I have a question for you, “What did you get accomplished this week?”.
Do you ask yourself this question from time to time? If not, maybe you should. I don’t know if you have ever gone through a week where you logged the activity of each day, , , hour by hour. If you do, you might be amazed at where your time goes. It was an eye opener when I went through such an exercise.
Self reflection is a good thing as long as you don’t over do it.
Here are some questions you might ask yourself about how your week went:
- How much time did you spend on email this week?
- How much of your week was spent in meetings?
- How much time was spent at lunch?
- Did you spend any time coaching or developing your employees?
- Was there any time spent developing your own skills?
- How much time was spent at work versus at home?
- What was the percentage of time you could truly call productive?
- Would your boss think your time was well spent?
- What would you do differently in retrospect?
- Did you work on that personal project or did you not get to it, , , again?
Learn about where and how you spend your time so you can weed out the “lost time”. If you are like most, you probably lose quite a bit of productive time.