With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be beneficial to share with you, over the next week, a daily time management tip you can integrate immediately into your self management strategy that will help keep the chaos and overwhelm at bay, stay true to your priorities, get your work done and still have time to enjoy you life as well as the holiday season the way it is intended.
Here’s the third time management tip that will enable you to take charge of your day as well as take control over your life and career.
3. Time Block – Establish A Timeline For Each Task
Time Blocking is the art of creating blocks of designated time for specific activities or tasks throughout the day that are aligned with the realistic number of hours you have each day. However, before you can effectively do so, you must have already prioritized your tasks and activities to be included in your routine and have established timelines for each. So, if you have a nine hour workday, which includes one hour of planned externalities, (see number 2, “Plan for the Unplanned) you realistically have eight hours to use for activities that you can create designated blocks of time for and then position within your routine. You may encounter certain sporadic, yet consistent activities that take up a portion of your day such as personal errands, phone calls, emails, prospecting, managing employees, writing proposals, training, meetings or other work related tasks. Consider allocating blocks of time for each activity during certain intervals throughout your day to handle them. For example, instead of being interrupted by incoming calls or emails throughout the day, try blocking out specific portions of your day to make and return calls or respond to emails.