Time blocking revolutionized the way I approach my weeks, killed burnout, and took my profitability to a whole new level. Now I’m teaching you how to implement time blocking into your business to achieve the same results.
Three years ago, I started my web design business. I knew absolutely nothing and learned it all as I went. Now, I’m sharing that with other creatives to teach them how they can start a profitable web design business.
In this article, we’ll cover:
What is time blocking?
The benefits of time blocking.
How to implement it into your weekly routine.
Examples from my own time-blocked schedule.
Why Is Time Blocking Important?
Real talk… ‘Busy’ isn’t an excuse. It’s not an excuse to:
Leave your clients in the lurch
Run on empty (emotionally, physically, creatively)
Fall out of love with your business
Stop growing your brand
Because here’s the thing: Everyone is busy, babe. Especially online entrepreneurs, done-for-you service providers, and creative CEOs.
And if you can’t beat the ‘busy’, then it’s time to manage it instead. With a little something called: time blocking. It’s the time management technique that truly allowed me to increase profitability, maximize productivity and reduce stress in a way I never thought possible.
Mozart said: “The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time”, and I couldn’t think of a better way to sum up time blocking.
Defined? Time blocking is the act of organizing your day into blocks of time dedicated to accomplishing specific, categorized tasks (rather than approaching your to-do list with zero structure or prioritization).It also helps you dedicate time to social media – meaning you’ll keep growing your brand.
To effectively time block, you need to focus on many different aspects of your life. These include:
Clients and projects
Reflecting at the end of each workday – looking at what was accomplished, and what wildcard tasks need to be completed the following day.
Reducing distractions, and remaining committed to your schedule (while keeping some space for the unexpected)
Benefits of Time Blocking
Marketing, retainer clients, one-off projects, lead nurturing, onboarding, onboarding, offers, launches, accounting, health, hobbies, and date nights. And that’s not even half the story of entrepreneurship.
Time blocking takes those tasks and puts them onto paper, ensuring there’s time for everything that matters in your week.
The benefits of time blocking for online business owners (like web designers) include:
Organizing and reducing the stress associated with managing different projects, clients, projects, and goals at once.
Replacing a reactive business approach with a proactive one (such as responding to emails or messages at dedicated times, as opposed to addressing them as they come in).
Removing interruptions, and haphazardly scheduled meetings throughout the week.
Ensuring enough space in the week to set and reach goals, get creative, and enjoy the big-picture thinking of running a creative online business.
Promoting time awareness
Focusing on deep work, as opposed to shallow, low-quality output.
Combatting perfectionism, procrastination, and multitasking.
So how can you achieve the same in your business?
How To Implement Time Blocking In Your Online Business
Start by carving out time for you, first and foremost.
I love to designate an entire day to just me (and my business). I call it a ‘CEO Day’. For me, this falls on a Monday, giving me a generous three-day weekend and a whole lot of freedom over how I kick off my week.
On a ‘CEO Day’, I:
DO NOT book any meetings
DO focus on business growth strategies
DO NOT answer emails, DMs, or other business-related correspondence
DO create marketing content
DO NOT touch any client work
DO get into my ‘Creative CEO’ time – ideating new freebies, reels, offers, and launches
DO NOT allow myself to work to the later hours unless I’m truly feeling it
Taking your CEO day into account, plan out how many hours you can realistically dedicate to your clients that week. Consider when your energy, creativity, and motivation are highest (and lowest), then delegate in line with this.
Success was never a question for me. Even after dropping out of high school and living the “digital nomad” lifestyle with absolutely no plan in place, I knew for a fact that there were big things waiting for me. When I found the online space in 2016, everything clicked. Starting as a VA, I finally found something that I could do while traveling the world (which is all I’ve ever really wanted out of life). But despite the fact that I was no longer tied down to a place of work, I was still limited in my income and feeling creatively unfulfilled. When I finally decided to allow myself to be the passionate creative that I am deep down, and took the plunge into the world of website design, everything changed for me. I work on my own time, with unlimited income potential, designing websites for passionate entrepreneurs, and I can teach you to do the same.
If you’re wondering where life could take you as a creative who feels allergic to the 9-5 lifestyle, I’d like to welcome you into my family. I gave a resounding “f*ck no” to the “traditional” a long time ago, and I’ve seen just how beautiful it can be when you chase your passions and turn them into massive profit.
150+ websites, 1,300+ students, and MILLIONS of dollars earned by my students… that’s a recipe for living a life that you’re excited to brag about.
High school dropout turned creative multi-millionaire.
Letting you in on the secrets to living your best damn life.
Becca Luna is a free-spirited, anti-gatekeeping queen who teaches passionate people to turn their creative drive into a profitable online web design business. She’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs build the life of their dreams. Want to be next?