Health & Medical Self-Improvement

What"s Sucking Up Your Time?

Does this statement ring true to you? "There isn't enough time in a day to complete everythingthat I need to get done".
Sounds familiar...
Yes, I think we all have made that statement at least once in our lives.
If you've made that statement or you have spent sleepless nights tossing and turning thinking about all the things you didn't get done and all the additional "to-dos" for the next day, then it's time for you to find out which activities are sucking up all your time.
It's time for a reality check.
Aren't you ready to face reality? Keep a daily time log A time log is a simple and easy time management tool that can be used to record your daily activities and how much time you spend doing them.
It is an efficient way to see how you spend your time daily.
It will measure what you do habitually and it will allow you to see if your daily tasks are aligned with you goals.
The only way to find more time in your day is to first find where it is! A detailed time log will give you that information.
Ready get started? Create a time log Take out a sheet of paper and keep it wherever you work.
Each time you are working on an activity, jot down the name of the activity with a start and ending time.
Record detailed information, if you start an activity at 9:05am and complete or stop working on it at 10:15am, record those exact times.
I recommend including am and pm, because this helps to determine which part of the day you get most things done.
Record all activities: checking email, time on social media (business or pleasure), telephone conversations, drive time, watching TV, all your activities for the day must be documented.
For accurate results, commit to recording your activities in your time log for one week.
It's just that simple.
Review Your Results Upon completion of your week, take a look at your results.
Now it's time to analyze your time.
This can be very alarming, I had a client complete a time log for one week, she realized that she spent on an average of seven hours daily working in her business, 4 hours was spent reading newsletters, emails from friends, personal mail, interacting on Facebook and Twitter, about two hours on time wasters & interruptions: personal telephone calls, watching the news while on break, a few over extended breaks, a few household chores that weren't meant to take too long and one hour of get money making tasks done.
What an eye opener! However the time log revealed that she was spending the majority of her work time on low priority tasks.
It was a great opportunity for her to get focus and to start spending her time on high priority money making tasks first.
She realized there is enough time in a day to get the right things done but you must control your activities and not become a victim of losing time to task that does not support your goals.
Use your time log monthly A time log will help to make you aware of how you may subconsciously go aimlessly throughout your day without fulfilling your purpose.
Based upon your results, start cutting the unnecessary time you may be wasting on tasks.
It is imperative to check email and engage in social media for your business, but you can block a period of time complete those activities each day as oppose to over indulging for a couple of hours.
Also some activities, like social media can be automated.
Time logging is a very simple but highly efficient tool to increase your productivity.
Use it once a month to make sure you are on track with your time.
Happy logging! ©2011 Bridgette Boudreaux

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