Do you struggle with getting things done? Do you sometimes feel like there are not enough hours in a day? If yes, then you should try Time Blocking. It is a productivity technique used by top business leaders and experts to manage time and get tasks accomplished.
Time blocking is simply a process of assigning tasks to specific periods (blocks) of time. During the designated time, you work on nothing but the tasks you have allocated for that time.
Time blocking is great for productivity because it helps you to focus your attention on a particular task and makes you bet against yourself to undertake and finish a set task. The biggest advantage of time blocking is that over time, it ensures that important tasks are given attention and nothing slips under the cracks.
As a busy business owner, you may find that your whole time is spent on operational tasks and not much on the business development side of things, which would result in increased business growth. With time blocking every important activity gets a piece of your time pie. This way you are not only working in the business but on the business as well.
Time blocking encourages you to make the most of every hour. Once you have accomplished a task, you will feel naturally motivated to do more.
Some important tips to keep in mind when using the time blocking technique:
- Determine how many hours you have to work in a day.
- Make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish and determine how much time would be required for each task.
- Using a hourly calendar, apportion time to tasks preferably in small blocks of time so you do not feel overwhelmed or fatigued on one task.
- Don’t try to do everything at once. Use Pareto’s principle as a guide. 20% of your tasks give you 80% of the results you want. Focus first on those ones.