A major goal of the Ninja Selling System is to increase your income per hour so that you can have a life. Time Blocking is a key tool to achieving this because it boosts focus and efficiency.
Let’s quickly examine the word block.
Time Blocking is simply breaking your day into blocks of time and then assigning tasks to those blocks of time. In the Ninja Planner, each weekly view section has calendar space for you to Time Block your week. Need an example? Check out pages 8-9 of the 2019 Ninja Planner.
The Ninja Weekly Routine (click to enlarge)
The Perfect Ninja Week (click to enlarge)
Why don’t most of us Time Block?
Permission. We do not give ourselves permission to send that phone call to voicemail or let that text go unanswered for an hour during Time Blocking. If we were in a face to face meeting with a client, we would have no problem not answering these disruptions.
So, why can’t we maintain this discipline when we are working through our Time Blocked tasks that do not involve a face to face meeting? The person on the other end of the phone doesn’t know what you are doing so they aren’t assuming you’ll respond immediately. Yet, we still feel obligated because we have not yet given ourselves permission to make Time Blocking paramount.
This is your permission.
Print** and save this message as proof and read it whenever you need permission. From this day forward, you are granted official permission to send a call to voicemail and not answer text messages during your Time-Blocked tasks. This is your permission to increase your focus and time efficiency. This is your permission to increase your income per hour so you can have a life.
The Ninja Planner Team
** Why not keep this permission on your phone? Modern technology is designed to distract. Learn how to Stay On Your Agenda.
As Larry Kendall points out in his book, Ninja Selling: Subtle Skills. Big Results., we all have a vibe. From Ninja Selling: "As a human, I am both a sender and a receiver of energy. I broadcast my energy at a frequency based on what I am thinking and feeling. Others receive this energy and call it my vibe."
Every Ninja knows about gratitudes for creating positive frequency, but here is another tool to think about and use to create positive frequency in your life.