I have time blocked for most of my adult life albeit mostly in my head or in list form. My Dad is pretty similar to me in that he plans his day and I think this is how my schedule making started. I’m not talking just work here though. In my Dad’s case he goes to the extreme and no-one dares to throw a new idea in the mix on a Saturday afternoon such as a spontaneous trip to Costa, for my Dad’s day is planned in finite detail down to the tip run, changing that light bulb and lining his ingredients up on the kitchen side ready for cooking that evening. I should say I don’t go to these extremes but my brain works in this logical way which is unusual for a creative (my Dad is an Engineer so for him it is second nature).
Take today for example, before I dared move (because both kids were in my bed) I had already planned my day. I knew I had a dozen work actions but I also knew that today would be a no go for these because a) it was the first day of term and I had the morning battle to contend with and b) I had my 3 yr old at home with me today. So instead I decided to accept that clients would have to wait and make productive use of my day sans work. So I planned my day from 9am to 3pm, blocking time out to visit one of my best friends in our favourite cafe (treat!) followed by 2 hours of post-holiday housework and an hour of tea party play time with the tot. I threw in a half hour dog walk to boot and I even found 15 minutes to send some follow up emails to 6 potential clients. Winning.
I found that I was indeed a little like my Dad though as I ticked off more detailed tasks from my list such as load dishwasher and clean inside windows, however I prioritised these ten minute jobs within their alloted block and pushed anything that I could manage whilst kids put their pjs on such as changing the sheets, until later.
The concept of timeblocking will be familiar to anyone that follows the amazing Lisa Johnson’s advice (Lisa Johnson Coaching). And since partaking in her Fabulous Foundations course and joining her membership group GSD Society I have started to write my timeblocking down – more-so for my business though because I am human and as much as I love to tick those items off the list, I also know that I could get carried away and turn into my Dad at any moment.
Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with timeblocking?