The Benefits of Time Blocking
Do you ever feel like you need more time in the day? You may not be lacking time, instead you might need to put the right amount of time towards the things you need to do. I welcome you to try time blocking. Time blocking has benefited my work habits in so many ways, and could help you too.
Time blocking gave me the ability to gain a deeper understanding of what I am truly doing. This is because in order to block off the right amount of time to complete a task, you must understand how long the task will take, as well as how long you take to complete that task. This will take self-reflection along with trial and error in order to time block appropriately.
It takes true inner honesty with yourself to be able to understand how long a task will take you. It also takes discipline to be able to determine the time it takes for you to complete tasks without comparing yourself to standards that you think you need to meet. Be realistic and accepting of who you are and what you are taking on.
My favorite part of time blocking is the reflection. Being able to look back at completed tasks, creates a feeling of accomplishment, and serves as a reminder to celebrate every win. For the tasks that weren’t completed, or that took longer than expected, you now have a better understanding of the amount of time needed, where you can improve, or where you may need some assistance. Either way, there’s growth in the knowledge gained from time blocking.
- Write a list of tasks needed (Top important, bottom least important)
- Segment time needed to fully complete the individual task
- Complete tasks 1 by 1 without trying to multitask and limiting distractions
- Cross off, check, or mark the task once completed
- Review & celebrate all that you accomplished