We all have the same 24 hours in a day.
But why does it seem like some people accomplish so much more in the same amount of time than others? What are they doing differently?
When it comes to getting things done, it isn’t necessarily healthy to compare yourself to others. But if you want to determine how you could be spending your time better, you need to put up a mirror and stare at your reflection.
Time tracking is a great way to get a better sense of where all of your time is going. It will allow you to identify time in your schedule that could be salvaged and used for more productive tasks.
But there is so much more you can do with time tracking that may surprise you. Here are 10 unexpected uses for time tracking.
Even if you aren’t getting paid hourly for the work you’re doing, it can still be valuable to know how long certain tasks are taking. This can help you budget your time better, and accurately allot the right amount of time for finishing to-do items.
Sure, you know you have 30 minutes for lunch. But are you keeping to those 30 minutes, or does your break tend to go longer? Tracking your break time can help you stay on task and limit the amount of time you’re idle.
Social media and smartphones tend to be major distractions for many people. There’s only so much value you can glean from this activity, and much of the time it’s little more than empty entertainment. Tracking how much time you’re spending on social media and your smartphone will tell you exactly where a portion of your life is going.
Even if you’re only commuting 15 to 20 minutes each day, it can add up, and knowing that number can help you plan your week better. It’s often taken for granted, but you can make better use of commuting time too (for example, by listening to podcasts).
Are you raising your child, or is your TV? One way to find out is by tracking how much time your child is sitting behind a screen.
Even small living spaces require some upkeep. So, how much time do you spend cleaning each week? Knowing this number can help you optimize the amount of time spent on keeping your home clean.
Simple errands, such as running to the bank, getting a haircut, and buying groceries can take up a surprising amount of time in your schedule. Tracking this time can help you optimize and make more effective use of your time. One way to cut down on errand time is by grouping or batching to-do items together, such as those that are similar or involve going to the same part of town.
People today are more health-conscious than ever. But wouldn’t you like to know the exact amount of time you spend exercising? This can give you a good idea of whether you’re committed to your health and fitness.
Reading has many benefits. For one, it allows you to grow as a person. You can become more knowledgeable about your industry, and even become an expert if you desire to. You can also expand your skill set and learn to handle more tasks. Even 30 minutes per day of reading can be a difference maker.
Do you have a passion project? Do you like to engage in creativity in your free time? Tracking this time will allow you to see whether you’re spending enough time doing something you love and making progress on it.
When it comes to time tracking, there are a near infinite number of possibilities, depending on what you want to track and what’s important to you. Don’t be afraid to think a little outside the box. When you see exactly how much time you’re spending on the things that matter to you, you can begin to make meaningful shifts that will transform your life.