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February 28, 2010

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Where did the time go?

Do you really truly know how you spend your day?  When talking to people who seem to be suffering from not having enough time, I ask them “How do you spend your time?”  All too often the reply I get is “I really don’t know, but I was busy all day”. 

To really understand how you spend your time, get out a piece of paper, put today’s date on it, and right down everything you did today.  Then starting tomorrow, for one week, write down everything you do, every day – including taking a break, going to lunch, getting a cup of coffee – and put the time spent next to each activity.  At the end of the week, look for patterns and see if you can eliminate one low value activity – checking email but not doing anything with it – and replace it next week with a high value activity – starting a project that you’ve been procrastinating on.   

This activity is much like the concept of keeping track of what you eat for a week to assess your eating habits in order to change them.  But instead of checking your eating habits, you’re checking your work habits.  It truly is an eye opener!

Remember, getting more organized, focused and productive is all about habits and not gadgets. 

Have a positively productive week!

Ideas shared by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System training course.

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  1. It is amazing how time can so easily get away from you. You start off with an idea on what you would like to accomplish in your day only to find that at the end of the day maybe only half got done! Tracking your time for a week is a great way to begin to understand where your time goes and can give you a powerful point of reference. Great information!

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