When people go into business for themselves, start working from home, or both, they often assume it will be much easier than working for someone else in an office. As many entrepreneurs before you can attest, this just isn’t true. With no one there to tell you when and how to complete certain tasks, you may find yourself feeling lost and unmotivated. Time blocking is one tip than can help with this.
What is Time Blocking?
As much as you might wish you had an unlimited supply of time and energy, the reality is that both have limits. To make the most of the time and energy you do have, block sections of time to ensure that you complete the most important tasks of the day and that you have the energy to do so. With the Pomodoro Technique, you divide your day into 25-minute blocks of time and take short breaks in between. You can use the break times to check email or social media if you wish but avoid the temptation to do this while you’re working.
Many entrepreneurs report that they have laser-sharp focus once they switch to using the Pomodoro Technique. One of the biggest reasons for this is that it eliminates distractions. However, you also need to commit to giving yourself a few minutes of free time at the end of each 25-minute block where you don’t engage in work activities.
Walk as Much as Possible
The developers of the Pomodoro Technique recommend taking five minutes away from work at the end of each 25-minute session. This gives you plenty of time to get up and walk around away from the many tasks that still require your attention. Studies show that walking frequently throughout the day, even if it’s just for a few minutes, improves health, energy, and productivity while also reducing stress levels.
Time blocking and walking are just two of many tips that can help you be more productive as an entrepreneur. Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Steadfast Funding Partners if you need help coming up with additional ideas or require business financing.