If you’re anything like me and your mind runs a million miles a minute, then this blog post is definitely for you.
Recently, I have found myself in a little bit of a predicament. While my business has been taking off and I’ve been booking a lot more, I’ve been finding myself a little overwhelmed. Which don’t get me wrong – I LOVE that I’ve been gaining such a strong and supportive wedding family, but I definitely went about organizing this the wrong way.
Every morning I would wake up, go to work, come home with a HUGE list of goals I wanted to accomplish before going to school and only end up getting one or two done. Now you may be thinking “story of my life”. Well, if that’s true, boy do I have some amazing news?!
First things first: I have recently started using Trello – an amazing workflow software that I learned about at the Working Retreat and I will definitely do an entire blog post on that later.
However, I’ve also started using block scheduling through my Simplified Day Planner. This thing has seriously been a lifesaver for me.
I used to come home from work with a list like this:
1. Check email
4. Work on website
5. Work on bridal guide
6. Social media updates
And the list was never-ending. Be honest – you know you have had this struggle at one point too.
The BIG issue with that list is the fact that because there was SO MUCH stuff that I wanted to get done in SO LITTLE time, I was finding myself starting one project while thinking about another and getting distracted. It would go “Oh, let me answer some emails…Oh wait, what about Facebook? Oh wait, I have homework due tonight. Oh wait, I didn’t blog for tomorrow…” etc. And on, and on, and on.
Finally, after this happening for such a long time, I realized I needed to do something about it. When I learned about block scheduling, I brushed it off and thought “How is a calendar with lines and a to-do list going to keep my mind straight?”. Well, I definitely underestimated it. I guess it’s a psychological thing and it makes you more time-conscious of how long you spend doing things.
Now everyday (weekdays), I wake up, go to work, usually get home around 3pm and then start my block scheduling. I’ll schedule an hour for emails and then turn the notifications right back off. Then I’ll blog for the work for an hour (This is usually on Mondays – not everyday). Then I’ll organize my social media for an hour. Then I’ll eat dinner and come back to work for about an hour of editing. This obviously varies from day-to-day since I am a full-time student, full-time photographer, AND have another job, but the fact that I am scheduling these things ahead of time is saving so much time.
Do you block schedule too?! I would LOVE to hear what your schedule looks like and any tips you have!!