I wanted to write a short post on the topic of time management, mainly asking a question as opposed to providing an answer. I'm curious to learn how readers manage their busy schedules and what time slicing method works for them.
By "time slicing," I'm referring to two opposing methods that I've considered for time management:
There are clearly pros and cons to each method. Large slices allow more intense focus and less switching costs. Small slices allow more "balance" in each day and quicker responses to opportunities that come up (like for phone calls, meetings, etc.). And sometimes you don't have a choice: if you really need to meet with someone who can only meet on a day that's not your "meeting day," it will disrupt your rhythm.
This decision also gets into the need to say no to various requests for help or meeting (or at least delays if not no's), which can often be painful to do.
What do you do? What methods have you found useful in managing your time along this axis?