Time blocking: Have you tried it?Posted on 18/09/2019 by Jess O'Connor
One of the latest productivity buzzwords to take the internet by storm is ‘time blocking’.
Time blocking is the opposite of multitasking. It’s when you set aside a set amount of time to focus on one task only, free from other distractions.
Here are some tips for applying time blocking to study.
Create a study schedule
Before you can block out any set time for study, you need to create your study schedule.
Here’s how to create a study plan (and stick to it!)
Remove all distractions
Time blocking won’t work unless you remove all distractions and focus 100% on the task at hand.
That means turning off your phone and shutting down emails.
Use a timer
If time blocking works well, you’ll find yourself ‘in the zone’. Set a timer so you don’t go overtime and cut into time allocated for other tasks.
A timer will also stop you from checking the time every few minutes, therefore keeping you on track.
Consider the Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is when you work in 25-minute bursts followed by 5-minute breaks (and a longer break for every 4x 25-minute bursts).
You could also create your own version – for example, working in 45-minute bursts followed by 10-minute breaks.
Time block other activities
Time blocking isn’t just for study – you could also consider time blocking other activities such as family time, exercise time, or work time.
The less you multitask, the more productive you’ll be.
Use a digital calendar
Use an online calendar such as Google Calendar so you can easily colour code different blocks of time, set up recurring events, and share your schedule with family members (if needed).
Test, test, and test again
Time blocking isn’t a technique that will work perfectly overnight. You will need to test and experiment until you find a pattern that consistently works.
Try to track your progress in a notebook or the Notes app on your phone to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
After a few weeks, you’ll get the hang of it. Good luck!
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