Schedule Planners: The Bullet Journal or the Time Block
There are lots of activities that can get one distracted nowadays, from responding to emails to chatting with an old friend. Hence, it not a surprise that we all have of lot of unchecked tasks on our to-do list.
To improve efficiency, there are some planners designed to help you make the best use of your time. Some of these include the Google Calendar, Bullet journals, time blocking tool, etc. By utilizing these tools, you get to realize how much time is wasted, get all your tasks done, maximize productivity and still get the time out for a walk in the park.
I use Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner. They actually have different designs that you can choose from. Most importantly, you have an option to use it any way that is effective for you. You can use your planner as a bullet journal or you can use time blocking.
The Bullet Journals and the Time Block
The Bullet Journal is a customizable organization system. It serves as your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary; all in a book.
Time Blocking is also a scheduling tool for time management. However, the tool helps you focus on tasks based on their categories. It helps you ensure that each category of tasks is accomplished in relation to the time of productivity.
Let’s Take A Look At Some Differences Between The Bullet Journal And The Time Blocking
By ensuring that every activity is properly considered, the time block helps you ensure that the “small time” spent on phone calls, chatting on social media, responding to emails and paying of bills is well accounted for. This takes away all major form of distractions that might stand in the way of getting your tasks done.
The Bullet Journal, on the other hand, focuses mainly on the major tasks of the day.
Period of schedules
Unlike the bullet Journal which is a vertical or horizontal representation of daily activities drawn on a daily basis, time blocking is designed to accommodate every day of the week in one draft.
The bullet Journal is designed to manage the time round the clock while the time block is designed to make sure all tasks are accomplished.
The overall essence of using planning tools is to ensure effective time planning. When using the Bullet Journal, each activity is not allocated to any time. Time blocking, however, allocates a block for effective planning of your activities.
Their Importance in Time Management
By assigning tasks in bullet point form in preparing for daily, monthly or yearly activities, you find it easy to keep track. Also, recording the tasks, events etc. as they happen makes it easy to remember them. Assigning signifiers to each task or event help you prioritize activities, and hence, increases productivity. Migrating entries also helps in maximizing productivity as tasks and events which are yet to be done are easily remembered.
Time Blocking increases productivity by helping you prioritize your tasks into time blocks. This allows you to carry out tasks at their specific time. By time blocking, you carry out activities proactively and not reactively, which makes you more productive. Time blocking ensures you focus on one task at a time, hence, producing a better result.
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