As an alumni of Tungle, scheduling is near and dear to my heart. I live and die by my schedule and am efficiently scheduled weeks in advance. But with the Tungle service closing on Dec. 3 I’ve decided to rethink the pros and cons of such rigid scheduling.
Life as a VC is series of calls and meetings. In between, you try and keep up with email and try harder to carve out time for other value add activities. When I look at my schedule on Sundays there is often precious little blank space in the coming week.
The issue with this is that I live in a dynamic, fast-moving World. Shit happens. Issues come up. Hot opportunities come across my desk. I have seen situations where it’s taken 3 weeks from an intro to a meeting. That’s crazy and is a result of my being overly rigid on scheduling.
So, beginning next month (since it takes a while for the current system to unwind), I’m trying something new. When I get intros and meeting requests, I’m going to try and be more agile. No rigid schedule. No scheduling 2 -3 weeks in advance (other than board meetings). If something’s a priority, I’ll make it happen right away. If it’s not, then I probably shouldn’t be having that meeting anyway.
My plan is to set my schedule for the week on the Sunday or Monday am. Still leaving open space each day for things that come up. Nothing bugs me more than having to delay helping solve a portfolio issue because I have rigidly scheduled meetings with other companies or people that are not (yet) part of the Real family.
I’d love to know what works for you. How do you maintain maximum flexibility in your schedule?