The coming new year means new opportunities are right around the corner. If you want to set yourself up for success, you need to make progress every day.
Time blocking allows you to schedule your day in a way that optimizes your focus. Here’s how it can help you make the most of 2021.
Set Your Priorities
Sometimes, there’s just no getting around the fact that you can’t do everything in one day. That’s why it’s important to finish tasks that will make the most impact during the limited time that we have.
Look at your to-do list and separate each item into two groups: tasks you absolutely have to get done and everything else. Creating these two categories will help you decide which actions will help you move towards your goals the most. Even if you don’t get all the way through your list, as long as you’re making progress on the important stuff, it’s still time well spent.
Group Together Similar Tasks
A long list of tasks is overwhelming. And when you feel overwhelmed, that’s when procrastination sets in. Getting things done is about getting into a flow. Time-batching is one way to help you do just that.
If you have a lot of similar activities on your plate, set aside time to finish them in one session. For example, consider replying to all your emails and messages in 30-minute batches throughout the day. Instead of interrupting yourself by checking your inbox constantly, you can focus on doing your work more efficiently.
Do One Task at a Time
If you think that doing multiple things at the same time will help you hit your targets faster, you may want to think again. As it turns out, people aren’t very good at multitasking after all.
Having ten tasks half-done is like having nothing done at all. What you should do instead is focus on just one at a time. Just like your muscles, your brain needs to warm up before it can really get going. If you’re distracted by multiple tasks, you’re not letting your mind perform at its best.
Don’t fall for the myth of multitasking. Focusing on one thing at a time will not only let you accomplish it better but also faster.
Using your time effectively will help make sure that you’re always moving forward. Before you know it, your goals will be within reach!