Is it Possible to Have Scheduling Freedom and Do It All?

Time blocking is a schedule management plan that helps you plan your time better. You avoid working by the clock and focus on handling tasks based on their priority. The end result is freedom from time constraints.

Michelle Penczak
Jul 26, 2019 · 4 min read
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What is time blocking?

Time blocking is a method of prioritizing your to-do list and focusing on high priority tasks. You focus on finishing tasks instead of the clock.

  • Personal time (hobbies, cleaning, exercising, spending time with others)
  • Downtime (non-working, time to decompress)

Do I schedule my time?

Look at your calendar or planner and decide when you will have productive time, personal time and downtime. Color code or markdown when these times are.

  • Medium priority = that week/soon
  • Low priority = deadline is next week or later, handle when possible
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Where do I start?

Make a list of your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Break them down into high, medium, and low priority based on when they’re due. Then look at your current routine.

  • Do you work best when you can focus for 3 straight hours?
  • When are your most productive times of the day?
  • Mark these productive times down on a planner or schedule, then work in these tasks to your schedule.

How will I stay motivated?

Keeping a master list that you check off as you complete it keeps you organized. Mixing in small high priority tasks with your larger projects will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you as you work through your list.

How do I time block when traveling?

Be deliberate with your time, and understand that if you need to work, you’ll have to carve out the time.

  • When everyone is taking a break from activities or kids are napping, sit down and get some work done (this can happen poolside with your laptop).
  • Catch up after everyone has gone to bed (if you need to), or make time blocking plan for the next day before you go to sleep for the night.
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The Result?

When you block your time out, the possibilites are endless. You can work at your hobbies, enjoy the freedom to spend time with your friends and family, and be more efficent at work. The end result? Having a productive, scheduled life with plenty of time for freedom.

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