Get organized for Spring and all your Easter activities with these free printable Easter Time Management & Time Blocking Worksheets.
I am thinking of the colors of spring When I think of these colors I think of crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths. I remember new green grass, bluebells, Easter Sunday dresses, Easter Baskets, and Easter bunnies. Ok… let me get truthful… chocolate Easter bunnies, dark chocolate bunnies, yellow peeps, pink peeps, marshmallow eggs, marshmallow bunnies, jelly beans, and Cadbury Mimi eggs (do not get me started as I can not stop). Do you see a theme, I love spring and I love Easter (and I love Easter Candy).
But with Spring and Easter starts so much activity in our family. Between kids’ schedules, sports, school, yard work, gardening, working, and blogging, I can hardly keep up let alone remember all I have to do. That is why I design Time Blocking Printable Worksheets.
How I Changed my Attitude about Time
When I was a mom of young children I thought multitasking was the solution to time. If a mom does not perform 3 tasks at once, nothing would get done or stay organized. I now know as a mom of an older grown family that Task Batching is the solution to getting more done in a shorter amount of time.
Batching my tasks helps me to work more productively and helps me to remember each step. If I only do a repetitive task once in a while I have to relearn the steps all over again. So it is better to do multiples all at once. If I am making Pom Poms for a wreath for several seasons, it is better to get in the grove and make Pom Poms all at once. I have my supplies and I get into a roll. That way all the Pom Poms are uniform and I get a lot done all at the same time.
If I am drafting social media posts, I get more done in less amount of time if I pre-draft a whole month at one time. If I try to do one a day I have to rethink all the steps each day.
Making lists and then plugging in all the appointments, practices, and meetings, I can see the blocks of time I have for all the things on my list. I look for big and small Blocks of Time in my week and plug in the tasks on my list. Taking 30 minutes blocks of time I start filling in all the items that are most important for the week. I have my tasks broken down into 10 to 15 minute tasks so that any items can be easily be done in 30 minutes, no matter, if you are interrupted for the hundredth time about “why, do the clouds not fall” or why is the sky blue” questions.
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How to Time Block
- Print out the Time Blocking Printable, grab a cup of coffee, and plan out your week.
- Write everything down no matter small.
- Start with the appointment and things that are out of your control. School obligations, doctor appointments, and work if you work outside the home.
- Now, look at the block of time that is left.
- Set out three goals you want to get done this year and break them down into small steps. Actions that can take only 15 to 30 minutes.
- Take one or two of the block of time for the week and start one small step at a time.
- Friday is on both sheets as my Friday’s always changing form the workweek to the weekend. If I do not need this space I use it to brainstorm.
Remember only you see how you have set out your week and you can change it or start all over at any time. Life with kids and a family will always mess up your plans but it is not about sticking to a schedule as seeing the time you can if you want to make for bigger goals in your life.