Write it Down
You’ll be amazed how tracking your time will bring insights.
Trust in this process and be willing. Even if you think you already know how you’re spending your time. If you’ve got any challenge with time, something hasn’t been working for you.
This process reveals much-needed truths. This isn’t the same as using a calendar. It’s not the same as sorting priorities. You get to see what you’re actually doing. To ferret out your time reality.
There’s no substitute for going through this process.
You’ve got to do this for at least one full week because no one’s days are identical and you’ve got to be able to start seeing patterns to draw helpful conclusions.
This task is similar to budgeting your money and getting a grasp on where potential drips are happening. Nothing’s more important if you want to learn about time, yourself and how to have a happy relationship with your life’s time.
Track Your Time
Download TrackYourTime.pdf below for a simple Worksheet to help you with this task.
For your convenience, we’ve included both an Excel spreadsheet version and a simple document you can print and re-use so choose whichever is easiest for you or try the process in both. Tracking in Excel lets you easily add up hours spent in each quadrant.
Note on Task Batching: After you’ve done this exercise, notice small tasks that take up little time by themselves. See which ones could be grouped together. This is a great tool. For instance, do errands in the same location all together. Make phone calls in a group. Sometimes you might want diversity in your day but other times batching tasks can give you time back to do whatever you want. Like magic.