Taking my time back: one block at a time

by Notorious Spinks on 05.22.2012

frustrated black woman

For the last year I’ve just been existing.  I went from the networking queen who was always at an event to the girl locked up in the house.  When I finally decided to show my face to the outside world,  I got a job that took up 90 percent of my time.  Honestly I was working 12 to 14 hour days.  I was just existing and didn’t pay too much attention to anything else.

But finally…

I’m easing my way back into this thing called life, one step at a time — my life.  Hint. Hint. I’m blogging again.  LOL!  However, my biggest thing that I lost during this time was my sense of time.  My time management is totally off.

I used to live by my to-do list and get most of the things done (a previous article I wrote).  Now I hate looking at a to-do list.  I just want it away from me… It’s grosses me out.  *I’m literally LOL right here*

I recently asked the ladies in my accountability tribe how they manage their time and they suggested I do blocks.  I am to block off my time by projects.  So yesterday I did just that…sort of…  I am behind on my homework so I blocked the entire day off for homework with the exception of a phone meeting and a two hour television and snack break.

As of now I’m liking this blocking.  Tomorrow Today I’m back to homework but I should be caught up by the end of the day.

Here is the system I created.  I used the online application TeaxDeaux to list my projects ( I wish they had sub-lists like Google Tasks where you can list a task under a task).  Then I recorded all the tasks for the  project(s) in my Google tasks.  Afterwards, I blocked times on my calendar (daily planner) for each project.  So far I am on track since I only have homework listed for Monday and Tuesday.  I guess my real test will come Wednesday to Saturday.  Wish me luck!

How do you management your time? Do you have a system or do you just wing it?


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