Denial is not a river in Egypt. It’s a place where many people spend their time.
To ensure that you’re not living in denial here’s a way to gain awareness on where your professional and personal time is actually being spent.
For the period of 1 week, map out what you do in 15 minute increments.
Record it in a note pad or on an electronic device (while you’re awake) for 7 days.
After taking the 7 day test you’ll more than likely be dramatically “surprised” by what you discover.
Why 7 days? Each of our days unfold a little differently so by sampling 7 days of your life you’ll capture a more precise rendering.
There’s a temptation to say, “I don’t have the time to do that” or “I’ll just recall what I did at the end of each day.”
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to recall everything and you’ll lose valuable data.
Remember, accurate awareness is the key. You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.
If you’re truly serious about creating more profitable time, map in 15 minute increments what you do every 15 minutes for 7 days.
At the end of the 7 days translate your data into professional and personal time pies as follows.
A time pie will provide you with a visual representation of where your time is actually being spent.
You will be able to clearly see:
As simple as this discipline may appear, just by completing it you’ll gain awareness that may free up 3 to 4 hours a day you never knew you had.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Doest thou love life? Then do not squander time. For it is the stuff life is made of.”
It’s interesting that sometimes time seems to fly while at other times it seems to stand still.
The value gained by creating your time pies could lead to a doubling or even a tripling of your production output.
While people often complain, “I don’t have the time required to create time pies” when they do, they often find that they create more time.
Many go on to testify that the process is not a time waster; it’s actually a great time saver.