Time blocking as become popular in recent years. I do love the concept of it. Quite often, in order to get things done, it takes focusing on the task that needs completed instead of wishing for time to open up.
I have had this problem for years. Time blocking is a recent thing I have started adding to my day and it has helped immensely. However, I use time blocking a little differently than most other people.
I set aside time to work instead of setting aside specific project time
Part of my introduction to time blocking was this idea: set aside one block of time for writing, one block of time for editing, one block of time for cleaning, etc. I just can’t do that. I don’t think my brain is wired that way.
I have a hard time telling myself that a specific time block is for a specific project. I write from home and I have to have quiet time to get more of my writing done. However, I like to set aside time in general and then work from there.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t have a plan. I will plan out my day for what needs to be done. This way, when I sit down during my designated work time, I already know what needs to be done.
I don’t assign time for specific projects. Most of my days are chaotic and time consuming. So when I do have time, I don’t want to just set aside a whole time frame for one project.
I like the concept of time blocking, but I work with it from the point of view of setting aside time to work. I have a hard time telling my brain that work for a project needs to be done at this time. I have an easier time doing that if there is a deadline. For projects that need to be done, but I can push them back a day or day, it’s very hard for me to focus.
So, this is my time blocking idea: set aside one hour for work. When that hour comes up for me, I will already have a list of what needs to be done and I will go down the list by what is most important. Some of my tasks are small and can be done in a few minutes and some tasks take days to complete.
I plan out blocks of time
I plan out time batching via what is super important and needs to be done immediately and what I want to get done by the end of a certain time or date. Those things need to get done as soon as possible and I don’t like to forget about them.
Once the important events are out of the way, I can focus on items that don’t necessarily have a due date or need to get done immediately, but still need to be completed.
For my version of time batching, I set aside a time period, usually 1-3 hours, sometimes less. Since I already know by that point what needs to get done, I will spend that specific period of time working on those projects first. If I have time left over, I don’t stop unless something else needs my attention (dirty diaper, food demands, bathroom breaks).
I find that once I get into the zone of working within that time period, I find that my mind is focused and I don’t want to interrupt that.
So, I do find blocking out periods of time for work to be VERY productive. I love the concept. I have just tweaked it to fit my style of working and my lifestyle with all of the fun of working from home.
Do you use time blocking? How has it helped you? Let’s talk below!