Time Blocking for Beginners

Time Blocking for Beginners & Honey Thyme Margaritas

Have you tried time blocking?

One of my favorite organizer friends is back to chat time blocking for beginners. Kelly Beutler of The Joyful Sort has appeared on previous episodes about goal setting and getting organized to get organized, but today we are diving deeper into her practice of time blocking.

Kelly Beutler is the Owner and Lead Organizer behind The Joyful Sort. She’s a mother of boys, donut aficionado and occasional yogi. After 10 years in the Talent Acquisition field, she decided to combine her love of helping others with her passion for organization and The Joyful Sort was born.

Kelly and I about what time blocking is, how it has benefitted her in her scheduling, and how to get started if you aren’t sure where to start.


First, let’s define “time blocking” or “calendar blocking”. Time blocking is creating blocks of time in your calendar for specific activities. It’s taking to-do’s and assigning them specific chunks of time.

Kelly is feels the greatest benefit of time blocking in her life is honoring her priorities. She is getting done what she needs to get done. And she feels like she is actually moving forward rather than spinning her wheels or falling behind.

When it comes to implementing time blocking, there are several different methods out there. You can block every 15-minute increment from waking until you go to bed. You can create hour long blocks of time during your work hours. Kelly suggests going to Pinterest and doing a bit a research to find a method that works for you. And if you’d like to check out the one-page worksheet from “Just a Girl and Her Blog” she mentions in the episode, you can grab that below.



Serves 1

From The Little Epicurean

Honey Thyme Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 3-inch sprigs fresh thyme

Add water, honey, and thyme to a heavy-bottomed saucepot. Bring to a simmer until the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and let thyme steep for 30 minutes. Strain out thyme. Transfer syrup to an airtight container and keep at room temperature. 


  • 1 1/2 oz silver tequila
  • 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur, like Cointreu
  • 1/2 oz honey thyme syrup (see above)
  • coarse sea salt, to rim serving glass

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and syrup. Shake well until well chilled. Strain into a salt-rimmed serving glass. 

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