Time Blocking

One key to success is a simple, but powerful, technique called "time blocking." Time blocking involves consistently setting aside time for the high priority activities in Quadrants 1 and 2 of our Priority Matrix. When you use time blocking you are, in essence, making an appointment with yourself! Ideally you should block time for important activities in both your work and personal life.

Personal Time Blocking
You cannot be effective in your work if your inner reserves are depleted. Making time to “recharge your batteries” will actually boost your energy. Block time for exercise, contemplation, relaxation or recreation. Be sure to carve out time for family or friends as well. And, before committing to anything else, be sure to pencil in some vacation time as well. Then, treat appointments with yourself as respectfully as you would with others.

Time Blocking at Work
What if you had two uninterrupted hours every day to focus on nothing else but your most important activities? The time might be spent planning or working on one or more projects, sales or marketing efforts, developing your staff, or learning something that will add value to your work. Just two hours dedicated to the really important things? Keep in mind that these two hours are focused, uninterrupted work time and do not include all the other time spent traveling, in meetings, talking by phone, sending email and other activities also directly related to achieving these activities. If you want to block out even more time to zero in on Quadrant 1 and 2 activities– great!

Get into the habit of blocking out time for your most important activities on a consistent basis and you’ll be unstoppable!

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