Time Blocking: How to Get The Most Out of Your Schedule

Some of the most productive people in the world swear by a technique called time blocking. Here’s how to use it.

Dan Silvestre

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Ever heard of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, or Cal Newport?

Yep — all time-blockers. And they’re not doing it because they like coloring in their bullet journals. They’re squeezing every drop of productivity from their days.

It’s simple and it works. And I’m going to show you how.

So, let’s see if this sounds familiar:

You have too many things to do, and the list never gets smaller. You’re juggling work, side projects, and your personal life. They all demand more of your time. You want to give them all more time.

Whenever you start working on your list, something comes up. An important email that needs a reply. An unscheduled meeting. The phone rings.

It probably seems normal now — just a part of living in a busy world.

Getting things done is hard.

Well, I’ve got some news.

Making lists of things to do, and trying desperately to finish them isn’t enough. It doesn’t give your days structure or routine. To-do lists don’t help you focus.

You need to bring in an important element: time.

Tasks need to be associated with time. You have to figure out a task will get done, and it’s going to take.

It sounds simple, and it is. But it’s also powerful. Imagine knowing exactly what tasks you will finish this week? Add to that, handling emails, errands, a social life, and better health.

Well, that’s what time blocking is all about. It will let you control your life like nothing else you’ve tried.

What is Time Blocking?

Time blocking is a method of combining task management and your calendar. You create ‘blocks’ of time in your days and give them tasks to focus on. Every task fits into its own time block, without interrupting anything else.

With time blocking, your schedule is completely filled. Work tasks, social events, and rest are all planned and…

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Dan Silvestre

Performance coach helping leaders get the right things done with less effort than anything they've tried before. Join 20k+ readers: newsletter.dansilvestre.com