The Best Block Scheduling System for Busy Moms
Hi. My name is Roz and I am a planner junkie.
Ask anyone in my family and they’ll likely tell you that I am obsessed with planners and I have bought way too many.
Let me explain…
Moms wear many hats and on some days, it’s hard to know if you’re coming or going. And not only am I a mom, I’m also a homeschool teacher and entrepreneur, so I’m juggling a lot of different responsibilities.
I needed an efficient and effective way to keep track of all of the priorities and tasks that were on my plate. So, logically (at least to me), I needed a good planner.
Not just one of those pretty fru-fru ones, but a planner that was simple and easy to use. One that could organize, well, my life–my work-a-home mom life.
“So,” you ask, “what did you find to help you be more efficient?” I’m glad you asked. Let me introduce you to the best block scheduling system for busy moms.
How does a block schedule work?
Let me be fair. Someone reading this may not be familiar with how a block schedule works, so I’ll explain it first.
If you google block scheduling, you’ll likely find that it’s used in schools to structure blocks of time for student learning. However, outside of school, it simply means that you create several smaller to-do lists each day instead of one really long one. You then take those smaller lists and tackle them during different “blocks” of time throughout the day.
So how does a block schedule work in real life? 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. I’ll share more details below.
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.
Start by creating a master list of tasks that need to be done. You then separate those tasks by type, like housework, work at home job, errands, etc. Next, divide your day into 3- to 4-hour blocks–like 6am – 9am; 9am to 12pm, etc. Take your master list of To-Dos and assign them to the appropriate blocks of time.
For instance, my first block is from 4:30 – 6:00 a.m., and during this time, I do the following:
- Wake up
- Worship/Devotion time
- Make bed
These are items from my daily To-Do list and this is the best time of the day to get these items done. Each day may have some tasks that repeat, but often new items come up and have to be added to the schedule.
Here’s one of my block schedule examples:
How do stay at home moms make a schedule?
Stay at home moms often have a very busy schedule. From laundry, planning and cooking meals, running kids to and from school, and maybe even homeschooling, their days can get super overwhelming if not managed.
A block schedule template can work well for stay at home moms. Because interruptions and surprises can happen on a dime, your schedule needs to be as flexible, yet organized, as possible. By scheduling your day in blocks, you can better handle unexpected events in your day.
Start by identifying the times that are non-negotiable–nap-time, 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.
Here’s a sample block schedule for stay at home moms:
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Get kids ready
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Work at home
This gives you an idea of how stay at home moms make a schedule that’s centered around blocks of time vs. hour by hour.
How effective is block scheduling?
Just how effective is block scheduling? It’s as effective as the time and effort you put into planning and following it. I’ve found block scheduling to be the answer to my overwhelm. I now have a guide for what to do when, with the flexibility that allows for interruptions in my day.
Best Block Scheduling System for Busy Moms
As I mentioned in this post, I’m a big fan of Jordan Page’s Budget Bootcamp. And when I came across Jordan’s block scheduling system in her Productivity Bootcamp, it was an answer to my problems. I loved the structure of the time blocks and the flexibility of the tasks within each block. For me, it was the best block scheduling system for a busy mom like me.
Below, is a free printable block schedule template I arranged using some of her tips and techniques. I highly suggest you take Jordan’s course for the full lesson on how to be more productive (psst use my affiliate link for 10% off!).
Printable Block Scheduling System for Busy Moms
If you like being a little creative and want to make your own time blocking template, you can get started with this free printable block schedule template.
Get your time blocking template. It’s easy to set up your own time blocking system using this block schedule printable. Download it to your desktop and print it out to use each week. I hope you love it as much as I do!