So, you’ve already captured everything in your buckets. You’re ready to rock and roll, but wait…you still don’t know anything about time blocking. It’s okay; that’s what we’re gonna cover right now. Keep in mind this is what works for me. You might find another way you love even more. I’m just offering options here.
As I explained in my last post, I have a brain dump notebook. Everything goes in that sucker at night before bed. The next morning, I go through and decide what tasks need done that day, and I put them in my planner. (I have a deep, deep love for paper planners. The Day Designer is my all-time favorite.) But this still isn’t explaining time blocking, is it?
OKAY, OKAY. So, this part is actually super simple. I just set up blocks of time where I’m supposed to be working on a given type of activity. So, my life is family & friends, Winning at WordPress, this blog, and social media. Basically. For the purposes of task management and time blocking anyway.
So, I’ve blocked out 6:30am to 8am as “morning routine” because…well…that’s what it is. From 8-12 is “work” which, for me, means running my Facebook groups, writing blog posts, etc. (It feels like a crime to call any of that “work,” btw. Getting paid to do what you love is ridiculously awesome and feels kind of like I’m cheating a little.) So instead of writing a hard and fast schedule, it’s just a chunk of time for me to pick a task out of my planner and go. Since this gives you the basic idea, I won’t go into my schedule further. (It might mention naps, and no one needs to know about those.)
Now during these blocks of time, I use a Pomodoro timer to keep me on task. It’s 25 minutes of work, 5 minutes break. I actually have an app installed on my Mac called “The Clock” which comes with a timer that will also lock you out of your computer during the break time. Ingenious.
So, there you have it, folks – the system I use to try to keep up with my ADHD. So, what techniques do you find helpful?