The Schedule Assignment


• For each of your Box 1 and Box 2 relationships, ask yourself the question associated with the Fourth Test. If your answer is "yes" but it won't work for you to let the person know by the time this assignment is due, the person should be scheduled.

• The easiest way to do the schedule assignment is by making a database on your computer. If you're not familiar with databasing, though, you can do the assignment by hand, using notebook paper or typing paper. Either way, you need to set up the page so that it has three columns. The left-hand column should be labelled "WHO?," the middle column should be labelled "HOW?" and the right-hand column should be labelled "BY WHEN?" Be sure to use capital letters, and don't forget the question marks.

• In the "WHO?" column, list the people in Boxes 1 and 2 of your matrix who it's appropriate for you to let know that you're complete with them, but not by the time this assignment is due (which is 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3). For each of these people, list a method you'll use to let him or her know -- face-to-face conversation, phone call, letter, Christmas card, whatever you feel would be appropriate -- in the "HOW?" column. (Don't just put a Power Phrase here. That answers a question I'm not asking: WHAT words will you use? The question I'm asking here is HOW? How will you deliver the message, whether it's verbal or nonverbal?) Pick a date by which you promise to have let the person know, and list that date in MM/DD/YY format in the "BY WHEN?" column. The first acceptable "BY WHEN?" date is May 4, 2020, and the last acceptable "BY WHEN?" date is December 31, 2020. (It's okay to use the same method for more than one person, and it's also okay to use the same "BY WHEN?" date for more than one person.)

• Once this is done, you need to reorganize the data so that it's in chronological order, with the earliest date at the top of the "BY WHEN?" column. If you're working with a database on your computer, all you have to do is sort on the "BY WHEN?" column. Otherwise, you'll have to rewrite or retype everything in chronological order. (It may seem easier just to set the schedule up in chronological order in the first place, but it actually winds up taking more time that way. Your best bet is to start with the "WHO?" column and work your way across, then reorganize chronologically afterwards.)

• When the schedule is ready, print out a copy of it or take the original and put it someplace where you'll see it every morning: on the refrigerator or closet door, next to your mirror, on your desk. Once you've done that, go back to the matrix and check off all the names. Those people are handled: you've created completion in the relationships, you've taken a look at whether or not it's appropriate to let them know and determined that it is, you know how you'll let them know and by when. All you need to do now is stick to your schedule -- and you can do that!

• Then email the schedule to me. Remember, I don't open attachments. So you'll either need to cut and paste the information into an email blank or post it (like you did your Collage and Matrix) to a free photo-sharing website (such as www.photobucket.com) and send me the link. Be sure to use "CST 126 Student - Schedule" as your subject line and sign your email with your name tag name. The deadline for this is 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3. (So, if you want to earn full credit, you need to make sure you have at least 15 relationships listed on the schedule!)

• If you follow these instructions (including the correct headings -- with capital letters and question marks -- at the tops of the columns), you get 1 point for each relationship that's in proper chronological order. So, if you want to earn full credit, you need to make sure you have at least 15 relationships listed on the schedule! If there aren't at least 15 people it would be appropriate to let know that you're complete with them, you might want to consider whether or not it's appropriate for you to earn full credit for this assignment. If it is, that make make it appropriate to let some people know who, without the grade, it wouldn't be appropriate to let know!

• If you'd like to post your Schedule to the Schedule discussion board and comment on it, that's fine BUT NOT REQUIRED. Postings to the discussion board -- if they are substantive -- will count towards this week's class-participation grade.

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