Cleaning up my office, and going through the piles of paperwork and other miscellaneous items on my desk, I came across a desk-sized planner that I bought to... yep, get me more organized -- again. Once I blew off the dust and opened it, its contents barely scribbled in, I came to a realization: planners/calendar organizers/ "to-do" notebooks of all shapes and sizes, fancy or functional, just don't work for me. The dust on the small stockpile of unused planners should have been my clue.
Time blocking is finally productivity technique that seems to be sticking with me for the long-run.
If you can read through my words to hear a sense of exasperated relief, you are spot on. I've tried so many different time-saving tips, apps, worksheets, planners, etc. over the years. And nothing really seemed to ever find my sweet spot.
Until I learned about time blocking. Time blocking is where you set a specific allotment of time to do a specific task or set of tasks. Generally, why it works is because it debunks the myth of multi-tasking. It is simply a more efficient, and I would argue, less stressful way to be productive.