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Time Blocking: Improve Your Focus And Get More Meaningful Work Done

Time Blocking

Is a simple productivity exercise and means using your calendar to block time for your most important priorities

During that time, you only work on that one thing. This way, you don’t have to think, “What should I do next?”

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Time Blocking

Is a simple productivity exercise and means using your calendar to block time for your most important priorities

During that time, you only work on that one thing. This way, you don’t have to think, “What should I do next?”

Cal Newport

Cal Newport

I take time blocking seriously, dedicating ten to twenty minutes every evening to building my schedule for the next day. During this planning process I consult my task lists and calendars, as well as my weekly and quarterly planning notes. My goal is to make sure progress is being made on the right things at the right pace for the relevant deadlines.”

Tips for time blocking

  • Take 10 minutes every evening and plan your next day. Rearrange blocks if you must create time for other important things.
  • Use recurring blocks for recurring tasks.
  • Don’t over-schedule. Realistically, you can’t be productive 10 hours straight. Give yourself some time between tasks.
  • And always schedule more time than you think you need.

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The Time Blocking Method

It involves planning out your day in advance and dedicating specific hours to accomplish specific tasks. 

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The Most Important Task Method (MIT)

Instead of writing a big to-do list and trying to get it all done, determine the 1-3 tasks that are absolutely essential and then focus on those tasks during the day. 

You don’t do anything else until you’ve completed the three essential tasks.

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