How to Implement the 30-Minute Scheduling Method (+Free Worksheets)

Learn how to implement the 30-Minute Scheduling Method into your day. Stop living with an ongoing cycle of wasted hours that cripples your calling.

One morning my husband observed me making his scrambled eggs. He had to be out the door in ten minutes so I whipped around the kitchen like a seasoned chef. He saw me crack eggs into a bowl and drop the shells in the sink. Right before I washed my hands I scooped up the shells, dropping them in the trash behind me.

“Why didn’t you just use the disposal for the shells?”

While cooking, I explained why I thought it would take longer. I have to step over and move dishes in the drain rack to flip on the disposal switch. Sometimes I wrongly pick the light switch. I have to turn on the water, find the dish scrubber to stuff the shells down the drain (I’m not using my hand!), blend them up, then turn off the disposal switch. In my mind, it’s faster to take one step and drop them in the trash. And then I said: “I don’t like to waste time.”

I’m always looking for little ways to save time. I’m a fan of productivity over busyness any day. That’s why I like using the 30-minute method. When I wrote about it before, many of you asked for worksheets so I made some (see below). Now I’m going to show you the easy-peasy way of implementing it.

What Is the 30-Minute Scheduling Method?

With this system, you divide your day into 30-minute time blocks, then assign all your tasks into them. Pre-made decisions drastically cut the time spent on the hour-to-hour decision making. It also helps you systematically tackle projects. For example, if you set 9:00-9:30 to work on it 6 days a week, at the end of the week you would have accomplished three hours of work on it.


Get access to Insider Resources and download your free 30-Minute Scheduling Method Worksheets. This resource includes instructions and a template for your convenience. Get access today and make time for Daily Time with God and fulfilling your God-given responsibilities.


The fact is, you don’t have time for something but rather you make time for the things you do. That can be very freeing. If you use a schedule, then you’ll have more time than you realize, you won’t neglect God-given responsibilities, and often will have time left over.

Who the 30-Minute Scheduling Method Works For

  • Writers. As bloggers, you know how many skills it takes to fulfill this calling.
  • Homeschool moms. You do the job of several people and your school needs to run as smoothly as any other institution.
  • SAHMs and WAHMs. When you are at home, it’s easy to take the “I have freedom” fact into “too much freedom” trap.
  • Kids. Your kid arrives home from school on the weekdays and they need to be kept on task with home responsibilities.
  • Workaholics. You might need this if you feel guilty about scheduling sleep or rest. A well-rested body and mind are just as important to productivity as intentional planning.
  • Business owners. Or the perfect solution for anyone who wants to have detailed control over their time.

No matter who you are, no one likes to live with an ongoing cycle of wasted hours that cripples your calling.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

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  1. sherrylynnstahl says:

    Great time-saving tips. Your new site looks amazing! Way to go girl 🙂
    Praying you have a Blessed & Refreshed day!
    ~Sherry Stahl

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Oh, wow! Thank you so much! I’m praying for you, too! 🙂

  2. Liz Giertz says:

    Super great tips! I think I fall into all those categories of people who could use your strategy….except that homeschool mum! Thanks for sharing this great resource!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Awesome, Liz! I’m so glad it can help you!

  3. Kelly, I could so use the 30 minute scheduling method in my life! Thanks so much for sharing, Love! It was so great to visit with you this evening! GOD bless you! 🙂

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Glad to see you here, Tai! I hope it helps! Let me know how it goes. Blessings to you! 🙂

  4. Great ideas…. it is so easy to get to the end of the day, after working hard all day…. and not feel like anything really got done. That can be discouraging. Taking control of it can help so much… although there are those days when interruptions deter. sigh. Thank you for the post.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I understand about the interruptions! What I do when an interruption hits is I try to see which time block I can let go of or switch to something else. I hope you will try this method and see if it helps. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. I haven’t used this type of system in a long time but I am interested in it as my time somehow flies away from me every day lately. Thanks for the post!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      So frustrating to feel like time is slipping through your fingers, isn’t it? I hope you will find the worksheets useful!

  6. Kelly, did you get a new logo bar/picture? (Or perhaps I’m losing my mind, which could also be the case. 🙂 ) — Either way, it looks great, and I love the pics. 🙂 ((xoxo))

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Yes! Redesigned everything! Glad you like it! 🙂

  7. I am always on the look out for productivity hacks. i do try to schedule my work and batch work when I can. I like the idea of breaking up bigger projects into smaller chunks, although I usually don’t do that and I like to dig in and work for extended periods of time when possible.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I like the flexibility of this method, that it can be used for even part of a day. I don’t usually use this for major projects. For me, it’s more of keeping up with the daily grind. Thanks for your visit, Michele!

  8. I use this method. I tend to think I can get way more done in a day than is possible. This helps me plan my time much better.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I’m glad to hear that you’re using this method, Cathy! It does help with planning, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!

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