Which method of time scheduling should you use?
I have gone back and forth on what time scheduling method works best for me, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it depends on what stage of life you’re at.
When I was in college, I would schedule down to the minutes. And it worked great for me. I loved staying busy when I was in school. That meant I had to be very careful with my time.
Because I scheduled things down to the minute I found I could get a lot more done. Otherwise, I would waste that time on Facebook or Netflix. 😁
Right now, I use a mixture of time blocking and to-do lists that have been working really well for me.
When you have kids, it’s pretty much impossible to schedule your minutes. Maybe as your kids get older it becomes a possibility, I don’t know- I doubt it. But with kids of any age, your life changes- and the way you plan and schedule your days. That isn’t a bad thing- it’s just different and requires an adjustment.
The time scheduling method that will help you the most will depend on YOU.
It depends on your stage of life, your career, and your personality.
Why does it depend on your personality? Because the best time scheduling method is going to be the one you can stick with. Time management is great for a day or two but it’s going to make the most difference if you can stick with it in the long run!
Below is listed a variety of ways to manage your time: figure out which one (ones) will help you the most and try them out.
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What are the different methods of time scheduling?
Time blocking is exactly what it sounds like. You set aside a set amount of time, usually an hour, and it’s set aside for a certain task. The idea is that it will help you focus on that task and get more done. I’m a time blocker these days.
I’m a time blocker these days. It works really well as a parent. Basically, I time block the time that my kids are sleeping. Early mornings are blocked out for blogging and nap times are blocked for creating and planning. It has worked really well for me and it also frees up my brain when I’m NOT working.
It’s actually helped me not stress about the projects I’m doing, and it helps me be more present when I’m with my kids.
To Do Lists
To do lists. Writing down everything you need to do and then working through the list. It’s not the most efficient method, but it still helps you get stuff done and shows you where you need to go next.
If you need some printable To-do lists to help you with your time management, head over to my store The Planner Boutique!
Batching is an interesting concept where you focus on certain items together.
If you have a large task that needs doing, you can break it up into manageable increments of time. If you have a lot of little tasks, checking email, social media, etc. you batch all those little things together and get it done in that set amount of time. I really like this concept because it’s a form of prioritizing and minimizing the time you spend doing unimportant tasks.
Bullet journaling is a great adaptive system to where you can manage your time. You can write down your monthly plans, weekly plans, or daily plans. There’s so much versatility in bullet journaling, but it’s conveniently kept in one notebook!
Amazon sells this bullet journal: don’t worry there are lots of colors to choose from, not just pink. 😉
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Scheduling the Minutes
They say truly successful people schedule their minutes, not the hours. Whoever “they” may be, and whatever “successful” means. Actually, I can see how true this can be.
If you waste your minutes, you’re going to waste your hours. For example, why would you schedule in an hour of email checking when five minutes would do? Also, if you limit the time certain tasks take, aka social media, you prevent yourself from wasting a ton of time doing unimportant tasks. Try scheduling down to the minutes what you will be doing! You may find a lot more time available to you.
Prioritizing is where you focus on the tasks that are going to make the most difference. You focus on the tasks that are going to be the most beneficial. You tackle the MOST IMPORTANT tasks first, and then work your way down. The way you prioritize things depends on you and what is most important to you.
Sometimes the most important task isn’t what you would think. Try to step back and have an objective view of what is important!
Two books for you to read about prioritizing that will change your life (no joke):
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Use a journal to keep track of your essential tasks!
Dayplanners have been around a loooooong time.
And they are still awesome in my opinion. You can still schedule your time effectively with a day planner and pencil in appointments months in advance. That also means you can schedule work and projects months in advance so there are very few surprises. Most day planners schedule every hour and have a month overview. Shop around for one that will work well for you!
Finding what works best for you:
Sometimes, the time management method that sounds the best to you, isn’t the one you need to be using.
I really like the idea of scheduling down to the minutes. It’s a great way to accomplish lots of things.
But the reality is, that isn’t the stage of life I’m at. What DOES work for me is time blocking and prioritizing.
Prioritizing is especially great for those of us who always have a million ideas running around our heads! It’s easy to get distracted when we are always coming up with the “next great thing to try.”
Which time scheduling method would work best for you?
Have you tried any of the above? Which ones did you like? Which ones didn’t work very good for you?