On a recent episode of the Driven podcast we discussed having a linear vs non-linear approach to planning a product or business launch, which got me thinking about time management…
It’s almost comical how many times smart, productive, well-meaning people have told me, “you just need to time block” when I expressed frustrations in the past about my own productivity or *time management*. Funny thing is, I bet you think I’m plenty productive. Truth is: I am. Very much so.
For a long time I FELT something was semi-impossible about time-blocking while managing multiple businesses, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I wondered how anyone could just predict their own energy everyday like that.
“BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEEL?!” This was my big question. My response has been to manage my ENERGY, not my time.
Sure, I operate in the real world where oftentimes we need to put things on a schedule (which I mostly hate), and I *can* operate around a few things (usually no more than 2 or 3) that are pre-plotted into my day.
But, a framework I learned about maybe six months ago affirmed for me what I’ve FELT for so long.
I’m not built to WORKWORKWORK and expect to be productive or operating as my best self.
In the Human Design framework, I’m a Manifestor. Apparently, Manifestors are about 8-9% of the population and they function best when they essentially sprint, then rest. This explains so much!
It explains why I may seem extroverted at an event, but as soon as it ends I’m on my hotel bed eating my meal ALONE, happily. It explains also why I can GET AFTER IT kicking off new ideas and projects – whether it’s for Balanced Bites Meals or my Beautycounter business – but I *need* my team to carry it out.
I serve as a catalyst whose challenge is to fully inform those around me of what we must do move ahead, then we can do it.
In any event, it’s reassuring to know that we aren’t all MADE to churn and grind all-day at the same pace.
I’ll sprint-rest my way there, and you can jog… clear my calendar if you want the best from me. That’s how I can Manifest what’s possible from myself when I have no limits, expectations, or hard-stops in place.
Check out “Human Design” to learn more – maybe it’ll help you understand yourself better, too.
Do you time block? Or not? Does this resonate with you? Are you someone who enjoys time blocking or do you resist it? Does it work well for you or does your energy never seem to fit your plan? Tell me below.