Time Blocking

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Putting Balance Back Into Your Life

Have you ever had your day end and wonder where it went? Have you ever been frustrated by how reactive you have been to "emergency" situations that significantly reduced your productivity?

Many of us have experienced this to an excessive degree in our business practices. One of the greatest ways to eliminate the reactive state we find ourselves in is to practice the art of Time Blocking. Time Blocking is about scheduling your day with purpose, making sure the things you need to get done DO get done. This applies to work and personal activities. Remember, the more proactive you are with your day, the less reactive you will be.

Dedicate yourself to the following exercise for 2 weeks. Each morning, start off by blocking your entire day in ½ hour increments. The result might look something like this:

8:30 - 9:00

Check emails and voice mail

9:00 - 9:30

Return calls

9:30 - 10:00

Prospect for new business

10:00 - 10:30

Staff meeting

10:30 - 11:00

Check voice mail and return calls

11:30 - Noon

Strategies new business planning

Noon - 12:30

Return calls

12:30 - 1:00

Break for lunch

1:00 - 1:30

Return calls

1:30 - 2:00

Meet with client

The key to this type of planning is to check your voice mail and email each hour and return messages promptly. The reason is simple: If you let too much time lapse before you respond to your client, it will tear you away from your time blocking schedule. The temptation to check the red light blinking on your phone, or respond to that electronic voice saying, "You've got mail," will be too great to resist. Remember, time blocking is about commitment. The more you live your days proactively, the more work you will get done.


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John Saari
Worcester, MA
"The Mortgage Buddy"

Nice post Reza. Time organization is so important to being successful when you are busy. Tough to do all the time but effective.

Apr 08, 2011 07:08 AM #1
Whitney Peddy
de Luxe Homes & Estates - Fort Worth, TX

Great reminder Reza! Time blocking is a good way to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Apr 08, 2011 07:30 AM #2
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