One morning my husband observed me making his scrambled eggs.
He had to be out the door in ten minutes so I whipped around the kitchen like a seasoned chef. He saw me crack eggs into a bowl and drop the shells in the sink. Right before I washed my hands I scooped up the shells, dropping them in the trash behind me. “Why didn’t you just use the disposal for the shells?”
While cooking, I explained why I thought it would take longer. I have to step over and move dishes in the drain rack to flip on the disposal switch. Sometimes I wrongly pick the light switch. I have to turn on the water, find the dish scrubber to stuff the shells down the drain (I’m not using my hand!), blend them up, then turn off the disposal switch.
In my mind, it’s faster to take one step and drop them in the trash. And then I said: “I don’t like to waste time.” I’m always looking for little ways to save time. I’m a fan of productivity over busyness any day. That’s why I like using the 30-minute scheduling method.
When I wrote about it before, many of you asked for worksheets (see below). So I’m going to show you the easy-peasy way of implementing it.
What Is the 30-Minute Scheduling Method?
With this system, you divide your day into 30-minute time blocks, then assign all your tasks into them. Pre-made decisions drastically cut the time spent on the hour-to-hour decision making. It also helps you systematically tackle projects. For example, if you set 9:00-9:30 to work on it 6 days a week, at the end of the week you would have accomplished three hours of work on it.
The fact is, you don’t have time for something but rather you make time for the things you do. That can be very freeing.
If you use a schedule, then you’ll have more time than you realize, you won’t neglect God-given responsibilities, and often will have time left over.
Who the 30-Minute Scheduling Method Works For
1. Writers. As bloggers, you know how many skills it takes to fulfill this calling.
2. Homeschool moms. You do the job of several people and your school needs to run as smoothly as any other institution.
3. SAHMs and WAHMs. When you are at home, it’s easy to take the “I have freedom” fact into “too much freedom” trap.
4. Kids. Your kid arrives home from school on the weekdays and they need to be kept on task with home responsibilities.
5. Workaholics. You might need this if you feel guilty about scheduling sleep or rest. A well-rested body and mind are just as important to productivity as intentional planning.
6. Business owners. Or the perfect solution for anyone who wants to have detailed control over their time.
No matter who you are, no one likes to live with an ongoing cycle of wasted hours that cripples your calling.”
Implementing the 30-Minute Schedule
Figuring out your daily tasks and plugging them into the 30-minute scheduling method can be like putting together an advanced jigsaw puzzle.
(Or maybe that’s how it feels when you’re trying to coordinate the schedule for yourself, two middle-schoolers that you homeschool, a preschooler, and a toddler.)
It can take a long time to think everything through, but the good part is, once it’s done, it’s almost like having a second brain. Hallelujah!
After filling out your schedule, make copies of it and post them in prominent places. Eventually, you will have the order memorized and you won’t even need to refer to it.
The people around you will marvel at your awesomeness.
The next step is to apply your new plan. You might need to test it for awhile and make adjustments as needed. Don’t let it stress you out.
My motto is: flexibility is the fluid that makes the schedule flow. It’s a tool to help you cover all your tasks.
3 Ways to Move Through the Schedule
Various means can notify you to move to the next task after the 30 minutes are up. Currently, I use a mixture of the ways below. Do what works for you.
- Watch the clock. You will need a watch or clock nearby to check from time to time. Although this is doable, I found it to be quite distracting. But it works for things like making lunch. An occasional eye on the clock isn’t going to be very distracting for a job like that. But it isn’t practical for tasks that require high concentration.
- Set alarms. If you have an iPhone, you could set silent or vibrating alarms. Musical alarms going all day annoy me, but if it works for you, groovy. These could be set once for daily recurrence to save time. Saving time = win.
- Use an old fashioned timer. Again, if you have an iPhone, you could use the time on it. Once the 30 minutes are up, hit start again. It could be the perfect reminder.
Grab Your Free 30-Minute Method Worksheets
God has entrusted responsibilities to your care; be a good steward of your time so nothing is neglected.
If you’re feeling like you’re not getting the most time out of your day, try this method. Use one of the simple ways above to implement it, and let us know how it goes.
I have created some 30-minute scheduling method worksheets with detailed instructions, including a template. They are in my Insider Resources. Click HERE to have access. ♥
Kelly R. Baker loves to help you seek God daily and thrive. She serves with her husband in leading the worship ministry at their church, and is an author, mentor, and songwriter. You’ll find her sneaking a bite of dark chocolate between keeping her crew of four on the homeschool and household routine.
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