Last Updated on May 9, 2016
When it comes to owning a creative small business, there are a lot of things to do. Phone calls, emails, meetings, client work, writing, marketing, content creation, product creation, social media strategy, promotion, and lots more!
No matter where you are in business, the phone always seems to be ringing, the calendar always calling, the inbox always dinging, and the to-do list always growing.
It’s HARD to keep up with it all.
Harder still to maintain your focus on one thing when everything (and everyone) is demanding your attention all at once…
After reading Ali Edwards’ thoughts on block scheduling (also called time blocking), I started implementing a block schedule of my own. Setting aside blocks of time each day to get the day-to-day stuff done and blocks of time each week for content and product creation as well as business education and other projects was really good for me.
It kept me focused and intentional, and I found I was HUGELY more productive that way. I was actually amazed at how much I was able to get done every day!
Then I fell off the wagon…
WHY I LOVE BLOCK SCHEDULING
Over the last two years, I’ve done this several times. Get on the block scheduling wagon, fall off, get back on, fall off, get back on again. Life and things happen, you know? Sometimes your day/week/month doesn’t go according to plan and you learn to #justkeepswimming.
But that’s actually THE BEST PART about block scheduling! It’s no big deal if you miss a morning or an afternoon! You just get back on the wagon and start all over again! Even if you miss a whole day (or a whole week), you simply start again the next day! It’s very forgiving that way.
But the BEST BEST PART about block scheduling? (You know it’s good when you use two bests!) Every time I fell off the wagon, I noticed that I missed the function and ease of my block schedule. A lot. (Like a lot a lot.) And every time I got back on, I wondered WHY I even allowed myself to fall off in the first place!
That’s how AMAZING and PRODUCTIVE and LIFE-CHANGING this whole block scheduling thing is!
Working from home allows me the flexibility to work when and how I want to. But that blessing can also be a bit of a curse. Because that flexibility can sometimes allow distractions to win. And that’s just not a good thing when it happens over and over again.
Especially when you’re trying to achieve some kind of balance and not work all of the time. That’s where block scheduling comes in!
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HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A SIMPLE BLOCK SCHEDULE:
7:00am – 8:00am // Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am // Emails
9:00am – 10:00am // Social Media
10:00am – 12:00pm // Product creation
12:00pm – 1:00pm // Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm // Content creation
3:00pm – 4:00pm // Brainstorming
4:00pm – 5:00pm // Emails
5:00pm – 6:00pm // Misc. to-do’s
6:00pm – 7:00pm // Dinner
This is just a basic outline. Block scheduling isn’t a perfect system, but it is a flexible one. Which is a good thing for everyone! Because no one has the exact same kind of schedule. Heck, your schedule may very well change every day (or even on the day). And that’s OK! Because flexibility is part of the beauty of being your own boss and working from home!
Allow block scheduling to help you focus and get stuff done, but remember that YOU are the boss of it (and your schedule); not the other way around.
I have by no means perfected this system. (Fall off the wagon, get back on, remember?) But block scheduling is one of THE BEST things I’ve done to help me be more productive and get things done as a female entrepreneur! Of this, I am 100% sure.
Have you ever tried block scheduling? How do you schedule and manage your time?