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It’s taken me forever to successfully use a planner. My best friend uses her like a bible. If we make plans, she’ll always reply, “It’s on the calendar!” – and for the longest time I didn’t get it.
2017 has been one heck of a year. With my full-time job, a full-time blog, and sometimes event planner – plus, we’re in the beginning stages of remodeling both bathrooms (more on that later). By May, I could tell I was not successfully managing my life, and anyone close to me could tell; I felt so incredibly busy all.the.time. I was overwhelmed, and snappy to those closest to me. Then I felt guilty for it all. I also felt run down, like I was just a sniffle away from getting sick. Once I start losing sleep, and stressing out, it doesn’t take much for me to get sick.
I regularly drink Emergen-C® in Tangerine. I swear by it to help keep me hydrated and pumped with Vitamin C, especially since life is busy and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. But when I was at Walgreens last month, my fave flavor was out, and I decided to try Emergen-C® Energy+ in Blueberry Acai. New Emergen-C® Energy+ is powder-packed with natural caffeine from green tea to focus my mind*; calcium, magnesium, potassium and other key nutrients to help replenish my body*; plus 7 B vitamins to fortify you and vitamin C for immune support.* <<< all the things I need, thankyouverymuch.
I like that Emergen-C® Energy+ is customizable. Adults can take one or two packets at a time. I generally drink one glass in the morning while I’m going over my day, and depending on my afternoon, I’ll mix a second packet.
So! Time Blocking – what is it? Time is our most valuable asset. With the proper management of our time, we can get anything done! I truly, really believe that. I had read a few articles about it, decided it was boring, and didn’t think about it again until last month when I legit almost had a meltdown over not being able to do it all.
I follow a motivational speaker who is always talking about how people aren’t using their time effectively and therefore aren’t achieving their dreams or living up to their potential. Instead of spending one hour each night on a business plan, for example, they’re watching tv or scrolling mindlessly on Instagram. << that was me at the end of the night. I felt like I needed a mental break and wanted to zone out.
My other biggest stressor in trying to be a more productive person was trying to accomplish a task, but without even realizing it, I was trying to accomplish other tasks at the same time, which made getting that original task done take THREE times as long!
How do you time block? I’m still very new at this, so if you practice time blocking, feel free to offer suggestions below!
+ MAKE A TO-DO LIST, BUT PRIORITIZE IT
At the end of your day, spend 10 minutes on making a to-do list for the next day. This could be a personal to-do list, a work to-do list, or a combination. Mine are usually a combo of both.
Then, prioritize this list. Pick a certain number that’s attainable (I like to select 5-6, anything more and I am setting myself up to fail) and mark those tasks as priorities. By marking them, this means that you MUST get these tasks done in the day – everything else is just an added bonus if you get to it. Now for me, I set those 5-6 tasks as priorities and then I give myself an additional 2 priorities on my personal list – so, a total of 7-8 tasks per day for me.
+ SET ASIDE TIME FOR YOUR TASKS ON YOUR CALENDAR: TIME BLOCK THEM
Now that you know exactly what you need to accomplish for the day, it’s time to set aside adequate time to accomplish those tasks. That means actively scheduling the time in your calendar (on your phone) and setting alerts in your calendar to let you know when it’s time to start. I like to set times for everything in my day, so the time blocking flows more. You’ll see the schedule below. To be honest, when I first started this, I thought it sounded boring and I felt like a control freak, but once I got into a routine, it helped me more than anything else I have ever tried to do.
I also recommend not time blocking for more than two hours at a time, because the more time you time block, the more ‘liberal’ you’ll be with your time.
This gets me in the habit of looking up random things online or scrolling through Facebook and/or Insta. “But I have 3 hours to do this tasks, it’s okay if I just check Instagram for a few minutes!” NO. Be realistic about your time blocks. If you know it’ll only take 20 minutes to do something, don’t allot 1 hour to that task – and if the project is much larger than time blocking can afford, break it up into segments.
Schedule the actual time in “blocks.” Your alerts should simply say, “EDIT PHOTOS” – exactly what the task is, and you should take no more than 3-5 minutes to wrap up what you were working on and start the next time block. If you let 10-15 minutes pass by as you finish up an e-mail or whatever, that time adds up to hours throughout the day.
My goal is to be done with all prioritized tasks by 7pm. Then I have time to plan the next day and do mindless things like scroll through my phone, binge on television with Jason, etc. I’m still trying to make working out a priority – especially yoga. On the nights I take a class, once I am home, I’m done for the night. No more working.
+ DURING YOUR SET TIME BLOCKS, DON’T DO ANYTHING ELSE
Life happens, and not every day will be perfect, but time blocking won’t work unless you actually block off the time. That’s why it’s called time BLOCKING. Stay away from distractions like opening new browser tabs, texting your mom back (as an example), etc.
We’re always so connected, and I get that. That is part of my problem. I have a hard time not replying to a message immediately, but you know what? Sometimes it can wait – this allows me to manage my time so much better and be THERE when it truly matters to the people that mean the most to me.
Putting myself in a weekly routine has helped me IMMENSELY! I cannot say it enough. I time block for meal planning, blogging, work meetings, cleaning. I actually have more time, less stress, and extra energy to focus on what really matters to me. I’m always going to be a work in progress – we all are! I hope this helps even just one person who felt like I have this year, trying to do it all.
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