I’ve been struggling with managing my time. As a blogger and aspiring writer with a full-time job and other complicating factors, I just don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to.
This has been most glaring in my blogging schedule. I try to post on certain days of the week, but lately, I’ve been having to push posts back by days.
I was looking for tips on how to use my time more effectively and came upon a post on ProBlogger about finding time to blog.
What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get improved.
In the first point, Darren says the most confronting thing he’s ever done, with regards to time management, was to track how he spent his time for a week. It was eye-opening for him to see how much time was being sucked away by things that weren’t priorities.
This stood out to me. If I don’t know where my time is going, how can I reclaim it?
I decided to take the time tracking challenge. I had to wait two weeks until a period of upheaval in my life was over. I considered using a time tracking app, but eventually decided to log entries in a simple document on my phone.
I’m four days in, and let me tell you: it’s not easy. I’m hyper-aware of the fact that I’m tracking my time, so my behavior has changed. I can’t help it. On the first day, I was racing to complete tasks in the allotted time so I could look good on paper. Yesterday, I realized that both time and energy have effects on my output.
One point made in the ProBlogger post is that if you measure your time, you can compare what you want to spend your time on (priorities), and what you’re actually spending that valuable time on (reality).
By logging the time I spend on various activities over a week, I’m hoping, first, for information. Armed with the data on how I spend my time in a typical week, I can then take steps to cut out time wasters.
Over to you, dear readers: Have you ever measured how you spend your time? Would you consider logging the time you spend on your daily activities? Let me know in the comments.