Inspired Learning: 4 Benefits of Time Blocking


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4 Benefits of Time Blocking

Learning to Use Your Time More Wisely

by J.M. Troppello


Time is fleeting.


Everyone wants more time. But there are only 24 hours in a day. You can’t add more hours to your day. However, you can integrate time blocking into your day to increase your productivity level.


There are three basic types of time blocking techniques:


  • Time Blocks – You schedule specific segments of your day for one purpose, like checking emails, writing articles, or meeting with clients.


  • Task Sets – You schedule a set time period to focus on related tasks like completing all data entry tasks or working on SEO for your website and blog.


  • Specific Days – You schedule one day for one specific type of work like editing your articles or networking with other writers and finding new gigs.


Cal Newport, author of Deep Work said:


“A 40-hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure.”

Benefits of Time Blocking


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

I had never heard of time blocking before until about 10 years ago when one of my managers shared that she uses it and has been more productive. I then started using it and found that I was able to be more productive each day as well.


According to Todoist.com you should


“Try time blocking if you juggle many different projects, spend too much time in ‘reactive mode’ like responding to emails, and find your day chopped up by meetings.”

Consider the following benefits of time blocking.


1. Enhances Your Concentration Levels


When you focus on one specific task for a set period of time, your concentration level increases. You won’t be distracted by random tasks like checking emails or responding to phone calls because you’re blocking time.


It will likely take time to hone your concentration skills. You may be tempted to check your emails or get easily distracted by other tasks. However, work diligently to stay focused on the immediate task you’re working on.


2. Improves Your Productivity Level


When you focus on completing one task at a time, you’ll get more work done. You won’t give in to distractions. Your mind will be geared toward completing one task at a time.


According to Laura Scroggs, PhD:


“By batching all of your shallow tasks together in a dedicated time block or two, you’ll be able to power through them more efficiently and protect the rest of your workday for higher-impact work.”

3. Augments Work Evaluation


When you use time blocking, you force yourself to identify all your daily tasks. That process can enable an enhanced evaluation of the current way you’re working. Then you can ascertain areas where you need to be more productive.


Time blocking streamlines your workday to ensure that priority work gets completed first. When you schedule out your tasks in a time-blocking manner, it empowers you to say no when necessary.


4. Improves Your Goal Completion Rate


Time blocking can help you become more successful in your personal and professional life. As you set aside time for specific tasks each day, you can improve your goal completion rate.


“Of the time given to a workday, 80% is spent doing tasks with little to no value and only 20% is spent doing something important.” (Source)

The Takeaway


“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

Start using your time more wisely by integrating time blocking into your day. It can help with both personal and professional tasks. Time is precious. Make every minute count.

About the Author


J.M. Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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