How Tracking Your Time Can Save You Time
Why should you track your time? Because you lie to yourself all the time. You said that you were only on your phone for a couple of minutes to check Facebook, but somehow you managed to lose 30 minutes of your day. Were you in a coma?
No. You were stalking your ex-bosses’ political rants and wondering when you were going to be lucky enough to retire and say some nutty stuff on the internet. Then you got sucked into video on how to make crock pot chicken and noodles. You have 3 recipes with the exact same ingredients already and you’re doing a low carb diet. You don’t need recipes with noodles in them.
Then you received a game invitation, a friend request, and tried a couple of surveys that took you 3 minutes per survey to find out you didn’t qualify. What is up with that anyway?! They make you put in a profile in the first place. They should already know if you fit what they’re looking for.
Sorry for the rant. In order to stay organized and improve your time management, you need to track your time and watch the time. What can you learn from doing a time study?
Fun Facts Found in a Time Study
- What you’re doing too much of. Do you spend too much time at work? Too much time chatting with co-workers? Too much time breaking up fights between your children?
- What takes you longer to do than you thought. How much time do you spend on Facebook? Reading celebrity news? Going back to the store to pick up something you forgot?
- What you could delegate to others. What things at work are already being done by someone else and then you do them also? What could your kids be doing around the house that you do for them?
- What has the biggest impact on your success. The Pareto principle indicates that 80% of the effects are the direct results of 20% of the causes. In essence, where does most of your extra money come from? Are you spending too much time on those stupid surveys? How much of your wardrobe do you were in a week? 20%, right? Pretty cool!
- What you aren’t doing enough of. This one is a biggie. You’ll likely discover that you’re not taking care of yourself. At home, when was the last time you went to the bathroom as soon as you had to go? Or by yourself for that matter? Stop neglecting yourself.
What have you discovered about yourself that you didn’t realize?
Check out my books on Amazon. The Busy, Working Mother’s Guide to Time Management.
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