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?"

• 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. 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. 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 "BY WHEN?" date should in all cases be no later than 12/31/13. (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 three copies of it or photocopy the original. Put one copy 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!

• Put your name on the back of the second and third copies of the schedule on each page if it's more than one page long and bring them to class. One copy will not be returned to you I keep it in my files, so that you'll know that there's someone out there (me!) who knows what you said you'd do. The other copy will be graded: you earn 1 point for every relationship you've scheduled. (So, if you want to earn full credit, you need to make sure you have at least 15 relationships listed on the schedule!)

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