Shake up Your Schedule

If your mind is scattered, or you are easily distracted, it might be time to shake up your schedule. One of my favorite parts of creating my own work is that I can create my own schedule. Sometimes though, I get a little too flexible and do too much starting and too little finishing.

Because I often work at home, other projects sometimes grab my attention from work. To combat that, I am putting a new schedule to the test for the next week. Want to join me?

I’m testing it out today to see how the time blocks work and officially starting on Monday. There are different versions of this block schedule¬†available, but my days for the next week are going to look like this:

5:30 or 6:00 – 8:00 am
Wake. Meditate. Write. Workout. Walk with Guinness. Green Smoothie. Shower.

8:00 – 9:30
Work Block – Mostly writing with 15 minutes of social media.

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:30
Work Block – Mostly writing with 15 – 30 minutes of email.

11:30 – 1:30
Lunch – Roasted veggie pizza on whole wheat pita. (no cheese), walk or yoga, errands.

1:30 – 3:00
Work Block – Administrative, less creative work.

3:00 – 3:30
Break – Spicy veggie soup.

3:30 – 5:00
Work Block -

5:00 – 5:30
Wrap up and schedule next day

Dinner: Salad with greens, beans, nuts, and seeds + double serving of broccoli or other yummy vegetable.

If I need something sweet during the day I’ll enjoy fruit or vegan banana ice-cream.

There are only 6 scheduled hours of work each day, but I’m really curious to see if I am more creative and productive with the focused blocks. I am going to try and keep my breaks screen free and really limit outside appointments and consulting calls for the first week to see what happens.

At the same time, because I think there is great value in habit stacking, I’ll be dialing in my diet and mostly eating what I’ve listed above. I’ll be drinking lots of water and an occasional espresso and standing for at least 50% of my working blocks.

I’ll be tracking my activities and diet will let you know what happened next Friday. If you are joining me, I’d love to hear about your experience too. If this kind of schedule doesn’t work with your work or lifestyle right now, what changes can you make? Can you experiment with a morning routine or closing your computer at 5pm for the evening?

I’ll be married to my new schedule for at least a week and won’t be working nights, weekends, or anytime other than work blocks. I am looking forward to the shake up.

Shake up your schedule to make room for more focus, better energy and new ideas.