Managing Time

Hey friends,

If you're like me, you own a lot of planners. I have quite a collection.

Every time I buy a new one, I think, "this is it! This is going to be the one. This is going to solve my issues!"

But the issue isn't really the planner itself. It's how you use it.

One of the most energy-consuming activities during my day is figuring out what it is I'm supposed to be doing. I'll catch myself getting distracted and think, "what should I be doing right now?" I often don't have a good answer.

One method I've started using lately that has helped is time blocking. Rather than just jumping around all day from task to task, you spend a little bit of time the day before planning what you will work on throughout the next day.

The big value here is to give yourself a north star!

If (when) you get distracted, you can refer to your time blocking plan to see where you should return your attention.

The goal is to have this as a guide, not a cage. Don't be afraid to stray from your plan and update it as needed.

There are several methods you can use for time-blocking your day:

  • Calendar app (Google Calendar, Fantastical, Apple Calendar, etc)
  • Any planner with time blocks
  • A sheet of paper

I was using an open notebook because I like to have it physically visible throughout my day. I eventually decided to design my own template that I could print out and use which you can grab for free here: Tactical Time Blocker, but really any of these methods can work if you stick to it.

Just take 5-10 minutes at the end of your day and time-block your next day. Let me know how it works out for you!

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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Quote of the week

Picture a room with 1,000 TVs with each TV showing something different. Now try and concentrate on just one TV without getting distracted.

— Damian DaViking Aird