Always Running Out Of Time?
Try 'Time Blocking' To Get More Done
By John Melley
Voice Talent & Coach
Ever have a day where you get to about 3 p.m. and realize you haven't accomplished anywhere near what you had planned to? We've all had days where we wonder where the time went.
One trick to getting more done during the day is to use Time Blocking during your day.
The power behind Time Blocking is that you set a start and (more importantly) an END time for your task(s).
HOW IT WORKS
So let's say you have an editing project that needs to get finished, a voice session, some follow up calls, paperwork, emails to send, meet with a client.
Block out the start and end for each task, being realistic about what time it will take to get each task accomplished. This is key.
To Do lists can leave you frustrated in that you look at it and feel like you didn't get everything on it crossed off. Time blocking will help you with your workload and help you make decisions on what you take on.
FOR EXAMPLE ...
Here's an example: (Your results may vary)
Two things you may have noticed in this schedule: I set up breaks every half hour.
You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish in 30 minutes with no distractions.
Then I take a break. Get up and walk around. You need to do this because you'll be more productive during those 30 minute work periods.
AND I MEAN IT!
When I say "No distractions" I mean NO distractions. Phone, voicemail, email, Twitter, Facebook, Internet - all off.
Notice I put email in the middle of the day.
The key to accomplishing more is working on YOUR agenda and task list.
When you start your day looking at email, you start responding to other people's requests. You're working on THEIR agenda - not yours.
Very little is so Earth Shattering in email that it can't wait until noon to get back to people. I've found that most questions/requests typically resolve themselves by the time I get to look at the email thread of messages, and I've saved myself the time of sorting through the "Half-assed" communication that takes place in most email.
WAIT TIL NOON
This one tip - email at noon - has been one of the KEY productivity techniques that I have used over the last few years that has helped me manage my time more effectively.
If you try nothing else, try this one for a week and notice the difference!
What time management tips and strategies do you employ? I'd love to hear them. I'm always looking for good ideas.
John Melley is the Commercial Production Director for CBS Radio Bostonís award-winning Mix 104.1 (WBMX), and a nationally recognized voice over talent, having performed voice over for Irving Oil, Hewlett Packard, United Technologies Corporation and countless others. He is also a marketing consultant for business owners, specializing in coaching voice talent to grow their businesses, and recently began The Voice Over Marketing Podcast, which focuses on marketing and business tips (see link below). He believes a rising tide lifts all ships and helping other voice talent benefits the entire voice over profession.
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