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Monday Motivation: Time Blocking

If you are anything like me, you are a busy lady. You have a career, kids, your own social life, and a desire (at some point during the day) for a little bit of quiet time. The question remains: How do we make all of that happen? Time blocking is your Godsend when it comes to productivity.

It’s not easy, and if you are flying by the seat of your pants simply hoping the day’s schedule is going to work in your favor, you are most likely going to have to kiss something goodbye. More often than that the item that you sacrifice is that item for yourself: the quiet time, the workout, the chapter of your favorite book.

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way!

The best way that I have found to manage everything and get it all done is through the implementation of time blocking and I do this within a planner. Personally, I need one that gives me a time block or each half hour in my day and my particular planner schedules me from 6AM to 10PM. These planners are everywhere from the very involved, to the very simple (found at Walmart). You can even use your Google calendar, color code your tasks, and setup notifications to come thru on your cell phone. I block everything off in time blocks for my career, my side business, and my free time and you know what? It works.

At first I hated the idea of having to schedule time to drive, or to read, or whatever. I would much rather just do what I want, when I want to do it. There comes a time in your life, though, where you have to admit to becoming an adult, having responsibilities/priorities and realizing that you are no longer a kid with everything taken care of for you (most likely). You are now the HBIC (head b!tch in charge) that needs to get your ass in gear and get your shit done – or else! Some people can do this without a plan – I am not one of those people. Time blocking has helped me to feel more balanced, successful, and permitted to have more freedom despite having to discipline myself with a time blocked schedule.

Within my planner I block out time for my business, for my work, for walking the dogs, for my workout, etc. and I stick to that schedule as best I can. Even with individual work tasks, everything gets a time slot. I might do closeouts during this hour, and account reviews during another hour. In the afternoon I might schedule an hour of training and then a two hour block for amendments to awards.  This helps me to know what is expected of me that day, during that moment, working on that project. When I cross everything off of my list for the day, I know I can leave my job feeling successful and I can tell you – this helps me to get it all done.

It’s not easy. It’s not easy being a mom. It’s not easy being a wife. It’s not easy being a key employee. It’s not easy running your own business. Life is not easy. But one of the things that we can all do to make it easier on ourselves is to learn how to properly manager our time.

How do you manage your busy schedule? I’d love to hear and potentially apply some new tips and tricks into my own productivity planning. Leave a comment below telling me how you get it all done!

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