Where does the time go?

“If you don’t have a husband to suck up your time you’ve got plenty.”

No that’s not my personal view on the topic, but rather one of the many interesting phrases I’ve overheard while living in Las Vegas.

Husband or no, for many of us, we have no idea where the time goes. That’s why so many people are stunned at statistics that say things like, “On average, Americans watch 5 hours and 4 minutes of TV per day.” It’s no wonder we’re always stuck feeling like there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done.

So I started tracking my time.

Not everything, not nearly everything. But I do track the majority of the time I spend on the computer.

It started easily enough with tracking my billable time for clients but shortly after that I realized that I didn’t know where my time “after hours” was going.

I’m constantly working on my blog, on side projects, on research, on … all kinds of stuff. So eventually I just started creating new projects to track things going on in my life and frankly, it’s been awesome!

tracking my time learning new stuff

In July, (when I decided to take time off from the blog) I spent over 15 hours learning new things. Those hours would have happened anyway, but it feels good to have an actual progress meter showing me that I put in the work.

Too often in life we drift rather than steering where we go. Paying more attention to where you spend your time takes back a bit of that drifting.

I’ve branched out further and started tracking almost everything I do. I have a personal category where I note down time spent checking on my finances, creating and reviewing goals, and of course, working on my blog.

blog report July 2018

This is also a huge boon for keeping yourself on track and proceeding at a pace that makes sense for your situation. Many times it’s easy to look at the success other’s have achieved and want it faster. There often isn’t a faster, there’s just putting in the work.

When others want to know how I’ve achieved the success I have, it’s simple. I put in the work. Note the 7+ hours on Saturday, July 19th above. That’s what it takes. Doing you on the weekends, in the evenings, after your day job and while everyone else is out having a good time. It doesn’t just happen, you make it happen.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that shortly after starting this one of my idols, Ash Ambirge showed up in my inbox with total corroboration.

writing diary

Do the work, get the results. Track the work, and see yourself moving toward the finish line.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t actually started? Or started, but aren’t really making progress on. You know, that thing you bemoan your lack of success at, but really haven’t put in anywhere near what you need to make it successful.

Try tracking your time for a week. Then a month. Then two … you’ll be amazed at how quickly the hours add up, and how much progress you’ll make.

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