2 Ways to Plan A Productive Work Week

Are you someone that likes to be more productive but need to know where to start? I often find myself Googling ways to be less distracted. After several weeks of unsuccessfully checking things off my to-do list, I end up frustrated, distracted, and unproductive yet again. Does this sound familiar? If so, read ahead to discover more productivity tips!

When working from home, it’s essential to have structure. Be consistent but realize your season of life. If you are working from home as a new mom, how you use your time will look different than someone getting ready to launch a new program or take on a big home project. Give yourself grace when managing your time, and try to be consistent 80-85% of the time. When budgeting your time and planning out your week, I like to use two time management systems: anchor timing and block scheduling.

Anchor Timing

For those unfamiliar with this time management system, anchor times are set periods of time that help ground your day, even with your ever-changing schedule. You’re establishing that you will do the same thing at the same time each day. For example, you may wake up every day at 6 am, eat lunch at noon, have dinner at 5:30, and go to sleep at 10. You can also set ranges and use these expectations with your family. You might decide to have a family dinner between 5-6, and everyone knows not to schedule anything between those times.

Block Scheduling

Block scheduling creates chunks of time for specific tasks you want to complete. This is very helpful if you have multiple projects you’re simultaneously working on. You may block off 8-10 am every day of the work week to focus on a particular project. You can turn your phone on airplane mode during that time to really focus. You may block some time for lunch and 1-3 pm for meetings, which is excellent for those of you who have assistants- they will know to schedule appointments during that time block. Or you may set aside time to respond to emails, allowing you to batch work and communicate with others when you’re available. 

 I utilize a combination of the two that works for my Type A personality. For example, I anchor my day by waking up between 5:30-6 am and beginning my morning routine (block scheduling) from 6-8 am. At 8 am, I have breakfast (anchor timing), work from 830-1130 (block timing), have lunch from 1130-1200 (anchor timing), and so on. I like to end my day with dinner and an evening routine from 4-8 (anchor/block timing).

Remember that your needs will vary from week to week. You may need to buckle down one week and get some deep work done for an upcoming project, while other weeks may be a little on the lighter side. Choose what works best for you.

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