I Dare You to Track Your Time
Mines, briefly, the challenge first proposed by the late Stephen Covey to account for each second of your day for three days straight, recording all events and activities.
Notes that you will be surprised or shocked by the results. For the challenge to be effective, you must record everything you do, from the act of getting out of bed to laying back down at the end of your day.
Items that are especially important to account for include time spent monitoring your email, exploring on the internet and social media, unplanned encounters with your colleagues, and interruptions.
While these items have negative implications, it is equally important to account for the amount of time spent on significant activities, work, goals, and productive sessions. How much time do you spend in action and meaning oriented activities? Do you spend significant time with friends and family?
Most of what you do is probably pressing and therefore meaningful, but this activity will reveal how much time is lost with the trivial.
Darin's note: While this activity is worthwhile, it seems easy to oversimplify. The implication of the article is that down time spent with coworkers is wasted, for example, and that slowing down at times is counterproductive.
I suggest that breaks and quiet time are important, but I enjoy the challenge because it pushes me to account for moments that might be better spent. Perhaps a moment of inward reflection is more valuable than relaxing by surfing the web.
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Source is TheSalesBlog.com
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