A simple way of tracking your time includes taking a ‘day planner’
A ‘day planner’ best practice calls for jotting down your activities in 15 or 30 minute intervals throughout the day. At the end of 2 weeks you have a snapshot of where your time is being spent.
You might be surprised to learn how much time you are spending watching Netflix, following Facebook links to ‘interesting’ stories, responding to emails, or getting ready for ‘fun’ activities and more.
If you don’t want to break out the pencil there are a few apps you can use to effectively track and then analyse your time usage.
- Toggl – this tool can be used for tracking personal, work and team time to the minute and then letting you print lovely reports to show you what you are doing with your time
- Rescue Time – running in the background it lets you track your time spent on apps and websites (like Facebook, Netflix or Youtube)
- My Minutes (on iTunes) – this apps allows you to set time limits and then nudges you when you go past the time you have defined
- Eternity Time Log (iTunes) – track your time on projects and generate reports on where your time is spent|
- Timely – time tracking app
- Timesheet (Google Play Android only) – Can use voice commands to track your time
Share your priorities and plans with people who can contribute to your productivity by helping you remember to think about yourself and the people who are important to you. Part 2 will cover 7 Steps Towards Productivity.