Time Chunking

I’ve been testing a lot of time management theory lately.  As a business owner, writer, speaker, trainer, consultant, musician, and wife, I have great demands on my time and I’ve always had this feeling that I could be managing it better.  I do most of my work at home and recently let my housekeeper go.  (For the first time in about 6 years, I’m cleaning the house myself.)  If I don’t figure out a way to manage my time in a way that is comfortable for me and reduces my feelings of being overwhelmed, I’m going to drive my husband crazy.

This week, I’ve been experimenting with “time chunking.”  This is a new concept in time management and thus, has a couple of conflicting definitions already.  By my definition, Time Chunking is taking all your tasks for the week, and devoting a huge chunk of time to get them done, finished, over-with.  For example, Monday, I wrote all day.  I didn’t get all of my blog posts written for the week, but I came close.  (I had that really long one Wednesday on weight loss or I would have finished more.)  Tuesday I was out of the office doing trainings all day.  Wednesday I spent learning coding for my website.  Thursday was kind of a “miscellaneous” day because I had an orthodontic appointment and chose to flow a couple of things both business and personal around that.  Today I’m catching up on everything that I didn’t get accomplished earlier in the week and cleaning the house. 

The system seems to be working fairly well. I feel more relaxed than ever and the house is cleaner than it has been in a long time.  I’m finding that keeping lists is helping a lot and I’ve heard that there is some new hacking software available for Outlook – I’m going to check into that and I’ll let you know how it goes.

I do like working on a project from start to finish.  I’ve known for a long time that sticking with a job until it is complete is a more efficient way to work.  Being able to concentrate is extremely important in most of what I do.  And even though it pushed me to get to three different towns on Tuesday, at least when I got home late Tuesday afternoon, I knew my traveling was over for the week – that was nice. 

Being able to devote an entire day to learning something new was invaluable.  Now I won’t have to pick things up where I left off and learn things all over again – hopefully.  The new concepts had time to sink in as I had plenty of time to practice. 

Having the entire house clean at the same time is going to be nice as well as having everything caught up before the weekend.

Have a great weekend; try some time chunking when you get a chance and let me know how it goes.

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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on October 13, 2006

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