Use this free printable time blocking planner to overhaul your busy mom schedule. Name your time for work, family, and self care in an easy to follow plan you can stick to.
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Being a work at home, homeschooling mom of six children, one of which is medically fragile, definitely causes some scheduling issues. I used to feel like I was always running behind and never really accomplishing anything. Then I discovered the concept of time blocking.
I was introduced to time blocking by Rosemarie Groner of the Busy Budgeter. If you are a blogger or want to learn to see how you can become a professional blogger in just 10 hours a week, then her strategy is for you!
Basic Time Blocking
The basic idea of time blocking is breaking up your days and weeks into 30 minute or one hour time blocks and assigning each block of time to a specific task. Once you have done this, you can quickly see what must be done during each hour of your day.
You can download a blank copy of my time blocking template below. This is the exact form that I edit and print off as my schedule changes.
Once you have your time blocks filled in there are a few things you can do to help yourself stick to your plan.
- Print off your weekly plan and post it where you can see it early in the day.
- Consider sharing your plan with your spouse or assistant.
- Put a copy in your planner to carry with you.
Another Favorite Resource for Goals and Time Management
Effective time management is key to achieving goals. It really does not matter if your goals are professional or personal. I recently read a book that has completely overhauled the way I approach my goals: The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran.
Time blocking allows me to plan exact blocks to accomplish the daily tactics in my 12 Week Year goal plan. I highly recommend this book if you would like to accomplish more of your goals in 12 weeks than you typically do in a year!