The other day I finally threw away the planner I had been carrying around (and not using) for months now! It was so liberating! Not only was it bulky, but I was never using it and would feel guilty/unproductive coming home with another day unfilled. Since I always have my phone, I finally started utilizing the calendar and notes app. Now that the blog is taking up more of my time, it was necessary to come up with a better on the go system so I could eliminate wasted time. Step one to creating a new more efficient system? Figuring out how to time block for better time management. Now that I am back at work, I really needed to see where I was spending my time, and what needed to go in order to continue to focus on this blog.
When You Add Something In, You Must Remove Something Else
In an effort to get rid of the “I should be able to do it all” mentality, I took a more realistic approach and made a list of all the things I want to get done. Here is my list:
- Walk Lola
Then I went through my calendar (iCal) and started scheduling the non-negotiatiables. This included exercise, work, kids drop-offs and pick-ups. After I filled in those, I started playing around where I could fit in the others (cleaning/chores, blogging, free time, etc…). I assessed each to-do and gave it an estimated time limit. With that information I decided I will give laundry 30 minutes a day, Friday-Monday. Then I scheduled 15min social media breaks where I can just relax and scroll. After that I scheduled in taking out the trash two days a week (Friday & Monday). I literally scheduled EVERYTHING!
I still have a small notebook handy to use daily for my to-do list and gratitude journal. While this isn’t necessary, I find it extremely therapeutic to write out my to-do’s and love starting my day with a list of gratitudes to focus on.
Give Something Up
Since I am making my blog a priority, I knew I needed to give some things up. The only thing I can give up in my life right now is cleaning. Currently I choose to spend way too much time on it, and in the end it is not a priority of mine. We have a house cleaner that comes every 3 weeks, so the deep clean is completely taken out of the equation. I committed to assigning a time limit to other chores and will stick to it!
I asked my husband to take over all things related to the dog (food and porch potty cleanup), his lunches for work, and keeping things tidy around the house. I have the kids help with putting groceries and dishes away, putting laundry in the washer, and cleaning up their rooms. All of these small tasks add up and make a difference when the long to-do list is constantly weighing on my mind.
There you have it! A simple, extremely effective way to time block for better time management.
Do you time block? What is your method for fitting everything in?