If traditional to do lists and scheduling systems don’t work for you, you might want to try a “block schedule”. I read about this recently on Simpleorganizedliving and realized it was something I’d been doing for years.
With a traditional to do list, you make a list of tasks you need to do that day, and if you’re really organized, you prioritize it. Then you start tackling the items in order of importance. There are a few problems with these kinds of lists, including:
- Just because an item is a top priority doesn’t mean it should or can be done first.
- Some people (that would be me!) need to include “ordinary” stuff, too, and it’s hard to prioritize dinner and laundry with schedule a dentist appointment and pay bills.
- Timing plays a part, too. It’s not always practical to do things in the order of priority.
- Making a list doesn’t always take into account how much time you have and sometimes low priority items still need to be done.
The beauty of a block schedule is that you plan specific tasks for specific time periods based on what needs to be done then and how much time you have. When I was working full time, my blocks included:
Here are a couple of samples from my planner:
Now that I’m home full-time, my blocks are morning, afternoon and evening. But on the days the grandkids come over, my blocks are:
Before the kids get here
While the kids nap
And after the kids leave
You can make your lists in your regular planner, on a blank piece of paper or on post-it notes, one note for each block.
Block planning makes a lot of sense because it allows you to tailor your day based on what’s going on, how much time you’ll have and what absolutely needs to be done. Somehow a to do list just doesn’t do the same thing.
So give it a shot and see if block scheduling works better for you.
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