All About Time Blocking

All About Time Blocking

There is a famous quote from French Author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, that reads, “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” When it comes to time management, no truer words have been spoken. Each year we are presented with 365 days, 8,760 hours, and 525,600 minutes to build a life but, how much of that time is actually used to work on our dreams? Need a solution? Try time blocking.

Time blocking is a way to break your day into blocks of of time as you assign tasks to each time slot. Time blocking is not something new, in fact Wikipedia states time blocking has been around since the Bronze Age, a period that lasted from 3300 BC to 1200 BC. Notably Benjamin Franklin was one of the most avid users of time blocking, mapping everything out from his morning rinse right down to his evening supper. Noteworthy modern time blockers include Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Now pause and imagine what your 2024 can look like by trying time blocking next year.

If you’re time blocking for the first time you might not know where to begin. No worries, we’ve done the work for you and have provided a step by step guide so that you can start today.

  1. Make a list: Begin by listing all of your tasks. Sound overwhelming? Take a deep breath and break it down by category. Try these categories as you begin: work, home, health, and goals.
  2. Prioritize your tasks: Plan your days by assigning key time slots to those tasks that are most important. Be sure to include time for workouts on your Frame Reformer.
  3. Follow your schedule: Respect your time and the schedule that you’ve created. Remember that time blocking is not about being perfect, it’s about being consistent. When one task runs over take notice and don’t beat yourself up.
  4. Adjust accordingly: Show up to the day that you’ve planned with an open mind. Remember the places where adjustments need to be made and accommodate your needs appropriately. Try expanding a time block or swapping one block with another.

Make 2024 your year by time blocking and aim not for perfectionism but for commitment. As you map out the next 365 days may you be reminded that, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.”

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