I was so inspired by all the powerhouse working moms that I met at the last White Oak Creative Co Instagram Workshop – that I decided to write a piece on TIME BLOCKING!!
Time blocking is all about blocking off time for various activities in your day.
The best thing about time blocking is that I have stopped rushing around like a chicken with my head chopped off! 🐔 Ha!! 🐔 I now follow my time slots and stick to it as best I can.
This gives me the freedom to do the things I really love!
5 BENEFITS of TIME BLOCKING!
· Stops you from rushing around.
· Builds good habits and discipline to stick to a schedule & feel good about following it.
· Makes you uber productive.
· Creates space in your week to do things you love.
· Provides a feeling of relaxation knowing that your days/weeks, and months are in FLOW! 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊
TIME BLOCKING Steps are easy
1- Write down all fixed action items you do daily
-house hold chores
-workout times ( even if that means walking or going for a run 20 min min.)
-meditation ( even 5 min each day – or a few days a week)
-mom work time ( being and sitting with children nursing etc
2- Write down variable action items
-time solo ( massage, acupuncture, reading, etc)
-time with family
-time doing social activities
-time with partner
-time on social media - LOL! 👀
3. Decide on what time your day starts and what time your day ends.
Ex. If you want your day to end at 11. Then select 10:45-11pm as buffer time to complete any items left over from the day. Yet, as soon as 11pm hits, the lights go out! You can do the same for your morning wake up time Ex. Perhaps you want an additional 15 min for yourself in bed with a loved one before getting up 6:15-6:30am.
4. For this next part I use Google Calendar, but you can use any 7day time sheet.
Start to block off the items from #1. Then look for gaps in the schedule to block off #2 actions. Remember #2 items will change from week to week. For example, on the first Monday of every month you meet with your work colleagues for dinner. Lastly, add your start & end time blocks.
Eh voila! Now you have a full functioning time blocking plan.
5. Review how the last week went. Do you need more time for something? Is there anything that needs to change? Finally, copy the fixed items from the first week onto the 2nd week, 3rd week and 4th week until your entire month is complete. Pro tip:
**Fill in all the things you absolutely must do, (or perhaps don’t enjoy doing) in the first part of your day to get them over and done with!
**What time of the day do you feel more alive, awake and full of energy? If you know that that time is 10 am -12pm, then block off that time as “solo time”. No interactions, no meetings, no calls nothing happens except for you working on the most important things.
May this tool bring you free time and peace of mind!
Wishing you only the best in every way!
Andreia Horta, ND
Picture by: Karen Lau