Hyper-Scheduling: Commentary on MacSparky’s Granular Time Blocking Method

In a post entitled, Hyper-Scheduling, David Sparks (a/k/a MacSparky) writes about his method of time blocking on a granular level. This week, the ProductivityCast team provides their commentary, challenges and methods on this concept of hyper-scheduling, which will hopefully spark ideas on how you can better manage your time-based work. (If you’re reading this in a podcast directory/app, please visit https://productivitycast.net/137 for clickable links and the full show notes and transcript of this cast.) Enjoy! Give us feedback! And, thanks for listening! If you’d like to continue discussing Hyper-Scheduling: Commentary on MacSparky’s Granular Time Blocking Method from this episode, please click here to leave a comment down below (this jumps you to the bottom of the post). In this Cast | Hyper-Scheduling: Commentary on MacSparky’s Granular Time Blocking Method Ray Sidney-Smith Augusto Pinaud Art Gelwicks Francis Wade Show Notes | Hyper-Scheduling: Commentary on MacSparky’s Granular Time Blocking Method Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context. Hyper-scheduling – MacSparky  Unschedule How to Use the Unschedule – Video Tutorial  Google Assistant Time-Based Actions: Events – https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/7678386?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid Reminders – https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/9387035?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid Timers – https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7028899?hl=en Raw Text Transcript | Hyper-Scheduling: Commentary on MacSparky’s Granular Time Blocking Method Raw, unedited and machine-produced text transcript so there may be substantial errors, but you can search for specific points in the episode to jump to, or to reference back to at a later date and time, by keywords or key phrases. The time coding is mm:ss (e.g., 0:04 starts at 4 seconds into the cast’s audio). Read More Voiceover Artist 0:00Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you’ve come to the right place. ProductivityCast the weekly show about all things productivity, here are your hosts, Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17Welcome back, everybody to ProductivityCast the weekly show about all things personal productivity. I’m Ray Sidney-Smith. Augusto Pinaud 0:23I’m Augusto Pinaud. Francis Wade 0:24I’m Francis Wade. Art Gelwicks 0:25And I’m Art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:26Welcome, gentlemen. And welcome to our listeners to this episode, today, we are going to be talking about the calendar and really how to utilize the calendar to be more effective, really related to David Sparks. And some of you may know him as Mac Sparky at macsparky.com and the Mac Power Users podcast, he has been writing about something that he calls hyper-scheduling since 2018. And I thought we would actually tackle this topic in terms of just covering what he is really talking about in his series of articles around this. And so in 2018, he wrote this article that he said he was experimenting over the last month, in essence doing more deliberate scheduling of his time. And so really, what it looks like is a an explanation of what is time blocking the idea of being able to put blocks of time in your schedule. In his particular case, he’s calling it hyper-scheduling, I believe, because he is identifying more granular times where he’s doing things. So instead of say, large swaths of time for the day, he’s putting smaller and smaller blocks of time in the calendar for particular activities. And he defines various blocks. And he gives you the opportunity to be able to think about your own world in terms of what those smaller, more granular blocks could be, for purposes of having a schedule that you can fall in line with, as you make your way through the day.