If you’re finding it hard to write, time blocking can help. I’ve spoken about this before because it changed everything for me. It enabled me to write novels, complete my PhD, have a family life while working two jobs. Now, it helps me write, edit, coach, and have fun.
What is time blocking?
Time blocking is the act of putting aside a chunk of time for one task only. It is a productivity technique that combines the function of a calendar with a to-do list.
Here are four tips to help you time block your way to writing success:
Focus On the Big Stuff First
Eat the frog. Have you ever heard that phrase? It means that you should focus on the big thing first in your day and get it out of the way. This action will yield the best results, and it can even limit procrastination. By just getting that thing done that you don’t want to do, you will find the rest of the day is easier to tackle.
Batching together similar tasks means that you will limit time wasted by moving between different levels of focus. For example, answering emails or making phone calls requires a different level of focus than writing a chapter of your novel. If you take a small break from writing your chapter to send an email, it’s going to take you around ten minutes to re-focus on that email. Then, you will find yourself having to re-focus again as you head back to the creative work. Instead, batch together email time and focus only on that until the task is complete. Add other tasks that are similar to this time so that you can concentrate fully. Giving your laser beam focus to one type of task will get it done more quickly, will limit distractions and result in a higher quality of work.
Take imperfect action
By imposing time limits on yourself and your tasks, you are limiting that neverending process of perfection. Perfection does not exist, and taking imperfect action can really get us ahead. For example, if you are recording a reel for your author Instagram and you make a small error, ask yourself whether anyone will notice? They probably won’t, and they know that you are a human being. If you stumble over a word on a Reel, it’s okay to press send. People might just be more endeared to you for it, and it’s another task ticked off your list.
Give Yourself a Break
Time blocking within a rigid structure that has no space for the outside world is not the answer to a happy and productive life. Stuff will sometimes come up that you have to deal with, and that is okay! Your plan is a guide for your day to help you succeed, and if you need to move something to next week, that’s alright. Give yourself a break; life happens.
Have you tried time blocking before? If you want to learn more, check out this free class on my Novel Writing Masterclass – it introduces you to it! If you want to dig deeper, this course is for you. It takes you through the process of time blocking and helps you develop your novel from idea to publication.
Want to talk to me about coming up with your own time blocked writing routine? Get in touch today. I would love to help you discover the time you have in your writing week.
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