How To Create the Best Time Block Schedule System

Moms wear many hats and on some days, it’s hard to know if you’re coming or going. Learning how to create the best time block schedule system is your ticket to less overwhelm and greater productivity.

So far We’ve talked about the “S” in the acrostic SPIRIT-LED which is Seek God’s Will in His Word. We covered the “P” which is to Pray for Direction. We talked about the I which is Inventory Your Life. Then we talked about the “R” which is Record what God Reveals. And we finished the last episode with the second “I” which is Identify Obstacles and Solutions.

You had assignments for each of those segments and if you’ve completed them all, you now have a list of categories you want to create goals for and scriptures for each category. Then you prayed over these categories and scriptures and asked for God’s direction.

You also journaled what God has revealed and have taken the assessment to discover your top gifts and strengths. And if you completed all of the assignments, you have written out goals for each category AND you have your list of obstacles and solutions for each goal.

Armed with all of this information, we are now ready to Time Block—the “T” in SPIRIT-LED goals. Time Block simply means we’re going to add our goals to our calendar. But we’re not going to do it all willy-nilly. We have a plan for this.

Listen below for the entire episode on The Goodbye Boss, Hello Kids Podcast

How do I create a block schedule?

There are many different ways to create a block schedule, and having some block schedule examples can help get you started. Essentially it begins with shifting from living hour by hour, to living block by block.

Your first step is going to be organizing your goals into quarters, months and weeks. Which goals will you tackle during first quarter? Second? Third? or Fourth?

Next, assign each quarterly goal to a specific month that you will work on it. Now, take your goals for the month and prioritize them—what are the 3 to 5 goals you want to commit to? Which weeks will you work on them?

So guys, we now have our quarterly goals written down, and we’ve decided which months we’re going to tackle them in, and we’ve even assigned them to specific weeks of the month.

Now we need to schedule them into your planner.

In the SPIRIT-LED worksheets pack, if you grabbed your set, there are worksheets to write out the quarterly goals, the monthly goals, and your weekly goals. Then in the packet, there’s a time block schedule. This is one of the most popular downloads from my site—the Anchor Method Time Block Schedule System.

The Time Block schedule allows you to segment your days by blocks of activities. Time blocking simply means that you create several smaller to-do lists each day instead of one really long list. You then take those smaller lists and tackle them during different “blocks” of time throughout the day.

It works by helping you focus your time on certain tasks during a specific block of time in your day. I use 3- and 4-hour time blocks and dedicate each block to specific types of tasks.

Weekly block schedule system

Create the Best Block Schedule System

So how do you create your time blocks?

Start by identifying the times that are non-negotiable– nap times for your kiddos, school pick-up time, lunch, dinner, homeschool, and so on. Arrange your block times around those events and then see where you have available time left.

Next, you want to schedule in your set appointments and events. Then you can add in your goals and To Do items. Be realistic and don’t plan too many activities when you don’t really have the time to accomplish them all. You want to set yourself up for success, not failure.

Plan one week at a time, maybe at the beginning of the week on a Sunday, and then at the end of the week, evaluate what you were able to get done.

Celebrate the weekly goals you completed. Reward yourself for sticking to it and getting it down. Then move any unfinished items to the next week.

So I’ll give you an example… here’s how I time block

1 – I do a brain dump. I use the “Brain Dump” worksheet in the pack but you can use a blank sheet of paper. I write down everything I want and need to get down that week. Big and small tasks. I just put everything down.

2 – Next I review my goals and add the ones for the week to the list.

3 – Then I prioritize the list. And I have a great worksheet for prioritizing in the worksheets pack. It helps you sort your To Do list into high priority and low priority items and then prompts you to pray over each item on your list before you begin working on them.

4 – So once I prioritize the list, I add the top items—the ones I really need to accomplish—to the weekly plans.

5 – Then I use the Anchor Method Time Block Schedule to assign them to the appropriate blocks for my day.

For those of you who are cringing right now at the thought of all of this formal planning, it really doesn’t take that much time. And it saves you so much time when you can focus on the most important things first.

I encourage you to try it or some type of planning so that you are accomplishing more in your day. As mamas, we need every extra minute we can squeeze out of the day.

Live Your Goals in Faith

Now that you’ve added our goals to your planner, it’s time for the “L” in SPIRIT-LED goals which is L-ive out your goals in faith.

It’s time now to walk in faith, mamas! You’ve already received direction and assurance from God so now it’s time for you to act.

You may have been dreaming about some of your goals for years. And maybe you have been asking God to bless in those areas for the past few months.

Could it be that God is waiting for you to act?

You may remember the story in Joshua chapter 3. Joshua was leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land and they got to the Jordan river. They camped there until God told them to move. For three days they camped there before God told them to move.

And God told Joshua that the priests were to walk into the water before it would part. The soles of their feet had to dip into the edge of the water. You can read it in Joshua 3:14-16.

The Bible explains that the Jordan river at that time was overflowing its banks. And they had to take the first step, in faith, before the waters parted. So this wasn’t some little stream. There were probably some pretty strong waves going on and it was most likely deep.

They had to obey what God had told them and believe that He would do what He had said BEFORE they saw the miracle.

We also have to sometimes take a step in faith in what appears to us to be an overwhelming, impossible situation. We have to remember that if we’re following after God, He will lead us, He’s with us, and He will always be with us.

God puts us in a place to succeed, but He doesn’t do the work for us.

Think back to the times God has shown Himself faithful. He’s the same God now.

Take that first step. Live out your goals in faith. Ask God to open doors that need to be opened and shut doors that need to be shut.

God provides for us over and over and over again so that when we get to situations we cannot control, we can look back over His track record and we can gain the faith we need to move forward.

God never fails. He never makes a mistake. And if we trust Him, He will blow our minds with what He can do on our behalf.

If God has called you to do something, He’s already given you the victory. You just have to claim it. God has given us ample evidence of His power and our only job is to move forward in faith.

Listen, Sweet Mama. God cares about your finances. He cares about your desire to make money from home so you can help provide for your family. God supports your decision to get healthy and lose weight. He wants nothing more than to see your marriage restored.

Claim God’s promises and start working toward your goals.

There’s someone listening to me right now who knows they can’t stay where they are in life—wishing for better, wishing for more—God is saying take that step forward, my daughter. I will be with you. I’ve promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

If you are not living up to the call God has on your life because you are afraid, you will miss out on the blessing God has for you.

God’s calling will require us to move out of our comfort zones. It will cause us to trust in a Power we cannot see. But if He called you to it, He can bring you through it.

God’s got us, Sweet Mama. Let’s rest in His everlasting arms as we move forward in achieving our goals in faith.

In our next episode, we’ll conclude our discussion of SPIRIT-LED goals with the “E” Evaluate and Adjust, and the “D” – Don’t Quit. You won’t want to miss it, so meet me back here next time. Until then, I pray God’s blessings over you.

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