Are you wasting time? The only way to know for sure is by logging it.
During my meeting last week with Sandy, my business coach, she was driving me to get my social media marketing workshop put together. Since so many of you have been requesting that workshop, she and I both see it as a top priority.
However, my time is pretty well spoken for already. Between my content marketing (podcast, YouTube, blog, and newsletter), New Business Energizer seminars and workshops, meetings, email, social media, housework, Amelia, my daughter Sydney, and sleep, there isn’t much time left to put together a whole new workshop.
After Sandy had me do a quick recap of how much time I spend on my various activities, there were 54 hours a week unaccounted for. Now, I know I’m not wasting 54 hours, but without tracking how I’m spending my time, I can’t say for sure where those hours are going.
Enter the time log. Since my meeting last week, I’ve logged everything I’ve done, including time spent in the shower, eating, working, etc. Looking at how I’m spending my time, one thing is obvious…I’m definitely working more than 40 hours per week.
Content marketing and podcasting are the largest work activities, coming in at more than 3 hours per day, on average. Yikes! Sure hope all this writing and recording will pay off some day!
My assistant was on vacation this week so that increased my workload on a few things. Plus, I had 2 radio interviews, which I normally don’t have. Also, Amelia moved into my house this week, which took quite a bit of time. (Yes, we’re not only signified, but cohabitating now.)
One time suck that surprised me was the amount of time Amelia and I watch TV. We typically watch an hour before bed, and a little more on weekends, but it averages out to almost 2 hours per day! I’m only reading about half an hour per day, and most of that is news. Something is out of whack, wouldn’t you say?
My goal is to free up some time to create my next workshop, but I’m not seeing a lot of wiggle room, unless I can outsource more of my content marketing. My meeting with Sandy is this morning. Let’s see what she has to say.
To do the time log, I got a little notebook that’ll fit in my pocket. Each time I change tasks, I write down what I just did and the end time for doing it. Then, each morning, I enter all of those tasks in a spreadsheet that you can download and modify for your own use. The first tab is for raw data and the second tab contains the pivot tables I created to do the analysis.
Try logging your time for the next week and see where you’re spending it. You may be surprised and you may be able to recoup some of it to spend on more worthwhile activities.
Hi, I am JP Stonestreet, the new business energizer. Last week during my weekly coaching meeting, my business coach, Sandy, started piling on. She has some big ideas for me and I agree with her, but my question to her was how am I going to find the time to do it? So, she wants me to put together a social media marketing workshop because a lot of the people I help have been asking me to do that because I figured out how to do social media the right way and it’s different from what most people are telling you. And she wants me to do a workshop on this mainly because I think she wants to learn herself, but because everybody else is asking me about it too. And I said, “Sandy, it’s a great idea, I love it. Where am I going to have time to do it? I am already working well over 40 hours a week and I don’t waste much of my time” and she said, “Well, what do you do? Let’s talk through your hours how do you spend your time.” And so, we talked through it and I kind of listed out some numbers and after we added them up, we had 54 hours in a week unaccounted for. So, we accounted for sleep and work and all the other stuffs that we were doing, but there were still 54 hours missing. So, she asked me to start a time log and I told her, “You know Sandy, I’d love to do that, but I am really kind of afraid of what I am going to find out” and she said, “Well, the only way you are going to fix it and change is if you know what’s wrong.” So I did, I came home right then, I started a time log and I have been tracking my time for the past week, and there have been a few surprises. I didn’t realize how much time I spent on television for one thing. Amelia and I watch TV about an hour at night and then we watch a little bit more on the weekends. We usually watch a movie or two on the weekends, but I am watching more television than I am reading – that is not good. That’s going to change. I am going to start reading more and watching less TV. There are also a few things that I can streamline in my work and may be outsource a few more things. So, I have included my time log on the page where this video is posted on my website. So, go and click the link and go there, you can download my time log, see how I am spending my time and you can also use that time log, it’s an Excel spreadsheet. You can use that to modify it and use it for your own purposes. I highly encourage you to track your time at least for one week and just see where you are spending your time and see if you can gain some of your time back and use it for more productive proposes.