Kevin has recently been talking about how he plans to guard his time in order to better prioritize his tasking. In episode 189 of Journey to $100 Million, Kevin talks about how he plans to increase his work efficiency through a useful time management method called time blocking. Kevin does not have this strategy fully incorporated into his everyday schedule yet, but he knows what it is, how to use it, and plans to implement this strategy ASAP!
Time blocking is a type of scheduling method that allows you to block off fixed portions of time to work on specific tasks. For example, in a previous episode Kevin talked about how he needs sales to be his main focus for now. With time blocking, Kevin would set aside a specific time to solely focus on sales and prospecting. For him, he is going to have time blocked on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Monday and Fridays are not the best times to sell and prospect). During these days, he is going to set aside a specific amount of time every week, on a recurring basis, to focus on everything sales (prospecting, pipeline meetings, etc.). Doing this allows Kevin to focus solely on the task at hand, and not worry about anything else at all.
The #1 thing you need to understand before you start time blocking is that you need to respect your calendar. If a time block is on your calendar – you need to fully respect that timeframe, and do exactly what you say you need to focus on. If you are strict with your time blocking, you can manage your time much more efficiently. The point is to focus on one task in that period of time and nothing else, which will help you get work done that must be finished, and allow you to avoid work that is not as critical to your success. If followed strictly, you can reduce wasted time, while also focusing on work that is of a higher priority. For time blocking to be successful, you must stick to it!
Kevin plans to start implementing this time blocking tactic by coming up with a whole calendar of time blocks, while also working in the meetings that are already in place. If you have a tool or tip on what works for you to focus on the important tasks, and makes your day more efficient – reach out! You can hit Kevin up through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out on Facebook or LinkedIn!