Time Blocking

Time Blocking

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Our life coach columnist talks about an important tool in her efficiency toolbox — time blocking — and how it helped her go from busy to productive. 

There are so many things to do and get accomplished in the day. You feel overwhelmed and plead for a solution to allow you the freedom and sanity to be able to get it all done!

As someone that has struggled in the past to be organized and get my to-do list completed by the end of the day, I discovered some really good ways to breakdown the list and be more productive and less busy.

Time Blocking. Have you heard of it? Time Blocking is a type of scheduling that can help you manage your time better to get big task done.  And it can also be helpful in just planning your day to be less busy and more productive.

This was my answer and solution not only for myself but for others that I coach. The struggles with getting things done requires motivation and creativity along with a plan. Time block allows for assigned time to specifically focus on the task at hand.

It may look like this — the first hour of your day is about your morning routine. Then what happens? You identify the 2-3 things you must do that day.  Decide each time block you will use to accomplish each task.  

So, if it is grocery shopping you block out the time including the travel and putting the grocery away; say two hours.  This looks like 11 am – 1 pm which includes the driving time, shopping/pick-up, return home, put away in that two-hour window.  Bonus: if any time is left then do something for you.  Sit for a moment and listen to a podcast or YouTube message or pick up a book and read.  

Something that brings you joy because it’s a bonus you have time to do that for YOU.

A twist is the perfect pairing.  I’ve added to my time blocking pair things together.  Not multitasking in the sense that you think but a way to find the perfect pairing with a task.

For instance, in daily activities that include cooking dinner, getting your morning coffee or brushing your teeth, do squats or leg lifts to add some extra fitness moves. This ma ybe all the physical activity you get in for the day but look how it offers “something” on your fitness plan that feels good.

Perhaps while driving you can turn on your voice recorder on your phone and do a brain dump of your grocery list, your to-do’s, a story you want to remember and reflect on more.

Now, go and do some time blocking and be creative with pairing your activities, you’ll be more productive and less busy. 

Melissa Kirkpatrick
Melissa Kirkpatrick is a Transformational Coach and Motivational Speaker. She’s been featured in Cincy Magazine , CincyChic online magazine and is the author of the impactful self-help book “5 Steps to Your Own D.R.I.V.E.” Melissa offers one-on-one services, motivational speaking and hands-on workshops, allowing individuals and teams to shift their drive from stuck to unstoppable. To learn more, visit http://www.findyourowndrive.com or email missy@findyourowndrive.com.