For me, September is a mini ‘new year’ start. It probably harps back to the new school and college terms and having to say goodbye to lazy summer days and doing whatever you wanted. So with that in mind, I thought it might be a good time to share with you a ‘revolutionary’ thing I have recently done.
A very organised [but unhappy] person…
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Wedding Planner and by nature a very organised person. That said it doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes struggle with my workload or the very many time zappers that exist on and offline.
Over the past year, as my business and life have gotten incredibly busy I had this increasingly overwhelming panic that I had time for nothing. Some days I was at breaking point. There just seemed to be no time to do anything; either personally or professionally. I felt like a headless chicken running around aimlessly and I knew something was going to have to give.
Couple that with that fact that I really wasn’t happy at all.
Sound familiar ? I am sure I am not alone !
So if you’ve not already guessed, from the title, my revolutionary thing is Block Scheduling… in this video, I explain in detail what is block scheduling, how I use it in my working day and below you’ll find my top tips to creating your own block schedule.
[ Ok, so it’s not that revolutionary but it has helped a great deal ! And it can have a major effect on your life too 🙂 ]
My 9 Top Tips to creating your own Block Schedule
- Set aside a block of time, with no interruptions to think about your day/ schedule/life/ priorities and tasks.
- Decide on what type of block schedule you’re going to make, an all-encompassing one, a weekly one, a monthly one, a weekend one, a professional one or a personal one.
- Make a list of all the different types of things you have to do and would like to do in your week. It’s important to really think about things you would like to do too.
- Look at the list you’ve made and rank the tasks/ things you have to do and want to do in order of priority. This will give you a clear focus for how to divide out your time.
- Decide in what increments you want to divide your time. For me, hourly increments worked best but you might decide to mix it up a little !
- Looking at your list of prioritised tasks, it might help to group some tasks together under a general heading. For example, Emails, Calls & Letter Writing might become Correspondence.
- Find a platform/ method/ software to create your block schedule. For me, excel was perfect. Listing the days you wish to focus on and increments of time that best work for you.
- Start filling in your time, thinking about how your motivation changes throughout the day and getting the most out of yourself when you are most productive. For me, this is first thing in the morning.
- Test & review, update.
I’ve been using a block schedule now for 3-4 months. As I transition from the Summer into the Autumn, I’ve recently changed up my block schedule to reflect the change in how I use and spend my time in the office. Hence the importance of testing, reviewing and updating your block schedule as you go.
Do you use a block schedule or how do you manage your time ? I’d love to know… leave me a comment below !