As Accountants, we’ve got busy schedules with balancing both family and work commitments. In addition, some of us volunteer or coach our kid’s sports teams. Many of us do other wonderful things that take up our time throughout the day. Seeing as we only have 24 hours a day, how we manage our time is quite important so that we can set ourselves up for a successful and productive day.
Something I’ve learned to do recently is called time blocking. It’s something I’m still fine-tuning and trying to balance with what makes sense for me, but I’d like to outline what has helped me and may help you as well. For instance, in the morning I will grab my Baron Fig Notebook and jot down what I’d like to accomplish throughout the day. However, I am transitioning that process to write down my goals for the next day, the night before opposed to doing it in the morning.
An example of time blocking might look like this:
- 6:00 am – Wake up and shower
- 8:30 am – Task 1 or your most important task (MIT)
- 10:00 am – Meeting with Paul
- 11:00 am – Process email
- 12:00 pm – Lunch
- 1:00 pm – Task 3
- 2:00 pm – Conference call with Louise and Marian
- 4:00 pm – Process email
- 5:00 pm – Wind down, schedule your next day
- 6:00 pm – Dinner with family
- 7:00 pm – Read, Go for a walk
- 10:00 pm – Lights off
The above example will vary from person to person depending on each persons commitments/routine for the day. The example gives you an idea on how to schedule your tasks – either personal or work related. Time blocking should help you stay focused on what’s important to you because you’ve written it down and set that intention.
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to schedule some breaks to help you refocus and re-energize!
Hopefully, this helps provide some insight on time blocking and setting yourself up for a more successful and productive day!
Jameel Desai, CPA, CGA
CPA Marketing Content Contributor