Jul 5, 2017
So there you are: It’s the end of your week, the end of your day and for the life of you, you can_NOT_ remember what you actually accomplished and worse IF you actually accomplished anything at all. The day felt like a big one. It felt like you accomplished a lot, but there’s no record of any of it anywhere.
A similar feeling might occur when you crack open your calendar on Monday morning bracing yourself for a clean, fresh start, filled with potential and productivity… only to realize your time is officially no longer yours, every spare second has already been claimed by someone else: the dog, the kids, the clients, the employees, the spouse… Even though you love it all very dearly, you’re beginning to resent it.
In my podcast Bare Naked Bravery, we talk a lot about “power of choice” — We often give away our power of choice before we even realize what we’ve done. Every time, we’re unconsciously victimizing ourselves. A calendar is a symptom, tool, and definitely no exception to this phenomena.
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It’s pretty simple really: block out time before someone else does.
I use Fons for my consulting client’s scheduling and payment processing because it cuts down on my administration hours by at least 75%. I use Google calendar for the rest of my life’s adventures. For my time blocking, I’ve created multiple calendars for each type of activity in my life: Admin, Fons Office Hours, Marketing, Networking, Artistic, Product Planning, etc. This way I can clearly see how my week is being invested. If the time blocking is doing it’s job, every week is a very colorful experience.
To get to time blocking nirvana, you can do the same thing with the following steps by grabbing a sheet of paper to outline your ideal week, then compare it to the reality.
Remember: the goal of time blocking is not to turn your life into a regimented calendar boot camp. That sounds like a terrible time (to me, at least). The goal of time blocking is to ensure YOU are the holder-of-the-reigns of your own calendar. You are creating an automated system of holding your boundaries with your calendar. (Click here to read more on doing the important stuff even when it’s difficult.)
Emily Ann Peterson is a singer-songwriter, teaching artist, marketing consultant, and creative entrepreneur. Her podcast, Bare Naked Bravery, features conversations with everyday heroes about the quiet successes and loud failures required to do the brave things for which we know and love them.
Peterson’s mission is inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.