How I Schedule My Week To Be More Productivity

  1. Carolyn says:

    Great article! I NEED my morning routine and I am still working on making time blocking work for me. I love the idea of transition tasks.

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. If I didn’t have transition tasks I’d never get laundry done or the dishes washed. This way they get done and I can allow my mind a chance to relax and absorb everything I have been doing.

  2. Keri says:

    I love your tips about transition tasks and scheduling family time. These are very helpful! Thank you!

    • admin says:

      I think Family Time is a sacred time of the day for all of us. It helps us stay connected to the real world and grounds us in the present. Both very important when you own a business. And transition tasks are a great way to just process information or get in the right mind frame for your next priority task.

  3. Ginger says:

    Thanks for sharing your process, I always think it’s helpful to hear how other people schedule themselves! I still have one kiddo at home with me most of the time so I do struggle with being consistent, which is something I’m working on this year!

    • admin says:

      It takes some trial and error but once you find what works for you, you will be so much more productive. Hopefully, a few of these tips will inspire you in your quest for consistency.

  4. Rachel says:

    I really like how you broke each part down! I have an issue with not booking enough time in the appointments area and priority tasks and even if I try to schedule extra time in those areas they still run over. I see how I can fix this problem though, I’m going to start scheduling a transition task after. I never thought of this, thank you so much!

    • admin says:

      My pleasure Rachel. Hopefully, it will help you. I love transition tasks. I don’t know where I would be without them.

  5. Amanda says:

    What a wonderful break down! I have heard such wonderful things about time blocking, and I really need to start incorporating that into my daily routine!

    • admin says:

      Amanda, time blocking is so helpful!! I schedule a time to work on graphics and I will work on blog graphics and client work in the same time block. That way my mind stays in the creative zone,

  6. lola says:

    Gosh you are so good at this like you said its not about making the schedule but sticking to it, its funny cause many times i make a schedule and end up not even doing a single item on it. I need to do a lot better!!

    • admin says:

      One thing that has helped me is to keep my planner open and next to my computer. That way I can glance over and see what’s next. When I first started doing time blocks I would set a timer to signal it was tie to do a transition task and move on to a new priority. You may find that helpful in the beginning as well.

  7. I’m a big fan of time blocking, this really works for me. Great post, love all your tips.

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Wendy. I don’t know what I would do without time blocking. It just makes it so much easier to focus and get things done.

  8. Chelsie says:

    I need to be better about coming up with a morning routine! I think it would set the tone for my day so much better if I could!

    • admin says:

      I have a post that outlines my morning routine. Before I started mine I was all over the place. Now I am focused and productive. It can make all the difference.

  9. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for sharing! I need to reclaim my morning. I’m all over the place sometimes. Being a working mom, it’s hard not to push the snooze button one more time. I’m going to read your post about your routine!

    • admin says:

      My morning routine is the best thing I ever added to my day. I am a lover of sleep so it was a struggle at first but once I got into it… It has changed my days and my business.

  10. Dani says:

    I love reading about how other people plan and structure things and this post DID NOT let me down!

    I underestimated the importance of morning rituals but since introducing a morning and an evening “checklist”, I’ve been so much more productive. No more getting up, grabbing a coffee, doing a bit of work, watching a bit of TV, then getting ready, then going back to work…I have a “start time” and a list of things I get done before that and at the end of my day too to ensure I don’t just work all night!

    Thanks for sharing

    Dani x

    • admin says:

      I am so glad it was helpful Dani! I was a hot mess before I started my routines and planning my time effectively. Now I seem to have more energy and I usually cannot wait to get to work.

  11. Bailey says:

    Really good tips! I need to explore timeblocking more.

    • admin says:

      It has revolutionized the way I schedule my day. I used to be all over the place during the day and I’d never feel like I’d gotten half of what I set out to do done. Now when it’s time to write I will write a blog post, emails, or and any other writing that needs to be done. It has made it so much easier.

  12. Erin Haugerud says:

    This is so important! Sounds like you’ve got it down. I’ll have to follow this!

    • admin says:

      There are still days when it’s harder to follow my schedule and get everything done. On those day’s I have to do more reflection about why I wasn’t productive. Once you get the hang of it, it is so much easier to stay on task.

  13. Yvette says:

    Time blocking is huge! I think that and realizing it is okay to outsource childcare for short bits if you need it and can afford it.

    • admin says:

      Yes!! If I am facing deadline and I’m not where I want to be I arrange fr my little ones to be with a sitter. This allows me to do longer time blocks and not have to worry about interruptions.

  14. Jess says:

    These are great tips! I can’t imagine how you get things done with kids around all day. You go girl!

    • admin says:

      To be honest it’s not easy, but my kids are getting into my routine so that helps a lot as well. I just try and use my time as wisely as I can to move my business closer to where I want it to be.

  15. Thank you, these are great tips, and steps I certainly need to implement! Whether it’s distraction or legitimately brain fog and health issues getting in my way, I definitely need to use tangible scheduling and organizational tools if I really want be productive and accomplish my goals.

    • admin says:

      I have days where I just don’t feel it, but then I look at my schedule and my goals and I know that I have to push through. My business is my baby and I have to nurture it and grow it.

  16. Michelle says:

    I love the idea of transition tasks! Sometimes I’ll put dishes away or sweep like you mentioned, but I never thought to actually schedule that in and think about it as dedicated time. I’d also like to suggest another transition task I enjoy: getting on the yoga mat for a few minutes of stretching – such a great way to clear your mind and get re-energized after sitting for awhile!

    • admin says:

      Michelle that is a fabulous idea!! Yoga is a great way to relax and recharge our minds. I’m going to have to give this one a try.

  17. This is great! I also love to utilize time blocking – it’s the only thing that keeps me on task and getting things done. I’m a perfectionist so if I don’t do that, I’ll be working on one thing all day! lol

    • admin says:

      I am also a perfectionist and time blocking is great at keeping me moving along. I could spend all day just designing graphics and never get blog posts written.

  18. Jenny says:

    Great reminders! I find that when I have focused family time, my family is so much more willing to help me out and value my time at the desk. When I start neglecting family time, they are less likely to support my needs as a blogger. Time blocking is key for me as well!

    • admin says:

      Yes!! If I spend quality time with my kids after I’m done for the day they d seem to respect my “work time” more. My husband supports me very much in what I do, even though he really doesn’t understand it. But he respects that I know and that I’m good at it. But if I ognored him I don’t know that he would respect it as much.

  19. I could definitely be way better at scheduling, especially now that I have been out of college and my days are scheduled by me, not what my classes are like. Thanks for the helpful tips!

    • admin says:

      You’re very welcome! I am glad it was helpful for you. If I were you I would start out with just time blocking and see how it works for you. Group your like tasks together at first and see if you get more done that way.

  20. Renee says:

    I love how simply you lay everything out!

  21. Great tips! Scheduling is practically my life. I’m an admin in my 9-5 and I feel like all I do is schedule. Since I currently blog in my “free” time, I need to schedule when I’m doing what and when.

  22. Johanne says:

    Oooh, you sound so organized! Love it. I’m terrible at being organized. I usually just go where my mind brings me, but that really does not work, haha. I just started a bullet journal and that at least has given me somewhat of a direction!

    • admin says:

      A lot of what I do is very much like a bullet journal. I migrate tasks that I don’t finish etc. I just use a planner so I don’t have to create layouts. LOL

  23. Kalyn says:

    Great article! I love to time block as well!

  24. Leslie says:

    I pinned this post earlier this morning. I’m going to have to settle down and get my freelance back on track, now that it’s an emergency for funds. Thank you for the breakdown.

    • admin says:

      You’re very welcome. I have tried so many systems to stay productive. This has worked so well for me. I get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.

  25. Chelsea Rose says:

    I just got a life planner and I am loving it! I need to be better about stating on task to be more productive, it sounds like I need to try time blocking! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin says:

      You’re very welcome! Time blocking has completely changed the way I schedule my days. I have never been more productive. And yes, the life planner is amazing!!

  26. I definitely need to work on scheduling my weeks better! I find myself spending too much time on certain tasks and not getting others done. I love your idea of transition tasks! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • admin says:

      Transition tasks make my life so much easier. I get housework done and I am able to more efficiently switch between tasks.

  27. Amy says:

    I have GOT to schedule family or “not work” time! Building a blog can be a 24 hour gig if you don’t find balance. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      After about two days of running my business, my husband said: “Do I need to put dinner on your calendar or are going to stop eating?” That’s when I knew I had to define my “work time” and my “family time”. So now I schedule it in and I stick to it.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I keep avoiding time blocking, but think I will give it a try now. I also loved your post on the morning routine. It really does make or break the day.

    • admin says:

      My morning routine and my schedule are what make my days so much more productive. I don’t know what I would do without them.

  29. Sigoni says:

    I absolutely love everything about this post! This is something I really need help with. I only have one toddler so I have no idea how you do it with two! I’m definitely going to use these tips to plan and r ally stick to ,y schedule. Thank you so much!

    • admin says:

      You’re very welcome. Sometimes my transition tasks revolve around my kids. Like play a game or have a dance party. It’s not easy but scheduling my day in time blocks helps so much.

  30. I love the idea of transition tasks! I hadn’t even thought of that! Thanks!

    • admin says:

      It is the only way I can get everything done. I hope they help you as much as they do me. I am able to get so much more done in my business and in the house.

  31. vian says:

    great Ideas, I do scheduling too, I usually use time blocking to make sure I’m productive. As a mom, my kids are still my priority.

    • admin says:

      My family is my number one priority too. I make sure I have family time every single day. But I also know if I don’t schedule it I am liable to get wrapped up in a project and go over into my family time. Time blocking in my best friend!

  32. These are FANTASTIC suggestions. I am big on time blocking, too. I love your idea about transition tasks; I have a hard time shifting from one demanding task to the next, so having these transitions would be very helpful! Thanks 🙂

    • admin says:

      You’re very welcome! Transition tasks have been so easy to implement. They are perfect for short chores that need to get done so you can stay on top of those as well. And my mind has a way to process. It helps us retain information and gives us chance to switch gears mentally. I love them.

  33. Gabby says:

    I definitely need to take these tips into heart! I tend to overload myself way too much. I think time blocking will be a huge help!

    • admin says:

      Yes! Time blocking is very helpful. Set aside time for all your writing, all your graphics, all your social media etc. But always remember that if you don’t get something done… move it to a new day. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get everything done.

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