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How to Schedule Your Tasks with Calendar Blocks by sarah.blog

How to Schedule Your Tasks with Calendar Blocks

As I’ve settled into my work at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com, which is remote and requires self-discipline and managing my own time well, I’ve tried several different methods of scheduling my tasks and keeping track of my time. I used this method of calendar blocks for several months very successfully. (The past few months I’ve been trying a more digital bullet journal-type method, which I’ll share the details of soon, in case you’re not a calendar person.) Mapping out your day with calendar blocks isn’t anything fancy, but it can definitely get the job done if you’re needing to assign tasks to the hours of your day to stay on top of things. This quote basically explains why it works: “When it comes to task completion the major difference between a calendar and a to-do-list is that the calendar accounts for time. You’re forced to work within the constraints of the 24 hours that you have. Not only that, given that there are only 24 hours it also reduces the paradox of …

Top Tips for Working Remotely

If you work remotely or have considered it, you’ve most likely seen lots of advice about how to do it successfully, including how you should dress like you’re going into an office or have a whole room dedicated for your office space. And you know what? I don’t agree. I’ve worked remotely successfully for over two years now (currently: at Automattic for WordPress.com), and the secret is: Do what works best for you. Try lots of variations until you get the right combination, and then be willing to change it up once those things aren’t working as well for you anymore. Here are my top tips for how to work from home: Wear whatever you want! Take advantage of not having to go into an office and dress however you’re most comfortable while working. Do you need the structure of a business casual outfit to get in the right mindset? Fine. But if you don’t? Get cozy! My loungewear and sweatpants collection has expanded vastly over the past two years. When they became my work …

Ideas for Self-Care

As I mentioned yesterday, I took the day off to rest up and recover after WCUS, and spent the day snacking/gaming/reading/watching TV. It was excellent and so needed. Working remotely can make it easy to ignore certain needs, because you don’t have to drag yourself to an office and can stay home all day — And isn’t that relaxing enough? And sure, it is a lot of the time, but not always & a break for work can be good for anyone. Since I’m a firm believer in taking care of yourself (so that you can be happy & have the energy to take care of others), I’ve compiled a bunch of ideas for self-care to hopefully inspire you to do a few (and inspire some more ideas for your own personal list). If you want to stay in your house: get comfortable & listen to an audiobook read for pleasure (I’ve got some recs here – try romance!) take a late night bath by candlelight prepare an elaborate, delicious meal for yourself keep a journal of lists of …

Rest Day

I took today off work after working yesterday and realizing I really needed a break after a very social long weekend in Philly for WordCamp US.  I spent the day lounging on my couch, eating snacks, playing Fallout 4 on PS4, starting my friends new YA novel (The Trouble with Destiny), and finishing season one of Jessica Jones. (I will tell you what I think of these three things soon.) I didn’t use my voice from the time my husband left for work until he got home in the evening. It was just what I needed. I’m diving back into work tomorrow, but I’m happy I work somewhere that allows me the flexibility to realize I need a break to recharge and take it. No questions asked. No guilt. That’s not as common as it should be, so I’ve added it to the list of reasons I love working at Automattic. (Psst… We’re always hiring.)

Automattic Grand Meetup Time!

I left Seattle today to head to Utah for Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup, which is in Park City this year. Back in April, I was very excited to be hired as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com and now, almost six months later, it’s finally GM time and I’m getting to meet a whole bunch of great people. We normally work remotely, so this is our chance to all hang out in person. (I met six coworkers total before this, at other events, but this week involves almost 400! So, whoa!) We’re sharing updates from GM wherever hashtags work, so follow along with #a8cgm if you’re interested. (I’ll be posting on Twitter & Instagram.) It’s going to be a busy/fun/exhausting/great week!

Job Happiness & Working it Out

I’m approaching three months as a full-time (non-trial) Happiness Engineer at Automattic, and I’m so, so happy. I have a job I enjoy, and lets me be (remotely) surrounded by great people. I have a job that I learn from every day, and that I want to keep doing. I worked hard to get it (the trial period is no joke) and I’m so grateful to have it. If you’re still searching for the right place for you: Don’t settle. Keep looking. Be Bold. It’s worth it.