No, it didn’t specify when I would do it, but hopefully the task was complete before the ink faded.
Finding time to do the task you REALLY need to do is a daily challenge, and with so many tasks competing for your time a to-do list just isn’t enough.
Today, I use time blocking, a simple time management solution that reserves time each day to work on a high-priority task or project. Typically, I schedule two 1-hour blocks each day.
In a nutshell, here are three key ways Time Blocking — also known as Time Boxing – helps me maximize my time management:
- Fights distractions: it creates a Power Hour, an interruption free task time that allows me to focus on a singular task
- Emphasizes my priorities: scheduling time for my most important activities is the best way to ensure they’ll get done
- Works prime time: I schedule my blocks to take advantage of my times of peak energy – allowing me to achieve flow faster and get more work done per hour
Your steps for blocking time are simple: choose a priority task, and assign a time frame for working on it into your Outlook calendar, on your smartphone, in your day planner, or a sticky-note on your desk – whatever time management system you choose.
Don’t forget, time blocking is a great way to achieve balance in your life. There’s nothing better than scheduling a solid afternoon of uninterrupted quality time with your children.
SO TELL ME:
How do you ensure the important tasks get done each day? Do you have a method for blocking time? What would you recommend to others?
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|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at email@example.com|