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Log Your Time To Improve Productivity

If you want to improve your productivity, analyze your time management skills regularly to see where improvement is needed.  Every 6-12 months I complete a time log for a full week to help me see where my time is going, what my habits really are and to get ideas on changes I can make to improve my productivity. Try it.  You will be shocked to see how much time you waste in a typical day.

Keeping a time log is actually quite simple.  Simply record all your activities in a log from the moment you get to work to the time you leave the office.  Be sure to include everything including visits to the restroom, to the office next to you, to the kitchen for a soda.  Include all interruptions, phone calls made and received, and tasks you perform.  Include EVERYTHING you do during the day.

At the end of the day, analyze your log to determine how well you used your time and to identify distractions and things you did to waste time.  Try to make improvements each day until you get to the end of the week.  Give it a try, and then require your staff to do the same and to review the log with you.  Use this tool as a way to mentor your staff and encourage them to be more productive.

  1. lifecoachmarie
    February 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Great points here. I’ve gotten great insight from doing a time log myself. Have you thought about incorporating time chunking and scheduling? Comparing how you block out your time with how you actually use your time. Here’s an article on time chunking, for reference:

    • Brad Friedman
      February 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Marie, Thanks for the comment and the article link! As it happens, just last night I planned my day today by dividing my time into chunks of related tasks. After reading the article you suggested I feel validated in my approach 🙂 Thanks!

      • lifecoachmarie
        February 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Glad to hear it:)

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