TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!
It will help you manage your time well if you
know where your time actually gets spent. One very helpful way of determining your actual usage of time is to track
your time. The process here is like making a schedule, but it works in reverse. Instead of writing things in that
you are planning to do, time logging is a process of writing down the things that you have already done. Doing this
is sort of a get- to-know-yourself exercise because this procedure will highlight many of your habits that you
might selectively ignore currently.
For instance, some people find that every time they
plan to do math homework they end up watching television. Instead of studying for that Psych test, they play
Internet poker. Other people just can't seem to follow their schedule until the week before finals.
How to Track Your Time
Whatever your time habits, time tracking will help you
adjust and fine-tune your time management practices. Having accurate information about your time usage patterns can
serve as another important point of reference for self-monitoring. Following are a few ways to track your time.
Take a moment to do this – it will truly help you open your eyes and take control of your time.
1. Time tracking is fairly straightforward. At the end of every hour jot yourself a
quick note about how you actually spent your time for that hour. The note needn't be long - one sentence or less
should suffice. If how you spent your time doesn't match an already planned activity, simply enter a comment as to
what you really did during that time. This way you will be able to review patterns that emerge in your use of time
and make adjustments to improve your productivity.