Without attempting any . . . systematic employment of time, and carrying it out, so far as they can control circumstances, most women are rather driven along, by the daily occurrences of life, so that, instead of being the intelligent regulators of their own time, they are the mere sport of circumstances. There is nothing, which so distinctly marks the difference between weak and strong minds, as the fact, whether they control circumstances, or circumstances control them.
--A Treatise on Domestic Economy, Catherine E. Beecher, 1845
This is something that I am working on. I have such a hard time implementing a schedule between my lack of self-discipline and the changing needs of my son. But Red Chief and I need a schedule. We're both happier when we know what's going on for the day, even if it's only me making a list in the morning of things I want to accomplish.
How do you balance scheduling and spontaneity? How loosely or specifically do you schedule your day?