Tell me if this sounds like you. Do you start on a particular task and then either get distracted, bored or overwhelmed? As a creative, it is easy to let emotion and energy dictate what, when and how I create. But then there are so many tasks left undone and others that are overly focused on. I hear you. It is hard to navigate being creative with being organized and productive. In this post, let me show you the solution I have found to balance the creative and the productive as I help you learn how to time block.
What is Time Blocking
Time blocking is blocking off a set amount of time for a specific task. Essentially what you do is take your task list or daily and plug them into slots of time that are short and manageable. Check out the post, How to Set Weekly Goals to start your list prior to plugging your tasks into a time blocking sheet.
I know for myself, I have six hours a day, four days a week that I am able to dedicate to my work from home job (creative entrepreneur; aspiring surface pattern designer and goal setting course creator). So start with the amount of time you have each day and how.
Learning how to time block is a way to stay accountable. Remember, when we write down our tasks or goals, we are forty percent more likely to follow through.
Start by writing down all the things that you do everyday without even thinking. These are things such as eating, daily chores and exercise.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Ask yourself when you best productivity times are. I know my window of most productivity is from 1 pm to 4 pm. I used to be a morning person but that has gradually changed as I have gotten older.
Because I become distracted easily, I set aside a short time block, like 10 minutes to fill up my Pinterest scheduler. This way I don’t get as distracted with scrolling through social media mindlessly.
I believe it is important to schedule smaller blocks of time rather than hours at a time. I like to work between 10 minute blocks and 1 hour blocks. Any time that is longer sets me up for failure as the distraction, boredom or procrastination set in.
When you are able to see that you can work through these short sprints of time, you give yourself the necessary boost to continue to be successful with your time. And because it is written down, you have built in accountability.
Daily Task List
My list of daily tasks comes from my daily and weekly goal trackers. Check out the Daily and Weekly Task Lists in the Goal Setting Freebies. Just input your email and click on the link you want and it will automatically download a printable PDF to your device.
Below is a blank copy of the Time Blocked Week Tracker and you can get your free copy in the Goal Setting Freebies.
If you would like to see an example of how I time blocked a week, click on the link below.
Even though I share a lot of freebies, I held back for years in starting to share because I feared failure. As creatives, you and I can be held back due to negative thinking. It might look like comparing your ability to others or not having the confidence to pursue your creative talent or putting your creations out into the world.
But what if you could change that? What if you could change your negative thinking to reflect your true ability?
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I hope you feel confident to take on the task of getting specific with your goals because of this post on how to learn to time block. Let me know in the comments your biggest struggle when it comes to completing tasks.
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Blessings from my house to yours,