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The Trouble with Time Blocking (Who Else Has a Calendar like This?)


Thursday, 5:36 AM
December 2, 2019

Hey friend,

Sorry for the radio silence last week. I didn’t want to add to the chaos of your Black Friday inbox…

Too much email

Anyhow, now sanity is restored – back to business!

Do you remember how last time we talked about the biggest productivity problem people face? The fact that they often don’t realise they have a productivity problem in the first place?

If you don’t remember, go re-read that email, print it out and staple it to the forehead of your chattiest co-worker.

Done that? Ok, awesome.

Now hold that thought, because we’ll come back to it later in the week when we discuss exactly how to end your productivity problems forever.

Today though, I want to talk about this… 👇

Time Blocking Calendar

This isn’t a horribly played game of Tetris.

This is a screenshot a client sent me last week from their calendar.

A screenshot they sent to explain why they missed one of our coaching calls.

A screenshot that brings back horrible memories from my early days building productivity systems.

One that makes me want to run away, hide in a hole and never look at this calendar again. 🤮

You feel me?

But the reason I’m sharing this with you isn’t to make you feel miserable.

It’s because if there was ever a screenshot which showed what your calendar should NEVER EVER end up like…

THIS 👆 is it.

Now, the good news is that there’s actually a lot of great stuff going on here.

And with just a small change, this calendar could be awesome.

Because the mistake this particular client is making is this…

They’re using their calendar to time-block the things they would like to do when the only thing that should ever appear on your calendar are the things you must do.

Let me repeat that: the only thing that should ever appear on your calendar are the appointments, reminders and events that must happen at a specific time and/or date. Nothing else.

Why is that so important?

Because if your calendar looks like this 👆 then every time you look at it, several things happen…

First, you’ll feel instantly overwhelmed.

Second, you’ll feel stressed and guilty about the stuff you’re not doing.

And finally, by combining what’s vital with what’s “nice-to-do”, you’re forcing yourself to do mental jujitsu every time you look at your schedule.

Result? You’re going to resist looking at this calendar as much as possible.

And that means you’re going to let important things (like your coaching calls) slip through the net.

So what’s the alternative? That’s a great question! ⭐️

The answer isn’t to stop planning your ideal day (or week) in advance.

In fact, time-blocking tomorrow’s ideal schedule each evening is one of the most powerful productivity habits you’ll ever acquire.

The answer is to take that process OUT of your calendar.

The answer is to use something like the “Ideal Day” section on the daily pages of TAoL’s TRACKTION Planner.

That way, you can plan your day in advance AND enjoy a clear, uncluttered calendar that tells you where you need to be, when and why, without having to solve a scheduling Rubik’s cube every time that you look at it.

And separating your nice-to-do’s (ideal day) from your must-do’s (calendar) in this way won’t just make you less likely to forget things.

It’ll give you control of your calendar.

It’ll help you get more big things done.

And it’ll help you’ll feel far, far happier and on top of things than you will be loading everything into one bloated piece of calendar software.

Now, the good news is that right now, you can get your first beautifully crafted, 292-page, 90-day TRACKTION Planner for just $19.

(And that includes free, global shipping AND a 100% money-back guarantee.)

The bad news is that when I wake up tomorrow I’ll be changing that pricing forever.

You heard me.

At some point in the next 36-hours, I’ll be scrapping that initial $10 discount, permanently and it’ll be a very long time before the planner is available again at anything close to that price.

So if you’d like to clear up your calendar…

Or if you’d like to try out the sharp end of a productivity system that’s rocked hundreds of lives

Get in there fast:

You’ve got about 36 hours before the price of your first TRACKTION Planner goes up forever.

And until next time, have a great week, be awesome and go well 🙌

Arthur “Keep It Simple Kids” Worsley
6:59 AM

Arthur Worsley
Arthur Worsley
Arthur is a thinker and writer who helps people who want more from their lives learn to be more productive, find more balance and live life more meaningfully. Want to know more? Take this 2-minute quiz to discover your Productivity Quotient (PQ) and learn how to get BIG things done. Take the Quiz →

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