The time blocking strategy is cognitively demanding
Those who use this strategy get so much more done because their average intensity of focus is very high.
You do not want to extend this block discipline to your time outside of work, as this intensity will lead to burn out. A life of focus also needs time to reflect, and a commitment to direct your free time toward rewarding activities.
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When thinking about our workday, we should give every minute a job. This technique is called time blocking.
Most people generally approach their workday with a list of tasks where they fill the time between scheduled meetings and calls reacting to emails. When the mood strikes, they try to make progress on tasks on their list. By contrast, the time blocking method breaks your day into blocks of time and assign specific work to these blocks.
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.)
• Schedule your most meaningful work for when your energy and attention naturally peak.
• Add blocks for reactive tasks each day (emails, calls, meetings).
• Write down your daily to-do list (for work, home, and family/social) and fill it in.
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