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What is time-blocking?

Firstly, let’s give you a proper introduction into what time-blocking is. Time-blocking is when you block off a spot or a chunk of time on your calendar to work on a single task.

When doing this, you are blocking off your time (and your mind) from other projects that you may be typically distracted by. By time-blocking, you eliminate anything that demands your attention outside of the allocated task.

How does it work?

As you know already, every one of your team members works differently. This is why the first step to effective time-blocking is identifying your team’s productivity times. You can do this by monitoring their current regimes and work schedule to take note of how and when they complete tasks.

Importance and urgency

When we talk about time management, we like to use what’s commonly referred to as the “time management matrix.” Others refer to it as the “quadrants.” Whatever you call it, Stephen Covey, the author behind The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, pioneered what’s truly one of the greatest tools when it comes to time management.

You can make your time-blocking technique even more effective when you use quadrant systems to prioritize your activities and projects.

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