So, I'm just back at work from a two week holiday and trying to get my head back in the game (and not wandering along a sunny beach in Mexico with a margarita in hand...)
Sorry, now where was I? Ah yes, I'm back at my desk trying to focus on how best to put my refreshed brain back to good work.
And from my reading, it would seem that time blocking might be just what I need to be looking at for boosting productivity.
A recent Passle from Claire Trevian reveals that she employed the technique as a student in order to ensure that her academic work found precedence amongst the usual social and community obligations that university life can bring with it.
Meanwhile the Forbes article (below) highlights how the practice is being used by successful entrepreneurs, like blogger and businesswoman Abby Lawson, to manage their time and stay focused on and complete tasks. Lawson describes how time blocking works for her:
"I write down all my tasks that I need to do in a day, and then once I have that list I schedule each of those tasks into a time slot on my calendar...
It rarely goes exactly how I have it planned, but what it does for me is it gives me kind of deadlines, and times during the day that I have to meet and be done with this certain task."
As a person who loves a bit of structure to my day (check out my previous Passle about checklists) I can see the appeal of that clear aim of organising your time to ensure that you solely concentrate on starting and finishing your most important tasks, without allowing space for distraction or procrastination. By setting specific goals for what you want to accomplish in a particular day, and giving yourself deadlines for those, you will be more likely to achieve them.
There are other entrepreneurs that use time blocking to another end: that of achieving perspicacity. In other words, taking specific time each week/month/day to think, to plan or to be creative.
Gino Wickman, founder of EOS Worldwide, calls these same moments "clarity breaks" - the habit of taking quiet thinking time for yourself; allowing an opportunity to be clearheaded - away from the noise and distraction of the day - and to contemplate and replenish energy on the key issues in and around your business world.
So, it looks like time blocking could be a useful tool to employ in terms of work productivity. Question is I am back on UK time yet or should I be time blocking in Mexican hours?
Would you like to learn the secret to becoming insanely productive? Productivity and organization go hand-in-hand. When we get busy or face times of stress, it’s easy to let things slide. And before you know it, your desk and habits are in disarray. “Time blocking” is a method that just might help you avoid those moments of chaos, and keep your mind and office clear. Abby Lawson is a successful entrepreneur and creator of the blog Just A Girl And Her Blog, where she offers advice on how to keep a beautiful home, life and business. She earns over half a million dollars a year from this home-based business, so she knows a thing or two about staying productive.