Time blocking is one of the most useful things I think I picked up from Deep Work by Cal Newport (which I know I’ve been talking about a lot, but it’s a great book!). It’s the act of splitting your day into 30-minute intervals down one side of a notebook and first thing in the morning blocking out what you’re going to do and when.
And everytime something takes longer or something unexpected occurs it’s as simple as starting again with the time you have left and really deliberating what you’re going to do with the time you’ve got.
Yesterday was the first day I didn’t do it, by choice, I wanted a more relaxing day, but it’s fascinating to notice how much less I got done, because I was still at my computer but with no guide for the day the time just whiled away with a lot less to show for it than normal.
And yes that will partly be because I was taking it easier but it wasn’t the only factor and it was still really interesting to notice and feel the difference. Cal Newport has more on his website.