Time Blocking – Making your time WORK for YOU!

I’ve been talking about Time Blocking and how it can work for a Stay At Home Mom  recently, but what exactly is Time Blocking? Put simply, its the process of blocking out specific times of the day for specific tasks. Or put in Stay At Home Mom speak, its a way to LOL at yourself for believing you can actually schedule your day ?! But… what if I told you….it kinda works?

I’ve been on this “get organized, be productive” kick recently (and if you want to find out why you can head ➡️ here) but realized that at the end of the day I’m left feeling like nothing was accomplished and kinda wondering where my day went. I just started Time Blocking and can already see a huge boost in productivity…I’m actually getting shit done! I haven’t exactly stuck to the time blocks (I’m still learning and experimenting) but throughout the day I was aware of the time blocks and because I knew I wasn’t sticking to it I was motivated to accomplish my tasks. The best way to explain is to show you my Week 1 Time Blocks. I started off with only time blocking my mornings and here’s what that looked like:

6 am – 7 am – Workout/Drink Shakeology

7 am – 8 am – Family Time (make breakfast, get the Alex’s out of the house)

8 am – 9 am – Clean the house

9 am – 10 am – Hour #1 of Work

Soooooo. Didn’t happen. I ended up waking up late so I ran over in my 7 o’clock hour. I needed way more than an hour to “tidy up” the house. And throw a toddler in to the mix and it just didn’t work out real well. Not a good start right?? WRONG! By forcing myself to do all of the things in blocks of time I was actually done with them! This meant that even though I started working a lot later than I had anticipated I could actually concentrate on work! I wasn’t thinking about the dirty dishes in the sink, wondering when (or IF) I was going to work out, or thinking about whether or not I swept yet..I could focus! Yes the schedule was off but that’s ok, it doesn’t have to be perfect right away. The important part is that things are getting done!

I started off by blocking out the 6 am - 10 am hours which didn't quite go as planned but I still accomplished everything I set out to accomplish and I was able to track the rest of my day which will help me time block in the future!
I started off by blocking out the 6 am – 10 am hours which didn’t quite go as planned but I still accomplished everything I set out to accomplish and I was able to track the rest of my day which will help me time block in the future!
Again, my day didn't go as planned but I did a great job tracking!
Again, my day didn’t go as planned but I did a great job tracking!

I used my Start Planner to track what I actually did. My actual day looks nothing like my perfectly planned day and I’ll use that to plan the next day and then I’ll use that days actual to plan the next day. Eventually it will start to match but meanwhile I’m still being productive and at night when I’m laying in bed I’ll feel like I accomplished something….even if it was just getting laundry done ?

Time Blocking Tips

Time Blocking is not meant to be some tedious task that takes up a lot of time, this is actually designed to free up your time and make things easier for you…and what stay at home mom doesn’t want that right?! Test it out, try it for a couple of weeks…let me know what you think! 

xoxo

Jessica

Want to see my Time Blocking in action? Check out my YouTube video!

?? Do you time block? Is there another way you say organized throughout the day? Share your tips with me!

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