Working from home requires a great deal of self-discipline. In the first month of starting this blog, I was very motivated and worked daily for several hours. But with time my motivation slowly declined and I would spend weeks not doing anything. Once I figured I have been stuck in a rut I turned to good ole Pinterest to find out how to get out of it.
So, I came across a blog that discussed the importance of a block schedule (Click here for Kara Layne’s take on block scheduling). I liked the idea of having some kind of timetable that keeps me accountable for what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. I’m a person that gets distracted very easily, which means I spend my time doing 13 different things at once but somehow nothing gets fully done. By block scheduling my work time, I am limited to what I am working on for a specific time and thus get more things fully done.
What is block scheduling?
Like mentioned above block scheduling is like having a timetable for your at-home-business or blog. By block scheduling, you link specific blocks of time (mostly 1, 2 or 3 hours) to work on one certain thing. For example, I write my blog articles from 8 am to 10 am, this time is specifically dedicated to writing my blog articles. That way I won’t start trying to fiddle with the appearance of my blog or start writing emails. A block schedule keeps you focused one specific element of your business or blog.
How to block schedule?
So now that you know what a block schedule is let me show you how to do it yourself. First, you will have to choose which program to use. Some people use google calendar, some use another calendar tool, some people even use their bullet journal. A calendar tool is especially handy since you can reschedule and share your schedule. For demonstration purposes, however, I will be using excel because I like to print and visually see my schedule.
Open up excel.
From the B1 field to the H1 field (so basically the first row) type into each field the weekdays you would like to work. For my example, I just typed in the whole week.
From the A2 field onward type in the time you like to start until the time you would like to stop working in. I typed them in hourly increments with 15-minute breaks.
Schedule your work time. Hint: Before I started with Excel I wrote down what I needed to do for my Blog. So, for example, Blog – Writing, Blog – Post Production, Blog – Projects, Blog Optimization, Checking Emails, Social Media, Meetings etc. Just write down what is important and then schedule it into your excel sheet.
If you know you are going to be doing a certain thing daily at the same time you can click and hold the bottom right green square of a field and draw the whole thing horizontally or vertically. That way you don’t have to copy paste every single field. Also, schedule in the most important work at a time where you are most focused and productive. To make the fields larger or narrower click and hold between letters at the top of the sheet and draw them outwards or inwards. (At this point it would be useful to mention that I not only schedule my work but I actually schedule my whole day. But you can just schedule whatever you feel comfortable with.)
Color code your elements on the sheet. To do that click a field and click the bucket with the color on top. Just as you would with a word document.
Et voilà! You just made your own block schedule. If you have any questions or want me to show you how to do a block schedule in google calendar leave a comment in the comment section below. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to my newsletter.