I have been extremely productive today. I ran early, Josh took the kids to school, and then I finished up a slew of BLPA/pod/patreon related tasks. Yay!
I am slowly getting used to this whole part-time working for myself thing. It’s actually not that different than my PD role in that it’s quite a bit of ‘project’ type work, where no one (except me?) is micromanaging the steps.
And by the way? I have concluded that I am not typically someone who micromanages any steps regardless. I think this is why I don’t really do time block planning in the way that Cal Newport suggests. I 100% see how it makes sense for many and am intrigued at the possibility of giving every minute a job (just like my precious YNAB, but for time!). BUT: I just don’t want that level of detail to dictate how I spend my more open blocks of time. I’d rather have a list for the day (tailored to how much open time I expect to have) and then just move through more holistically.
This might come as a surprise to some. But I do tend to pay attention to a) the next step in any project (including any bottlenecks) and b) deadlines. And then I work accordingly. I do not like to work to the last minute, but a small sense of urgency — like the feeling that if I do leave things too far, they WILL become stressful — can be helpful.
And this is why today has been super productive and it’s only 11:32 AM! I may need a nap by 3 pm, but it will have been worth it!
Do you time block plan? What is your most productive time of day? I personally have figured out that 8:30a – 11:30a is really my sweet spot. I should always save the afternoon for more mindless stuff!