Where does the time go?

Do you ever wonder where your time goes? It seems we are so busy that we just get through our day and have no idea where those 8, 10 or 12 hours went – often feeling like we accomplished nothing at all. A great tool for productivity is to use a time map. For 3 days, track your time. Write down everything you do from the time you wake up until you go to bed. Also track interruptions and distractions and your energy level at different times of day. At the end of 3 days, review your time map and see what you did and how you used your time. You will probably find a pattern of distractions that you can easily avoid by turning off your phone, closing your email program or setting up some other boundaries in your life. You may also notice a lot of wasted time. Study the map and see if there are better ways to use your time. Can you group like tasks together? Could you save time by making all of your phone calls in one sitting instead of scattering them throughout the day? Can you group errands together? Are you trying to work on projects that require high energy at your low energy times of day?

Take some time to see what you are doing and how you are doing it. Change it up, try a new routine. We all have the same amount of time and you can't get more no matter how hard you try. The only way to increase productivity is to manage the time you have better. Where does YOUR time go?

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