Time Blocking Might Change Your Life
I am self-diagnosed ADD (well really, I am self-diagnosed a lot of things, but for the sake of time we’ll just stick with that). I have a million things on my to-do list at any given moment. One distraction and my brain goes “squirrel!”
Am I alone here or do you feel me?
As I have started adding more and more projects to my plate, I have actually noticed my productivity going DOWN. I know that seems backwards, right?! I am the girl who cooks dinner and then stands in the kitchen drinking coffee staring at the dishes because I don’t know where to start. Insert what my life feels like right now.
So…I am in search of ways to fix this. I listen to books and podcasts on the regular and something that I keep hearing come up is this concept of “time blocking” or “time batching.”
Can I just interrupt this right now to tell you how funny this whole thing is to me…because my mother is literally the original productivity master. So, I guess you could say I’m turning into my mom.
Ok, back at it. If you haven’t heard of this time management concept here is how WikiHow describes it:
“Time blocking is a type of scheduling that can help you manage your time better. Instead of working by the clock, you can focus on finishing big and small tasks one at a time. This will help you limit distractions, get things done faster, and leave you less overwhelmed by lengthy to-do lists. To time block effectively, you’ll need to figure out what sorts of things you need to do each day, month, and year. You can then put a schedule in place and stick to it.”
Basically, instead of tackling a to do list with things that bounce all over, you group similar things together and set to accomplish them in a larger chunk of time instead of smaller bits more often.
Take today for instance. I knew that I had nice chunk of time while the girls were at school today where I could really get computer work done. Obviously I have other things I need to check off, but some of them I could easily do with the girls around! So, I set myself up to really hammer out computer work today. Write a few blogs (hey there), write and return some emails, and tidy up some other odds and ends. Can I just tell you I feel like I’m winning!!!
I put my phone face down so I wasn’t seeing notifications and got to work. I set a timer for how long I was going to work on my computer and then when it went off, I knew I could take a little break and check my notifications.
I’m still trying this system out and fine tuning what works best for me, but I just had to share with you!
As we go into 2019 and are going to be the biggest goal getters out there, efficiency is going to be key! I mean apparently Elon Musk and Bill Gates use time blocking soooo…..if the cool kids are doing it, they must be up to something right?!
What do you think? I say give it a whirl. Sit down, set a plan for your plan (yes friend this is where we are in life right now…hahahaha, but let’s own it!)