by: Gianna Mangiarelli
Like most people, I often procrastinate. Big ideas and major goals get put off because “there’s always tomorrow” or “I just don’t have time today.” We keep telling ourselves this, but how is it that some of the most successful people in the world found the time to go after their dreams? They managed their time. And I know that time management is much easier said than done-- just look at how much time I spend scrolling through Instagram! Luckily, in this digital age, you can use your devices for things other than killing time, and actually find more time in your day through calendar blocking.
I find Google Calendar to be the best vehicle for calendar blocking. This app allows you to add multiple calendars for different goals or priorities. So, you could create different calendars for your day job, your side hustle, or general chores that need to be completed.
It’s as easy as this: plan out your week with certain blocks of time each day where you can get all of your goals accomplished.
For example, if you work a nine to five job, you can first block out the time spent working, then utilize anytime leftover for tackling your personal goals.
It also helps to know what times you are most productive. For instance, if you know you prefer to workout in the morning, you could wake up earlier and set aside some time to go to the gym.
If you are calendar blocking with Google Calendar, you may find the “Tasks” section to be especially helpful. When using this feature, you can create lists of “tasks” and check off each as you complete it. Or, use this to list out every task you need to put in your calendar and cross it off once it is blocked out.
Be realistic with your calendar. If you get out of work at five, don’t start your next task at five on the dot, ignoring the time it takes for you to commute home. Don’t attempt to complete every one of your goals in one day-- spread it out throughout the week, month, or even the year. Remember: it’s about working towards your goal a little bit each day. Even if it doesn’t happen overnight, it’s better to be consistent with it each day.