Today I’m sharing the time-blocking tips that made it easier to dominate my to-do list and find more time for family, friends, and “me time”. Time-blocking helps you to make healthier choices throughout your day.
Woah those are bold statements, right? Let me tell you, friends, time-blocking is the best productivity booster around. It streamlines your routine, increases efficiency, and makes everything a lot easier. And anyone can do it!
Let’s chat, and I’ll spill all the details.
First off, probably like you, I’m a busy parent who takes care of kids, a job, and a household. No time for slacking off. However, we also know it’s important to take of ourselves. Eat right (plenty of protein!), get enough sleep, and connect with family & friends.
Time-blocking allows you to be more productive, so you have time for both work and free-time. It makes it easier to achieve Little Wins™ throughout your day, which is good for your calendar and your spirits!
Here’s how it works:
- List off your priorities for the week–including any tasks on your to-do list. Divide them into categories, like “Work”, “Family”, and “Errands”. The whole idea behind time-blocking is to do similar tasks in blocks of time, so you stay focused and work more efficiently. If you batch tasks together, say cooking a few meals at once, or doing all your “office” tasks at the same time, you’re likely to get more done without the lag time of transitioning between activities.
2. Choose a block of time for each category of tasks. Maybe you run all your errands while the kids are at school, or you get up early to get a solid time block of work in before everybody else is up. Give some thought to what day/time makes the most sense for each group of tasks. For me, doing all my writing at once keeps me focused. I’ll work on that one day, and then dedicate another day to playgroups with my daughter, or cleaning the house.
3. Adjust as needed. It’s SO important to give yourself some free-time as you set up your calendar. Time-blocking is a strategy to increase productivity AND reduce stress. If you find yourself overbooked, then revisit step #1 take a good look at your priorities. Time-blocking is useful for scheduling work-time and free-time, so we get a better balance of both.
With time-blocking, I find myself getting more done, and achieving Little Wins, like getting more time to read with my daughter or finding time for a yoga class with friends. Try time-blocking, and watch your productivity soar!
Love the idea of time-blocking? Check out my *5* simple ways to get more done each day!
Or check out– Time-Block Your Day for Greater Efficiency