Time blocking to boost productivity

Time blocking sounds quite fancy, but it is honestly just creating blocks of time to get things done. Sound simple? Yes, it really is that simple!

I first started time blocking when I was at university. I studied Graphic Arts and I loved doing anything creative. However, when it came to having to write essays I struggled as I didn’t find it interesting. I used to try and write an essay but would constantly be distracted by other things. This is why I started time blocking, it seriously helped to boost my productivity.

For example, if I was writing an essay; I would set a block of time (usually 30 minutes) and in those 30 minutes I would write as many words as I could with no distractions. I would move my phone to the other side of the room so I wasn’t tempted to start browsing social media. Setting a timer on my phone for 30 minutes allowed me to keep track of the time and once the timer went off I would allow myself a 10-minute break to do something else. It’s amazing how setting a timer can completely shift your mindset and help you get things done.

How to make time blocking work 

  • Focus on smaller blocks of time – I usually find 30-minute blocks work best. If you don’t finish the task you can always take a 10-minute break and then set another time block to continue.
  • Reward yourself with breaks – A lot of the time you will use time blocking for those more boring tasks like cleaning the kitchen and hoovering the house. Allowing yourself 10-15 minutes between time blocks gives you something to work towards and will help increase your productivity.
  • Plan your time blocking in advance – At the start of the week or the day before, write a list of what you need to get done and allocate time blocks. Having a structure to your week will keep you on track for getting everything done.
  • Prioritise tasks – Some tasks are urgent but others aren’t. Make sure you’re prioritising those important tasks to get them done.
  • You don’t have to time block every hour of the day! – Remember use time blocking in a way that works for you. I don’t feel the need to block out every hour of my day. I may just block out 2 hours (4 x 30-minute slots) to get 4 tasks done. The rest of the day I’ll just take as it comes.
  • You can always time block treats as well – As I said, I only use time blocking for boring chores and also for things that I really need to focus on (such as writing blog posts). However, if you want to time block your whole day that’s ok. Why not block out 30 minutes for reading a book and 30 minutes for a pamper evening! Treat yourself, you deserve it!

What tasks do you like to time block? Let me know in the comments below.




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