How do you plan your time?

Last Update: January 15, 2017

Time is precious for most of us, some of you are working a job and have kids to tend to as well as working on your sites and writing content, but how do you plan your time so that it is most effective?

Below in the photo is my week. Well its not this week but this is a picture of how I plan my week. I have planner sheets that I print out each week and then I get my coloured pens out.


My first colour fills in the time for things that I can not change, things like the school run and appointments that are already made.

Then...

Family time, I need time with my daughter, she is my priority.

I colour in time for my MLM, WA and my other business.

If there is any time left over I might just do something for myself ;-)

The time that I block out for "work" is then blocked out within to allow time over the week for content creation, 15 minutes per day for each social media account and other priority tasks like training, phone calls and meetings.

So I might block out time for WA / my site that is a 2 hour block. I would divide this into say 30 minutes content research and roughingout, 30 minutes WA blogs and training, 30 minutes site maintenance and tweaking, affiliate link search and suitability. In breaking things into smaller chunks of time there is more of an urgency to complete the task in this time. If I allowed 2 hours for content creation then I would fill all 2 hours and not actually get much more done than when I allow 30 minutes.

I hope that in me showing you how I plan my time it might give you some ideas how you can plan your time to be most effective and efficient for you.

I am a visual person and like to have my week on my wall so I can see it at a glance. Some of you may prefer to do this on a spreadsheet which is great but to me that is only available when your computer is turned on.

If you have your own method of planning your time I would love for you to share it in the comments. We are all different and there may be people who have tried other methods of planning and are still not making it work for them but they may instantly get your method of planning.


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AwesomeWoman Premium
Great ideas! Thanks! I do a "6 Most Important Things" List to prioritize the 6 Most Important Things for each day. I discuss it here Everything can't be urgent and important so prioritizing what I'd really like to accomplish on a day by day basis make a difference.

Thanks again for a great blog post!
~ t
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CathH1 Premium
thanks for this. I do my planning on a Sunday night and usually just block out the time for the different business that I have, I sometimes don't have tasks to do in these blocks until later in the week, to me its about blocking out the time for these areas so that I know that I have time allocated and can plan other things around them.
I work a "to Do" list when I go to bed and so I know what I am doing in the morning when I get up.
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AwesomeWoman Premium
Makes perfect sense. I do much of my planning the same way and am always trying to improve planning for those unexpected events/activities. Thanks again, ~ t
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Vinsquest Premium
That's an awesome way to stay on track.
I have been using google calendar. I spend most of my day(s) on the computer so the little notification window keeps me on track.
But I am always looking to better my time management.
Thank you for sharing!

Vini
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CathH1 Premium
I don't always work at home on my computer so I take a photo of my day as I leave my office and then I have an easy to get planner on my phone too :-)
When I am working I use the timer on my phone to keep me on track as unless I am booked in for phone calls or meetings the phone is face down on the desk :-)
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Paul1916 Premium
With a busy day job and 3 busy kids, the only time I have is when they go to bed until I'm too tired to do anymore. So I can manage around 3 hours per day that way...
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CathH1 Premium
that's ok, how well do you plan those three hours in the evening?
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MKearns Premium
You're a good writer and planner Cath. It should be no problem for you
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CathH1 Premium
there are still things that throw a spanner in the works Mike, you know how it goes, but I generally get back on track, but without this on my wall it would be difficult to follow :-)
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YKing Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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CathH1 Premium
you're welcome :-)
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