Are you a time blocker, or do you aspire to be a time blocker?
Time blocking is a popular scheduling technique used to proactively plan how time will be spent.
Instead of planning ‘interruptions’ (i.e., meetings), time blockers set aside chunks of time devoted to specific tasks.
For instance, you may decide to block out three hours each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for writing; this will be your time during the week to focus on completing writing projects. If you are in sales, you may block an hour every morning for cold calling, or customer outreach.
The goal of time blocking is to regain control over your schedule.
Ready to get started? Here’s a simple way to time block your calendar.
- Determine the tasks you need to time block. Begin by thinking about which of your daily tasks need focused, dedicated time. Writing, customer calls, employee reviews, invoicing, design work, brainstorming are just a few examples.Identify and list two or three of these types of tasks for your week ahead.
- Determine how much time to block for each task. Now, look at your list and think about how much time you need to devote to completing that task.You may want to set your time blocks week-by-week as each week may be different for you. Over time, you may notice patterns to your weeks. For instance, if you’re the webmaster for your company, you may decide to dedicate three hours on the Wednesday of the last week of each month to make website updates. Or, maybe you need to do website updates for one hour each Wednesday. With time blocking, you decide which blocks of time fit where on your calendar.
- Now, it’s time to schedule your blocks. Now it’s time to get these tasks onto your calendar. And, if you’re anything like us, you want to do this the fastest, simplest way possible.For Google Calendar and G Suite users, the new Woven calendar is a time blockers dream. With Woven Smart Templates, you start time blocking by creating a template for each task block. You can associate all the task details with the task from within the template; location, time, conference call details if needed, private and public notes, tagging for time tracking, color coding, even add colleagues if you include them in the task. Woven stores each template with all the details associated.Now that you have your time block templates created in Woven, it’s easy to schedule these week-by-week, or you can schedule out a month or two in advance. Whatever works best for you.
Bonus Tip:Take your time blocks with you. Woven is a mobile-first calendar. Available for download on the iOS App Store, Woven lets you easily manage your time-blocks on-the-go.
Take control of your time today, with time blocking and Woven.