manager, but if you achieved that you had surely also achieved oneness with the Universe……. 😉

    • I can easily believe it. I suspect there was a very good reason that the Serenity Prayer was used as one of the devotionals this week.

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