Earlier this week a business colleague (& friend) was telling me how she is trying “time blocking” to better manage her tasks and activities. Time blocking is exactly as it sounds – certain periods of time and / or days of the week are devoted to specific activities. She had gotten the idea from a blog post she had read of an internationally-known marketing guru and business consultant.
I wanted to find the post and see for myself what he had to say. I easily found it and viewed the spreadsheet of his sample weekly schedule.
Let’s just say one more time (!) that the “runway does not equal reality”….Is it just expected that when one becomes an “expert” they lose any sense of living in the real world? That’s where I live and that’s where my clients live!
Three things about his schedule jumped out at me immediately:
The bottom line? While I absolutely advocate time blocking (especially using paper calendars!) – it must be realistic and capture your necessary tasks. Otherwise, overwhelm and frustration from unmet expectations easily take root.
The results of my friend time blocking her week? She reports an increased energy, less “feeling frazzled” and a stronger sense of purpose to approach each day. One certainly can’t argue with those results. I call them successful!
Question: Do you currently use a system to block your time? Do you think it could help you better manage life?
I have been using a time blocking sheet for about a month now and I really think it helps. It has helped make me aware of how I spend my time and if I am realistic about the things I do plan out. I fill out mine the night before my next day. I have issue with being on time for work and I realize by doing the time blocking I did not give myself enough time to do all the things I want to do in the morning. It does not mean that I get everything done that is on the list but being aware of all that there is to do and then prioritize them as to what really is important is the key!! And, it got me to take the Facebook App off my phone! 😉
Loving you in Dallas!! Katherine
Katherine sounds like you are reaping the benefits of time blocking – Good for you! I’ve found it also helps me be more realistic with tasks and time. When are you going to visit DC? xo