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Unschedule – Anti-Procrastination Productivity System from Neil Fiore – The Now Habit

In The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, Dr. Neil Fiore writes about a time management tool he called the “Un-Schedule.” His premise is that many people procrastinate because they tend to put their own personal interests last and that makes them resent doing all the other stuff in their workaday lives. If you feel like you are procrastinating because of you’re not making time for yourself, an Unschedule can help you identify where your time is going and where you can find and prioritize time for “play.” After having used a printed version I found online several years ago, which Dr. Fiore also has a sample Unschedule and more description about it here, I created a digital version that allowed me to modify the Unschedule then reprint it as needed. I now use this template with my coaching clients to co-develop an Unschedule and work through procrastination issues together.

Here’s a video tutorial of using Unschedule and the template for you to use!

First, click here to open up the template then File >> “Make a copy…” to create a copy of this Google Sheets template. (Note: you must have and be logged into your own Google account to do this.)

Next, you can rename the template whatever you would like and I would recommend starring your new Unschedule so that it’s easy to retrieve later in Google Sheets. (You may also download this template for use in desktop spreadsheet software, like Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc.)

Finally, you can watch the video I’ve put together below, so you can get a feel for the system and how I’ve modified it for my own uses. Here’s to your productive life!

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6 Comments

  1. Cat Cat

    This is really great! Thanks Ray for sharing this.

    • Ray Ray

      You’re very welcome, Cat. Happy to be of service!

  2. Nam Nam

    It really works! I have been following the tips for the last 4 days and it has kept me on track every single day. My energy level has gone up and I stay motivated and focused all day. Thanks so much for this wonderful resource Ray!

    • raysidneysmith raysidneysmith

      So glad this is working so well for you, Nam!

  3. Ralf Fischer Ralf Fischer

    Excellent tool and video

    • raysidneysmith raysidneysmith

      Thanks, Ralf! I hope it works for you in practice. Please circle back with questions.

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