Something had to change with my productivity. And it wasn’t that I was really trying to do too much.. I’m pretty careful about my commitments. The problem was in my approach.
You see, I tried to do a little bit of everything each day. Especially around my business – work on a blog post, then work on a newsletter for a few minutes, then answer some emails, then create a graphic… the list went on and on.
I had heard about time blocking and applied it to my days, but it was time to take it a step further. I needed to set up blocks for my work and batch what I could.
The first week went great. I was hooked. I felt less stressed and more productive.
So here are some of the biggest benefits I’ve found from time blocking my day.
Smaller focus each day
Less to worry about = less stress.
Instead of trying to do lots of things throughout the day (work-wise, anyway) I just plan 1 to 3 items and the batch as much as I can.
For example: On Wednesdays, my work blocks include video, graphics, and emails.
Increase in productivity
It’s well known that multi-tasking is actually terrible for productivity.
But I didn’t realize until I applied it how much batching tasks increases productivity.
Another example coming from my business would be social media. Now, I don’t want to totally automate this – I want to be present for interaction throughout the week. But what I can automate, I do.
In my groups and on my page some of my posts are scheduled ahead of time for a week in advance. I do this all on Mondays and it saves me SO much time throughout the rest of the week.
I’m free to respond to comments and questions without worrying about what I will post next.
Ability to be more present
Another great benefit to time blocking has been the ability to be more present in whatever I’m working on.
It was mental overload for me to have so much going on each day – with the smaller focus it has been freeing mentally. And with that freedom, I have an easier time being fully present in whatever I’m doing – whether that be working on my business or spending time with my family.
Though my time blocking system isn’t perfect. (It won’t ever be.) It will need tweaking depending on what is going on each week or day, not to mention what season of life I’m in at the moment.
But I’m SO glad I jumped into time blocking. It has already proven to be one of the best time management decisions I’ve ever made.
So, tell me: Do you time block your days? Have you seen a benefit in your life?