How often have you heard the phrase, “I don’t know where the time went?”
That’s because we get involved in the nitty-gritty of our daily lives and do the urgent jobs, the nice tasks and the easy things which means we don’t get to the necessary things.
Then we wonder where all the time has gone…
I was coaching someone in the wonderful continent of Australia. It soon became apparent that she was working very hard 25 hours a day 8 days a week. So I suggested she use my Time Checker to find out where time was spent and plan whether to change it.
The Time Checker
Let me explain how the Time Checker was created.
After my first year working I was running a number of my own projects in parallel. I felt they were all getting out of control and wondered if I was making the most of my working day.
So I started to record the activities I undertook each day in a detailed way. I discovered a knack to doing it so it doesn’t take too much time, and it wasn’t any hassle. In fact I kept recording for 6 weeks. And from that initial check on my time I discovered plenty of ways to improve the time I was using.
From that sheaf of pages I created the time checker – initially as a manual spreadsheet. Then I moved it onto a computer and refined it further so that it was even easier to use. And then I use the Time Checker periodically to check I’m doing what needs to be done.
Everyone I coach who decides they need to manage time more effectively is given the Time Checker free. And they find it very useful too!