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pocket-watchWhen people are looking to find out what things are wasting their time, I tell them to start by keeping track of their time. I usually give them this tool. Along with it they get a really simple process to follow each day. The biggest challenge when it comes to tracking your time is making the space to do so. It’s really easy to get caught up in what you’re doing for a few hours and then suddenly realize that you didn’t write down the last couple of things you did or you look at your log at the end of the day and see that you didn’t record the interruptions you had that day. Before you write anything in your time log, you’ve got to create the space for what you’re about to do. That has to be part of the process, or you won’t get the best results.

Here’s my process:

  • Know why you’re tracking your time (You’re looking to see what you’re procrastinating on, identify time wasters, etc)
  • Set your intention for the outcome you desire
  • Start your day by acknowledging that you’re going to record what you do as you do it
  • Record each activity and its level of importance (If you’re using my tracking tool)
  • Each time there’s an interruption, make note of it
  • Include the breaks you take-intentional or not
  • Keep tracking for about 5 days
  • Look at each day’s log to see what it reveals

Once you see what’s in play you can make the necessary shifts to shore up your daily habits to get and stay productive. Creating and holding the space to be consistent with your tracking for that week is crucial for getting the entire picture of what’s actually going on. Right now choose when you’re going to start tracking your time, get your log and dive into the process.

 


Wasting your time can be pretty frustrating. You really want to get to the things one your list but may not be able to figure out just what’s going on. But before you can get to a space where you’re knocking things off your to-do list left and right, you’ve got to look at what’s going on right now. Where is your time going? What things are stopping you in your tracks or detouring you? To find the answers to those questions, tracking your time is the step to take. It may not be the most fun thing to do, but it will let you see just what things are getting your time, allow you to record all of the interruptions you get during the day, discover if you’re giving your time to things that matter.

You might not see it at first, but making the space in your days to keep track of what you’re doing and what happens during the course of your day will give you valuable information. What you see on the front end is just a list of things you did, how much time it took to do each what things actually got some or all of your time. When you look much closer, you see…

  • Exactly what things you’re giving your time to
  • How you prioritized things and where you made the mistake of putting one thing before another
  • How to determine the importance of the things on your agenda moving forward
  • What interruptions tend to happen and which ones you allow
  • The difference between what got done and the things you had on your to-do list and what kept you from the important things

The biggest insight you’ll gain is seeing what your biggest time wasters are right before your own eyes. That’s priceless because it gives you the big picture. You’ve got to know what the reason for the problem is before you can create or apply a solution for it and logging your time does exactly that for you.  If you don’t know where your day is going, why things aren’t getting done and always feel pressed for time, chances are you’re wasting time. This is a great starting point for you. Start tracking your time so you can get the information you need and be ready to move forward with finding and implementing a solution. Use this nifty little tool to help you.

 

 

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