Maybe you are here because your to-do list is long.
I hear you!!
It could be chores. It could be work. It could be e-mails. It could be planning.
For bloggers, it is images, posts, social media
Whatever is on your list, it needs to be done.
Yet, sometimes I have a hard time starting!
Yes, starting seems to be the most difficult part.
Can you relate?
Then, sometimes I get started, but the task never gets finished.
Frustrating, isn’t it?
What if I told you that I have come up with a system that has allowed me to be twice as productive in the same amount of time?
Interested? Let me show you this super simple, effective method.
The method is simply breaking my tasks into smaller chunks: fifteen, thirty, or sixty minutes.
I am focused, intentional, and productive.
How to do this??
SET A TIMER AND WORK FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES.
This has been the secret that I have been missing all along AND I am going to teach you how this can work for you.
Figure out the amount of time you have to get things done. This could be five small fifteen minute blocks. It could be several hours.
Personally, I block my time off from 5-7 a.m. 12-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. These are usually my office hours for work that needs to get done.
But this also extends into our homeschool schedule as well as cleaning the home. I love to set a timer for fifteen minutes and get to work.
Take each hour and divide it into four fifteen blocks. Fill those blocks with items on your to-do list.
For the early morning hours, I always divide the hours into fifteen-minute blocks. But for the time in the late morning and early afternoon when kids will be awake, I schedule hour long or 30 minute long tasks. I know there will be interruptions during this time, and I want to allow some room for those! Even though the block is longer, I am still using my timer.
Stick to that timer and get things done.
You will not believe the power of these time blocks!
It forces you to focus on one thing at a time.
Instead of having several windows and tabs open, my mind is focused on getting the task done because when the timer goes off, it is time to move on!
Now you also will want a way to keep this organized!
I have found that post-its are my best friend for keeping it all together.
I created this board to keep my time in order. Plus, when something does not get done, it does not get taken off the board. This way that I still need time to finish that particular task.
I set aside time on Saturday evening before bed to set up my board for the week. I look at the calendar and decide on what has a deadline for that week.
I then plan ahead by including that task several days before the deadline. I have several blocks that I do every day, such as scheduling social media, working on Pinterest, and blogging course work. I love going to bed on Saturday night with a plan. It is awesome.
The best part about this board is it requires three items: post-its, small poster board, and washi tape.
Anyone can create a board and do so quickly!
Give it a try this week. Break down your must-do tasks into fifteen minutes….And watch that productivity skyrocket!!
I am excited for you!!
Ideas on how you can use this system now:
Write down all the chores you have to do in a week on post-it notes. Now schedule them in on your board.
Use this system to put all your kids’ activities for the week. Use a separate color of post-its for reminders for these activities. Never forget when you are to bring snack or certain gear to a practice or game!!
This method would work awesome for homeschooling planning! I always need a flexible system.
Big Family Blessings uses this post-it system for her weekly planning. Absolutely genius!
Make your goals for the week or month FUN with this idea.
Now go and create something amazing with post-its and time blocking!