Today I want to share a productivity tip, but it never works for me the way it’s supposed to.
The tip is to track how you spend your time throughout the day by writing down what you’re doing every fifteen or thirty minutes. The idea is that you’ll find what you’re really spending your time on and identify your time wasters.
I never do that.
Any time that I try to keep track of my day, I have these amazingly productive days! If I have to write everything down, then I make a concerted effort to spend my time wisely doing good things. I don’t want to write down things like:
Spent an hour shopping for fabric on Etsy and water colors even though I know I’ve got plenty of craft supplies waiting for projects I haven’t done yet so I why am I adding more ideas to the list.
Spent thirty minutes thinking about my hair and wondering if I should get it cut.
Spent fifteen minutes standing in the kitchen looking for a snack because I was too lazy to do something about it and cook something.
No, I’d really rather not write things like that. So on the days that I keep track of my time, then I don’t waste any of it.
If computer time is something you lose track of, a reader tipped me off to MinutesPlease.com. It helps you not to stay on a website for longer than you intend.
(And what’s the picture of the ice cream about? I just thought it looked better than a picture of a time chart or something.)
Sidenote: Last week I wrote about how Dropbox can work as an online storage backup, and just a few days later I took both of our MacBooks to the Apple Store for repair. As I signed the dotted line to acknowledge the risk of losing our data, I felt kind of great. What good timing to have everything backed up!