I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that the faster I work, the more I’ll get done. It's a perfectly fair assumption, no? 

It’s no secret here in the office that I’m a million miles an hour. But after I read about time-blocking, I set myself the task of slowing down and focusing more attention to the task in hand. Of course, this sounds simple - and a little too obvious. But days get messy, unexpected things happen and phone-calls and emails pop up throughout the day. It's definitely easy to stray.

What I have found is that by blocking out time, turning off notifications and plugging my headphones into a calming playlist, I feel mentally sharper and more prepared to focus.

And turns out by 'hyper-focusing' and even spending more time on one task at a time, I’m overall more productive.

Since Equinet recently rolled out the use of Everhour, a time management system that allows us to track the efficiency and profitability of the company, it’s given the whole team greater visibility into where and how their day-to-day time is generally spent. 

One thing I’ve noticed is that when by blocking out a set amount of time to complete a task and focus on that one task, I can generally complete it to a higher standard. However, when I’m grappling with multiple tasks at once, not only is it harder to focus, but I end up spending longer on that original task. Who’d have thought? 

Ok, I know it sounds pretty obvious, but for me, it was the wake-up call I needed to shake up my approach to my daily workload. 

How do you approach your day? Have you ever considered, or experimented with time-blocking?