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A volunteer adjusts the schedule board at Wikimania 2007. The board indicates the times and locations at which events will take place, thus assisting participants in deciding which events they can attend.
A train schedule informs travelers of the trains going to various locations, and indicates the times of departure.
Hours of operation posted at a FEMA office following a disaster inform the public of when FEMA employees will be available to assist them.
A weekly work schedule indicates which employees of a business are going to work at which times, to ensure the effective distribution of labor resources.

A schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the chronological order in which such things are intended to take place. The process of creating a schedule - deciding how to order these tasks and how to commit resources between the variety of possible tasks - is called scheduling,<ref>See Hojjat Adeli, Asim Karim, Construction Scheduling, Cost Optimization and Management (2003), p. 54.</ref><ref name= "Zwikael">Ofer Zwikael, John Smyrk, Project Management for the Creation of Organisational Value (2011), p. 196: "The process is called scheduling, the output from which is a timetable of some form". </ref> and a person responsible for making a particular schedule may be called a scheduler. Making and following schedules is an ancient human activity.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Some scenarios associate "this kind of planning" with learning "life skills".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Schedules are necessary, or at least useful, in situations where individuals need to know what time they must be at a specific location to receive a specific service, and where people need to accomplish a set of goals within a set time period.

Schedules can usefully span both short periods, such as a daily or weekly schedule, and long-term planning with respect to periods of several months or years.<ref>Dennis Coon, John Mitterer, Psychology: Modules for Active Learning (2007), p. 7.</ref> They are often made using a calendar, where the person making the schedule can note the dates and times at which various events are planned to occur. Schedules that do not set forth specific times for events to occur may instead list algorithmically an expected order in which events either can or must take place.

In some situations, schedules can be uncertain, such as where the conduct of daily life relies on environmental factors outside of human control.<ref>Compare some aspects of hunter-gatherer society: {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> People who are vacationing or otherwise seeking to reduce stress and achieve relaxation may intentionally avoid having a schedule for a certain period of time.<ref>Kelly Turner, "Health Nut: Working out on Vacation", OutdoorsNW.com (2014): "Traveling is all about packing a bag and setting out on an adventure with no itinerary, no appointments and no schedule. Vacations are a time to relax and take a time out from your daily responsibilities".</ref>

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