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This might sound like you're turning your calendar into a chaotic mess. However, it can actually have the opposite effect. When you fill your calendar with the tasks and things you want to do, it's harder for others to steal your time.

As behavioral designer, Nir Eyal told us :

"In this day and age you cannot call something distracting unless you know what it's distracting you from."

The simple reason why time blocking works is that it's designed for focus.

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Time blocking is all about focus. To stay on task during each block, I like to use a simple Pomodoro timer (Right now I use Be Focused ). Having your remaining time visible can be a huge motivator and also help ...

Want to see some real-world examples of schedules designed for focus? Check out our guide to setting up a work scheduled designed for sustained attention .

One of the great things about time blocking is that it can be dead simp...

  • Place buffers in between tasks. We all have what's called "Attention residue" after completing a task that can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes to get over. If you assume you can switch gears on the spot, you're going to end up frustrated and behind schedule.
  • Schedule...

What's your morning routine ? How will you disconnect from work and make time for friends, family, and hobbies? These tasks are just as, if not more important ...

The first question you need to answer is: Why do you want to use time blocking?

Is it because you want more time for focused work ? Or to reduce your

Potential issues aside, time-blocking is still a powerful time management strategy . Especially when you see it as a framework for thinking about your day rather than a set of laws you can't break.

As Abby Lawson writes in

  • It takes a lot of time and effort. Scheduling each minute of your day means... scheduling every minute of your day. It's a much more labor-intensive system than just writing out the 4 or 5 tasks you need to complete.
  • Few of us (if any) have the same schedule every day.

As Deep Work author Cal Newport writes :

"Sometimes people ask why I bother with such a...

Here's how you can use time blocking to make the most of the time you have each day.

Need more help taking control of your time? RescueTime shows you how you spend your day so you can optimize your schedule for focus and productivity.

Again, how Brad blocked out his time was based on his priority of spending time with his family. As Brad told us :

"Before having a baby, my wife and I would both work well into the evening hours, largely because we cou...

The human brain needs guardrails at work. Otherwise, we fall into what's known as Parkinson's Law:

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"

By scheduling every minute of your day you not only gua...

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Time blocking

It's the practice of planning out every moment of your day in advance and dedicating specific time “blocks” for certain tasks and responsibilities.

When you fill your calendar with the tasks and things you want to do, it’s harder for others to steal your time.

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Time blocking your schedule

Time blocking your schedule




• Know your high-level priorities and goals.

• Start creating blocks for your time outside of work (morning routines, time with family/friends etc.)

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Cal Newport, Author of Deep Work

"A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure."

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