Time Blocking – Get More Done in a Day

Many people feel that they just never have enough time in a day to get all the things they’d like to done.  There are whole programs available to teach these individuals how to be more productive, use there time more wisely or focus on the important things.  Here’s one idea I’ve adapted that I find works wonders for me.  However, the best program is the program you will actually use.

Time Blocking

Time blocking consists of scheduling chunks of time for the most important activities you have to do each day.  The idea is to make sure that you have enough time to do the high priority items on your todo list each day.  It is a very simple, step-by-step process.

  1. Create your ToDo list.  Write down everything you feel you would like to or need to accomplish in a given time frame.  We’ll work on one day.
  2. Evaluate your day and determine what are your personal peak production hours.  Those hours in the day when you are at your best for getting certain things done.  For example, I know that I write well in the mornings and evenings but not in the afternoon.  Afternoons are ideal for meetings or physical activities for me.
  3. Get a calendar that has the day broken down into 30 minute or less chunks.
  4. Begin to schedule your high priority items in the personal peak production time slots.
  5. Allow for plenty of time to complete each task.  I pad the times and then use the extra time that may be left over to catch up on my social media activities or making a quick call before the next time block begins.
  6. Once the important tasks are scheduled during those peak production hours, you can begin filling in the rest of the schedule with less important tasks to round out the day.

There are a few points you should remember when time blocking.

  • Schedule personal time to relax and recharge.
  • Schedule time to plan your next day..
  • Be flexible. The schedule is not written in stone.  Stick to it as best you can but don’t beat yourself up if you have to deviate.

Nicole Bandes

Nicole has scaled her own personal mountain to climb out of ordinary. For over 20 years, Nicole Bandes has studied the most effective methods to increase happiness and success in her own life and in business. She has gone on to helped thousands of people in their own personal journeys to reach their goals. Contact Nicole if you are ready to stop being ordinary and have a guided tour to reach your summit of success.

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9 Responses to “Time Blocking – Get More Done in a Day”

  1. As a single mom and a gal who works three part time offline jobs in addition to my online biz, “Flexibility” is my middle name, Nicole!

    Really great idea to “pad” your time — especially for those of us who reside in condos and have to take several breaks to escort our pets outdoors. :)

    Thanks for the rock solid tips,
    Melanie

  2. Nicole Bandes says:

    Thanks Melanie! Padding is really the best way to avoid feeling overwhelmed. You don’t end up behind and constantly playing catch up as much!

  3. Thanks for the tip! It provided me the motivation to work with my time and energy better.

  4. Chris says:

    Great and simple steps that yield excellent results Nicole! I especially appreciate scheduling personal time… I seem to leave that to, “if I have time”…smile

  5. Nicole Bandes says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your comments. Taking time for ourselves is critical to recharging our batteries and being able to give our best all week long.

  6. Hi

    Thanks for your article.

    Your comment “that one must understand one’s own peak times” is very very important. Needless to say we cannot be sure if we can do important work in that period – that’s where flexibility comes in.

    Regards
    Andy

  7. patricia says:

    Great Post, easy, clear, for all busy people!
    Interesting when this work on” time” is done for several weeks, how the automatic pilot does this for us after a while!
    Reagrds,
    Patricia

  8. Nicole Bandes says:

    Thanks Patricia! Yep, it’s all about habits!

  9. [...] simply look at my schedule and see what I could move around.  That is one of the great benefits of time blocking and one of the reasons I highly recommend it to all of my life and business coaching [...]

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