How Does Blocking Work?
Now that you've set some goals; you need a plan to achieve them. That's where time blocking comes in. It's purpose is to break your day down into more manageable chunks called “blocks.” The benefit of using blocks is that you don't need to be exact, you're just booking off time to work on only one project. That's when you can pull out your list of activities and start completing them.
When first beginning time management, don’t try to block in the whole day. Start by blocking off one or two hours. If you try to block off too much too fast, you'll get frustrated and quickly give up. Nobody likes missing their targets. It's like what happens when an average person starts exercising again after a long layoff. They'll usually work out as hard as humanly possible, so that they get the “best results.” The next morning, they're barely able to get out of bed, because of all the pain they're in.
Initiative Still Required
This blocking method does take some initiative on your part. When the time you have blocked off comes up, you need to drop what you are doing and focus on your planned task. I realize you have a busy life, but if you don't start working towards your goals now, when will you?
Once you've mastered blocking off one or two hours during the day, you can build up the time as appropriate. Planning your time makes you feel more in control and is a key in allowing you to make big strides forward in life.
I've included a really basic example of a weekly time blocking sheet for illustration purposes.
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