Time blocking is such a valuable tool that it is well worth spending the time to master.
Choosing how you set your time blocks will depend on what you are wanting to achieve, the nature of your business and personal circumstances.
The minimum blocks that I find myself always recommending are:
1. Me Time
Time dedicated just to you. Only you.
It’s at the top of this list because you must have time to recharge your batteries and do what feels good for you.
I use my “Me Time” to go paddling, sit down with a book, walk along the beach or chill out with Netflix. I schedule these time blocks into my day.
“Me Time” can also mean a short break away for a few days when I switch everything off to simply refresh, reframe and relax.
2. Business development time
This is the time that you spend on developing your business.
You need to be spending time daily on business development because it is a way of ‘feeding your funnel’ and ensuring you have ongoing connections. Don’t just do this when you are searching for new business.
Remember that people like doing business with those they know, like and trust. So maintaining and developing relationships is essential to your ongoing business success.
For Dragon Sisters, business development time includes catching up with former clients, spending time on social media interacting with other business pages, being a guest speaker, writing a blog post, newsletter, doing some phone catch-ups or investigating a business tool.
Just like it says, it’s all about getting your core business done – it’s about working IN the business.
It looks different for everyone. Some may have regular office hours, others may have flexibility. But whatever the case, your working time needs to be blocked out and you need to be sticking to a schedule.
If you’re a mechanic it means working on the cars, for a writer it’s the time you spend writing, as a coach it means the time you spend coaching or working on material, a B&B means this is the time you’re dealing with guests and making sure your premises are in tip-top condition.
4. Family Time
It is essential to be slotting in family time. What your blocks look like will very much depend on your circumstances.
Family time can take many forms, but the key ingredient is being present it the moment and putting work aside.
My children are adults, so family time for me means; 1:1 time with my daughter over coffee, time visiting my elderly parents every couple of days; dinner with my kids each night if we are all in the same house.
The rest of the time is flexible – according to your circumstances.
Time blocking is not easy
Yes, it can be a struggle to get the time blocks happening.
I’ve been there. The struggle with the juggle is real.
However, I also know from first-hand experience that unless you get this happening, you will struggle to achieve your goals. Being torn in too many directions without sufficient time blocks is not sustainable for the long term.
You may like this resource on How to Set Your Priorities.
To your success!