Doing Time – STP044
Episode 44 – Can you rely on time? Can you manage it? What were you doing with yours 3 days ago at 3:15pm? Wanna find out? Then have a listen!
Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is:
Time management doesn’t work
What does ‘time’ even mean?
Could we change how we measure time – some people already have
Time seems to stretch depending on what you are doing
Terry – come one, give him a chance! At least his facts are real
The French tried to ‘decimalise’ time – TWICE!
In the Soviet Union they changed the length of the week 3 times in the 20th Century
Changing your approach to what fills your day could work two ways:
Getting more done in the same time
Doing the same amount in less time
Which one do you want? They’re both good for different reasons
Lunchtime – how do you do yours?
Why measuring ‘performance’ just based on how many hours someone works may not be useful
Is it time to find out what fills your 168 hours?
E-mails take up more than we think according to – Forbes.com
That’s just e-mails, where are your other ‘time-thieves’?
Track your time – it’s VERY revealing
The Art of Manliness wrote – this article on the subject
You can do it different ways – one way is with apps
The one we used was – Toggl
Consider how you’re going to track your time with an app, there are 2 key ways:
Every time you start a new task, log it
Checking in each 15/30 minutes and logging what you’ve been doing
The great thing about Toggl is that you can select categories and tags
My categories were:
Work – reactive actions (meetings, resolving stuff etc)
Work – proactive actions (planning, developing, strategy)
Instead of apps, try tracking time using a paper-based method
There’s loads around – but we made one for you
Download it either from this image here…
Or if your shownotes don’t show the image download it here – The Sharp Time Tracker
Decide on doing weekday/weekend or both
Log actions every 15/30 minutes (you decide)
Write EVERYTHING down – including messing about time (e.g. social media scrolling)
Suspend judgement until you’ve finished
Do it for at least 1 week – 2 if you can
If you want to – log it on paper first (the raw activities) and then put into Toggl afterwards
You can then categorise and Toggl gives you reports in different ways
Take what you’ve learned and use it to inform what steps you want to take
Go and look at any of our other episodes to work on what you’ve decided on
A good place to start if you want to plan your day better is Episode 35
We discovered that Terry needs some equipment training!
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