When it comes to productivity, there isn’t much better than time blocking. This technique can help keep us on track to complete the work we know we’d like to get done.
Resistance to these types of activities can help us become distracted, or worse yet, drop the task altogether for a less meaningful but more urgent one.
We have to be prepared that these things will happen regularly and combat them with specific documentation of when we will get our project done. If it’s not scheduled it almost certainly won’t get done on time. Whatever it might be, chances are it is important to an idea or plan we’ve developed to help us at an unforeseen time in the future.
Help that future self out by recognizing the important work we must get done today and schedule it on the calendar in advance.
Then, we must hold ourselves accountable. Turn off the phones, limit the noise, and get focused on the task at hand.
If we don’t, we’ll get down the road and be filled with regret for not finishing and low confidence in our ability to get things done that are important to us.
By building a great habit of time blocking, we’ll be much more prepared for the road ahead. We’ll be grateful that we stuck through the resistance to complete the project, no matter how small, because we had the foresight that this small step was going to lead us to a grander outcome in the long run.