Schedule vs. Roster

By Jaxson

  • Schedule

    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, and a person responsible for making a particular schedule may be called a scheduler. Making and following schedules is an ancient human activity.Some scenarios associate “this kind of planning” with learning “life skills”.

    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. 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 human control. 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.

  • Schedule (noun)

    A slip of paper; a short note. 14th-17th c.

  • Schedule (noun)

    A written or printed table of information, often forming an annex or appendix to a statute or other regulatory instrument, or to a legal contract. from 15th c.

    “schedule of tribes”

  • Schedule (noun)

    A timetable, or other time-based plan of events; a plan of what is to occur, and at what time. from 19th c.

  • Schedule (noun)

    An allocation or ordering of a set of tasks on one or several resources. from 20th c.

  • Schedule (verb)

    To create a time-schedule.

  • Schedule (verb)

    To plan an activity at a specific date or time in the future.

    “I’ll schedule you for three-o’clock then.”

    “The next elections are scheduled on the 20th of November.”

  • Schedule (verb)

    To Mental Health Act.

    “whether or not to schedule a patient”

  • Roster (noun)

    A list of individuals or groups, usually for an organization of some kind such as military officers and enlisted personnel enrolled in a particular unit; a muster roll; a sports team, with the names of players who are eligible to be placed in the lineup for a particular game; or a list of students officially enrolled in a school or class.

  • Roster (noun)

    A list of the jobs to be done by members of an organization and often with the date/time that they are expected to do them.

    “The secretary has produced a new cleaning roster for the Church over the remainder of the year.”

  • Roster (verb)

    To place the name of (a person) on a roster.

    “I have rostered you for cleaning duties on the first Monday of each month.”

  • Schedule (noun)

    a plan for carrying out a process or procedure, giving lists of intended events and times

    “we have drawn up an engineering schedule”

  • Schedule (noun)

    one’s day-to-day plans or timetable

    “take a moment out of your busy schedule”

  • Schedule (noun)

    a timetable

    “information on airline schedules”

  • Schedule (noun)

    an appendix to a formal document or statute, especially as a list, table, or inventory

    “they need a clear schedule of fixtures and fittings”

  • Schedule (noun)

    (with reference to the British system of income tax) any of the forms (named ‘A’, ‘B’, etc.) issued for completion and relating to the various classes into which taxable income is divided.

  • Schedule (verb)

    arrange or plan (an event) to take place at a particular time

    “the release of the single is scheduled for April”

  • Schedule (verb)

    make arrangements for (someone or something) to do something

    “he is scheduled to be released from prison this spring”

  • Schedule (verb)

    include (a building or site) in a list for legal preservation or protection

    “Cowley Bridge has already been scheduled and protected as an ancient monument”

Oxford Dictionary

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