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  1. I basically do this exact same thing when I am at home. It definitely helps me stay on track and not veer away to “shiny objects” that catch my eyes (or those of my children). I’ve always called it scheduling my day.

    At work, what really helps me is a deadline-drive to-do list. I can see what meetings I have to prepare for and what deliverables I must do by week, so if I am feeling a little aimless or tempted to stand at the proverbial water cooler, I just reference that list and start working on the next item.
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  2. Hey! This sounds super helpful, and I’m definitely going to start moving in this direction. I’m not a mom, but I am a teacher, and when I’m not in the classroom, I have a number of tasks from emailing to planning lessons, to writing reports etc, and it’s hard for me to organize myself and keep myself on task! I can empathize with my students, lol. I was wondering if you would be able to share what this looks like for you on paper. Do you write out your blocks at the start of each day? Or do you do a weekly overview? It would be awesome if you could post an example. Thanks so much! I feel like this method is going to be so beneficial for me.

  3. LOVE this post! I especially love how you talk about getting the tasks done as soon as possible. I am such a procrastinator and so I need this reminder a lot. My thought is always – ‘Oh, I have some time later today to do that.’ and then truly regret that later in the day.

    • If I “eat that frog” and do the thing that I don’t want to do first, my whole day is productive. It’s such a great trick and makes such a difference in my life!

  4. I do something very similar. I saw it somewhere on the internet and they call it commercial breaks. Anytime a commercial comes on the TV you get up and do your job. I am not really a TV watcher, but I have it on for background noise. You would be surprised at how much you get done during one TV show.In one hour show you will have about 20 minutes of commercials.

  5. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to start it! I am very easily overwhelmed and have trouble figuring out where to start. This will help me a lot! I also have a 2 year old and a 3 month old so finding time is difficult, but I think I can find 15 minutes at a time!

  6. I came across this post on Pinterest, and tried “Block scheduling” today – I was amazed at how much more focused I stayed with a written list with clear times written down for each of my tasks. I’m bad about making a mountain out of a mole hill so to speak when it comes to cleaning – I often wind up cleaning out closets when I merely set out to clean and tidy a room… This helped tremendously – I’ll be incorporating it into my days. Thank you for such a helpful post.

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