Do you schedule questions?
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Do you have questions?
What do you do with them?
Research the answer for yourself?
Write the questions down on a to-do list?
Let them float around in your head and risk forgetting about them?
But what if it’s the sort of question that can’t be answered right away and you have to wait?
Won’t you probably learn the answer if you just wait long enough?
Maybe, but what if there’s a penalty involved if you wait too long?
Do you risk missing a deadline (or an opportunity) or incurring a late fee?
(They could be questions for others, or for myself.)
Did my payment take effect?
This is usually when setting up auto-pay or making an important one-time payment.
Has so-and-so gotten back to me yet about such-and-such?
Decide how much time to give them, or ask them how much time they need, and then don’t forget to follow up!
This one question applies to a plethora of medical situations.
Do I want to renew or cancel my free trial (or paid subscription) which expires on fill-in-the-date?
I schedule this question a week in advance of the actual expiration date to give me a chance to do something about it.
I don’t like accidental, unwanted, automatic charges, but even if I get one, it’s always worth calling and asking for a refund (even if it’s prorated).
Has my package arrived yet?
If so, great! If not, I might need to track the shipment.
(There’s often no need to track shipments.)
Is it time to register for fill-in-the-blank? (class, conference, etc.)
Maybe I reserved the date on my calendar when I learned about it, but it was too soon to actually register.
Am I ready for fill-in-the-blank? (upcoming presentation, meeting, trip, etc.)
I often schedule this question on a Sunday when I usually have time to prepare for the upcoming week, if I haven’t already.
Why do I schedule questions?
So I don’t worry about the answers until it’s time.
In effect, I’m scheduling when to worry, so I’m not worried all the time.
Questions are not a lot different from reminders.
But even reminders need a little lead time.
There’s no point in scheduling “Payment Due” on the actual due date if you don’t also schedule when you will make the payment so that it reaches its destination on time.
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P.S. I don’t write out questions in full, grammatical sentences!
I write things like: “RENEW HBO?” Or, “SUSAN REPLIED?”
What kinds of questions do YOU schedule?
If you don’t schedule questions on your calendar, how do you remember them?
Please share with us in the comments below!
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