This is a post in Pajama Productivity’s first (hopefully) annual “Fall Into Productivity” month. (Clever wordplay, right? The llamas came up with that.) All month long in October 2016, we’ll be publishing lovely autumnal graphics with a fresh productivity tip each and every day. You can catch all the fall fun right here on the PJP blog, on our PJP Facebook page, or on Twitter @pjproductivity – use the #FallIntoProductivity hashtag to find all posts.
Day 5’s tip comes with a super-special free downloadable tool! Read on for details…
In order to reclaim your time, you have to know how you’re actually spending your time first.
We humans – even those Couch Warriors who bill on a time basis – are just notoriously bad at figuring out this whole time thing. We’re bad at estimating how much we’ve spent, how much a task will take, how much we have free and available …
So stop estimating.
It’s not fun or sexy. In fact, it’s often quite tedious and annoying. I grant you all that!
But there is literally no other way to know for sure how you’re currently spending your 168 hour weekly allotment than to actually track your activities.
There are a dozen ways to do this. You can use a time tracking app or tool, like Toggl. (I use and love Toggl, primarily because of its Chrome toolbar plugin and robust mobile app version.)
If you prefer the analog approach, you can use a notebook and pen.
Or you can use the absolutely free Excel spreadsheet time-tracking tool I had made just for Pajama Productivity readers! Details here.
However you do it, track your time for a few weeks to get a good grasp of the decisions you’re used to making as to how you spend your time each week.
Then, it’ll just be a matter of making different, better choices.