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College can be quite tough if you’re taking 15 units as a science major plus working two jobs while blogging and writing stories online. During that moment of my life, I was ready to roll in my grave. With a busy schedule, it can be quite gruesome to complete all your goals.
One thing that revolutionized my efficiency was time blocks. Continue reading on how to use time blocks for a productive week.
What’s time blocking?
Time blocking is breaking down the day into a single task, the keyword – single. Each block should be an overestimate of how long the task will take. You want to overemphasize it, not underestimate. I prefer completing the task with a little leftover break rather than rush at the end.
Related: How to Plan the Week
1. Basic To Do
The first thing you want to do is to write everything you want to accomplish for the week. Reorder it from the most challenging task to the easiest. You want to start the day with the most laborious task, where your energy is at its highest.
At this point, you do not need a planner – which will be required later. You can write down everything on a to-do list or merely a sheet of paper.
I prefer establishing my to-do list every Sunday to start the week. Of course, the basic can be taken out such as – breakfast, lunch, showering, etc.
Right now, you do not have to be realistic.
2. Non-Negotiable Moments
This is when you start breaking down your tasks and determine important vs. mediocre. You want to circle or highlight what is important and must be finished that week – such as working or commuting to work. You cannot change certain things in your schedule.
Next, we are moving forward from the non-negotiable to the slightly negotiable. Slightly negotiable, is doing things such as blogging, pinning, laundry. If you’re a serious blogger and it’s your job, then bump it up to non-negotiable because you got to keep dinner on the table.
4. Be Reasonable
Our minds tend to wonder, so I recommend – if you can – work on each task per hour or hour in a half. For the bigger jobs, break it down to smaller ones so you can accomplish it slowly over time. This will require you to plan ahead of time.
5. Break Time
Similar to a job, you need a break. This break time can be from 30 minutes to an hour to do whatever you want such as take a walk or doing some other casual things. I recommend staying on your feet or else 30 minutes can become three hours.
During your break, do not work – such as checking your emails or returning a phone call to the dermatologist. You want your brain to take a break!
It takes a while to stabilize time blocks, but over time it will get easier similar to riding a bike. You won’t forget to do it.