What is Occupying Your Time?

How are you spending it?

We have talked about interruptions (see July 25 Blog post)  in the past but have you ever tried to actually track what you spend your time doing?

I recently read a blog post by Marla Tabaka at Inc.com on Time Tracking for Productivity. Marla suggests using a chart (You can find a template here on my website) to keep track of what you are doing.

Keeping in the spirit of don’t advise it till you try it I used the chart for a few days. I am pretty good at keeping interruptions to a minimum and being proactive instead of reactive but I had an ‘ah ha’ moment as Marla suggests most people do.

What I discovered was when I am really, really focused I can achieve a lot. So much that an hour of really focused time and energy accomplished what I would normally expect to get done in two hours. Now that is good to know for future projects.

I challenge you to keep track of how you spend your time for a few days. It is hard to improve things without understanding what is really going on in the first place. Let me know if it helps or if you have any ‘ah ha’ moments.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.

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About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on August 12, 2011, in Business Productivity, interruptions, productivity, productivity tools, time sheets, time tracking and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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