Time Tracking Sucks but the Results are Powerful!

The topic of ‘time’ is always a concern to people!

Recently I spoke to 35 business women in Oakville, ON and at the University of Guelph, both topics were about time and tracking what we do each day. Everyone wants more time and the best way to find it is to track your time. You can be confident when I tell you that ‘time tracking’ is a total drag BUT the results you will obtain from writing down what you do every minute of every day (for just one week) are so powerful that it’s hard to refuse!

Here are a few of my thoughts about time that I hope you find helpful:

  1. You must know how long a task will take – especially if you can’t bill for that time.
  2. 15 minutes 4 times a day, 6 days a week, spent on (let’s say social media) equals $15, 000/ year if you value your time at $50/hour.
  3. Time tracking is imperative …especially if you think you never have enough (time).
  4. If you continue to tell yourself there isn’t enough time your brain will start to believe it.
  5. Email is not a project and should not take half your business day to complete. It’s a way to process tasks and items into your calendar so you can execute said tasks and accurately know how and where you’re spending your time.
  6. We get a rush from answering an email, especially when we are in the middle of an arduous task, because we think that we are being efficient by quickly responding. In truth, we just switched tasks and now our brain requires time to get back to what it was that we were really doing.
  7. You CAN control how you spend your time.
  8. Sometimes it’s not easy to change the way we work with time.
  9. You MUST have a start time and an end time for tasks you are working on. Otherwise you’ll keep working on it.
  10. Planning and having processes saves time.
  11. Creating processes for how you do what you need to do each day takes time.

Knowing how you spend your time makes you more productive, a little less stressed and a whole lot happier!

Start tracking your time today – click here to download your own weekly template.