3 Things to Never Do If You Want To Master Time Management

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Do you have an effective time management technique? Wait though, I mean an EFFECTIVE time management technique. One that permits self-care and leaves you feeling fulfilled? A technique that is helping you to up-level your results in all the areas of your life?

If you do, stop reading. This post is not for you. If you don’t, join the club. You are not alone. Many people are in a state of lack and limitation when it comes to time management. Feeling like there’s never enough of it and living life in a burnt out state. There’s always more to do and it’s exhausting. The first thing that goes out the window is self-care, which leaves you feeling like we’re burning at both ends of the candle.

That paragraph alone put me in a state of anxiety. I don’t even like to think back to a time when my life felt like that and I was living from that energy. Now for the good news! I’m going to share a secret technique with you that will have you on top of your game with breathing room to spare in no time!

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Time Block Scheduling

Time block scheduling is the way to go, but probably not the way you are thinking. Or maybe you’ve never heard of this practice before.

Time block scheduling is when you schedule out everything in your entire day on your calendar. This includes work tasks and personal tasks. When you want to find where your time is going and gain more control over your time and your day, time blocking is highly recommended.

Have you tried time blocking before? Me too and it didn’t work that well. It turns out, I was doing it wrong. There technically is no wrong way. There’s no time blocking police coming to knock on my door or anything. I’m saying, what I thought time blocking looked like and the way to make it effective are 2 very different things.

DON'T be wishy washy

In order for something to work, you have to make a decision and commit to it. If you’re not committed, you’re not really giving it a chance. If you say you’re going to do it but give up on it after a week, I’d say you didn’t give it a fair shot. I’d also say that you shouldn’t waste your time putting a block schedule together if you’re going to give up after a week. Putting together an effective time blocking schedule takes time and energy.

If you’re still reading, I’ll assume that being blunt is OK with you. That’s good because I am reminding you, gently of course, you’re here because what you’re doing isn’t working. If you were happy with the results you’re getting you wouldn’t be looking for ways to improve. So I ask you, do you want better results than you are getting? Are you going to make a decision to make a change? If the answer is yes, keep reading!

You’ve now made a decision so let’s talk about the way to set up the schedule. Proper set up is imperative so it will work in the best possible way for you.

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DON'T throw every to-do task item in your time block schedule.

This is detrimental. Instead, think about what you want in the key areas of your life.

    • Health and well-being. This encompasses your physical and emotional health. 
    • Love and relationships. I’m talking about all relationships in your life. This includes relationships with your family, your significant other, your friends, co-workers, and any other relationships you may have.
    • Vocation. How are you bringing your gifts forth in the world. Where are you expending your creative energy when it comes to career and vocation?
    • Time and money freedom. Do you have as much free time as you want? Do you have the finances that you desire?
    • Spirituality. Are you as strong and as focused in your spirituality as you want to be?

As you think about what you want, remember that those are the results and outcomes that you want. These are the blocks of time that you are going to schedule in to your calendar. You’re not scheduling tasks into your calendar, but results. Even sitting back to think about that feels good. It feels lighter and freer than thinking about a massive “to do” list that used to leave me feeling stuck and unfulfilled.

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DON'T think you have to continuously be "doing" something.

When scheduling your blocks of time, give yourself space. Be intentional and pick 2 or 3 slots throughout the day to do nothing. Yes! I said that. Pick 2 or 3 times during the day where you get to celebrate yourself and your freedom. These don’t have to be long periods of time. 30 minutes is plenty of time. You’ll have a chance to catch your breath, collect your thoughts, gaze at the clouds, take a walk, or do whatever else you want.

That feels good too doesn’t it? When implemented correctly with proper habits, routines, and daily rituals, those simple steps will take your time block schedule from feeling stuffy and constricting to free and flowing down the river of alignment. Man, it feels good when you find alignment.

To get you started we created a FREE Time Blocking Planning Page that you can download here. Drop us a line and let us know how this worked for you or if we can give you more support in getting a time blocking system implemented to help you get more done in less time. Master your day, master your life.

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