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How To Time Block

Do you find yourself so occupied every day that you hardly get the chance to relax?

Taking care of the kids, the spouse, elderly parents, job, household chores, bills, friends, extracurricular activities, and the dog can be overwhelming.

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I often ask myself, "If I don't do these things, who will?"

I feel uneasy when I leave things unfinished. Even though I tell myself that I can do them tomorrow, that never happens. I end up staying up late, sacrificing my sleep to get things done.

Over the years, I've learned to manage my time so I can get a full 8 hours of sleep.

Benefits of Time Blocking

Increased Productivity

Time blocking has significantly enhanced my life by boosting productivity.

Allocating specific time slots for tasks enables me to concentrate on one task at a time without interruptions.

This focused approach has improved task efficiency and effectiveness, leading to increased accomplishments in less time.

Improved Time Management

There are mornings when I feel anxious due to a packed schedule, especially knowing the challenge of getting the kids ready within the allocated time.

Planning my day and setting aside dedicated time blocks for each task lets me prioritize effectively and make the most of my time.

This involves waking up earlier or adjusting appointment times to allow for a buffer, preventing me from overextending myself.

This has not only helped me get more done but also reduced stress and overwhelm as I know exactly what needs to be done and when.

Enhanced Work-Life Balance

Before adopting time blocking, I frequently ended up cleaning the house while my family lounged around. I used to feel it was unjust and silently resented my husband for not pitching in.

Through the practice of time blocking, I've structured my schedule to assign specific time slots for work, family, and self-care, promoting a harmonious balance in my daily life.

Additionally, I've allocated time blocks for other family members to assist with household chores.

This has greatly improved my overall well-being and happiness.

Here are a few ways how I time block:

1. Prioritize

Deciding to follow a schedule and managing my time effectively was a way of prioritizing self-care.

I now understand the importance of the pre-flight announcement made by flight attendants, "Secure your oxygen mask before assisting others," which I found perplexing as a child but now resonates with me as an adult.

The key message is simple: to truly help others, one must prioritize their well-being.

Organizing my day with designated time blocks has been crucial for maximizing my time efficiently.

I've created a daily planner, which you can download below, as an effective way to stay organized and on top of my tasks.

Start your day with a clear list of priorities and get things done efficiently.

With my busy schedule and ADHD, quick reminders and clear organization are essential.

My planner allows me to plug in appointments, errands, and daily tasks all in one place, ensuring that I never forget what needs to be done.

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2. Organize

Organizing my day into manageable blocks tailored to fit my family's needs has been a game-changer.

This approach, not only, helped me tackle all the mundane tasks successfully but also created a sense of balance in my daily routine.

By setting specific timeframes for tasks, I've noticed a significant boost in my productivity levels, allowing me to accomplish more in less time.

This efficiency ultimately grants me a well-deserved "ME TIME" as a rewarding break.

However, I've learned that flexibility within these structured blocks is key, especially since life can throw unexpected curveballs at any moment.

In those unforeseen instances, I remind myself to pause, take a deep breath, regroup, and navigate through the challenges with a clear mind and determination.

3. Compromise

It's important to take some time for yourself.

This might sound cliché but it's true. When you don't give yourself a chance to do what you enjoy, you might start feeling frustrated and annoyed.

Plus, you won't be able to give your family your best self.

To make time for yourself, it's crucial to involve your loved ones and make them aware of your needs.

They need to understand that you have a lot going on and that you need some time to yourself.

Try to find a compromise and modify your schedule to make time for yourself.

Before you know it, you'll have time for yourself and your loved ones will also benefit from your refreshed mindset.

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Making time for yourself is crucial for maintaining overall well-being.

Just like the airplane safety instructions remind us to secure our oxygen masks before assisting others, prioritizing self-care allows us to be more effective in supporting those around us.

Transform your daily routine with my FREE Daily Planner and take control of your day. Say goodbye to chaos and hello to maximum productivity.

To support you in finding this balance, consider subscribing to join me on our journey to navigate life. Together, we'll craft our days, making room for the beautiful chaos that fills the moments in between.


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Hi, I'm Fe! I help busy families find balance by prioritizing their time for increased productivity.

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