LEARN | TWELVE, JULY 2019
Time. It can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy, it’s all a matter of how you look at it.I’ve often found myself struggling to find the time to get things, both professional and personal, done. At some point or another, we’ve all said to ourselves “if only there was more time in a day.” Well, I have some good news for you, sadly it’s not that I’ve found a way to magically add more hours to our days, but I have implemented the idea of time blocking into my personal and professional life and guess what?! IT REALLY WORKS!!
What is time blocking one may ask... Well, time blocking is just what it sounds like, you literally add blocks of times in your calendar to get things done. Instead of working by the clock, you can focus on finishing big and small tasks one at a time. To time block effectively, you'll need to figure out what sorts of things you need to do each day, week, month, and even year. The more you have to work with, the better. By having a big picture view of your goals and plans, you’ll be able to better tell how long you’ll need to spend on different things.
There are several routes you can take with time blocking. You can literally carve out time for each and every single activity in your life, or you can - in my opinion, more realistically - carve out blocks of time for specific tasks along with blocks of time for more general things. We all need some buffer time because it wouldn’t be the 21st century if we didn’t have to put out a figurative fire at least once a week. If you'd like to learn more, check out our Case Study that focuses on how we helped another client effectively implement the Strategic Coach® Entrepreneurial Time System:
With time blocking, you need to keep an open mind. One way of blocking may work for me and it may not work for you. The fun in time blocking is being able to test it out and really find what works for you in your own life. With that being said, this is a general overview of what works for me and what I try to stick to on a weekly basis. Keep in mind, my actual calendar goes into more detail, this is just my general template that I have found works well. For example, my daily “Email and calendar checks for all client’s” is blocked in my calendar in 30 minute incriments for each client.
I can honestly say that I have found myself less stressed and irritable since I have been time blocking. I am getting my top priorities taken care of and I’m not seeing things slip through the cracks. I was hesitant at first as it did take a few months of trial and error, but I am so glad that I stuck through it. Whether you dive head first into time blocking and carve out each and every single minute of your life or just do a few blocks for a few hours a day, I promise you, you WILL see yourself getting more things done. Let’s be real, who doesn’t absolutely love feeling like they crushed their day by hitting all of their goals? Ready, set, go time block!
Contributed by our Team Member, Gennipher