I’ve been an advocate for time blocking for years. I’ve shared everything I know about time blocking back in my Time Blocking 101 post. This year, I created a daily planner printable that has a time blocking section for each day. This is the best way to create a realistic plan so you can get more done every day. The daily planner page includes space for your daily task planning as well as a section for you to block your time so you can be more productive.
This year I decided to add my time blocking into my daily planner pages. My days were getting busier and I needed one place to track my tasks and schedule.
I wanted to have my time blocking schedule in front of me each day, instead of having to turn to my weekly page. To help me stick to my schedule I created this printable daily planner page with a time blocking section.
Why Should You Try Time Blocking?
- You are feeling overwhelmed each day, trying to manage all of your tasks, errands, and schedule.
- You never have enough time to complete your tasks
- You get easily distracted and find it hard to focus.
- You often can’t focus on one task at a time
- You want to have more control over your time.
Why is Daily Time Blocking so beneficial?
Our lives are filled with distractions, it is easy to quickly become overwhelmed and forget what we were doing. With phone calls, emails, text messages, and non-stop notifications from other programs, it’s no wonder we struggle to get things done.
A daily time blocking template will help you to plan the day ahead, including your top 3 priorities, a list of your most important tasks, and your time blocking schedule for the day. Everything is in one place.
Instead of floating through your day without direction and purpose, you will now have a plan to help you complete your tasks and reach your goals.
Because the time blocking schedule is on each day you can change your schedule depending on your plans for the day, you don’t have to plan out a whole week at one time.
Paper or Digital Planning?
While I do like to keep most of my long-term planning and tasks on my computer, I usually prefer to use pen and paper to plan out my time blocking.
Using this printed daily template will keep you from going back to your computer or phone to see what task is next. You can avoid these distractions when you use a printable daily template.
Time blocking allows you to create boundaries in your day so that Creating small chunks of time when you can completely focus on a singular task. This allows you to structure your day and know that all of your important tasks have a place. Once you know that your major tasks are scheduled your brain can start focusing on the current task.
This file can also be used in Goodnotes or other digital notebooks. Using Goodnotes with this time blocking template might be easier if you prefer to save on paper and keep things digital. I’ve started to do some of my planning in Goodnotes on my iPad and I’m surprised how much I like it.
You can easily download this PDF and upload it into Goodnotes.
What is included on this Daily Planning Page with Time Blocking
Top 3 priorities
To help you stay focused on what really matters I’ve included a space to write out your top 3 priorities of the day. I usually fill this out first to help me set my intentions for the day.
Fill out this section with all of your to-dos for the day, listing all of the tasks I plan to accomplish today. You can get creative when creating your task list and add sections if you find it helpful. I like to break my list up into 2 sections “Work” and “Home”
Once I have my To-Do list written down I start blocking my time. Remember these tips to help you create a better time block schedule.
- Be realistic with your time. You’ll want to make sure you are setting aside enough time for each block.
- Leave “white space” These blocks are great to use for breaks or as a buffer so you can catch up if you’ve gone over the time in any of your blocks.
- Batch your tasks. This is one of the keys to making time blocking work. If you have 3 tasks that all need to be done on the computer, try to batch those task together in one time block. For example if I need to make 3 phone calls I create one phone call block. This is especially helpful when you do creative work, it allows you to avoid task switching and get into a flow.
Get your free Daily Time Blocking Worksheet:
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The fine print:
For personal use only. Please do not reproduce or redistribute without written permission. Classroom use is permitted.
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