Time Tracking

Time is the most precious resource we have – and yet very few people have an understanding of how they allocate their time. How much time have you spent on calls this week? How much time did you eat, relax and sleep? How much time did you invest into execution? How much time was spent on non-execution behaviour such as discussions, calls and reflection? If you’re working on many projects, how many hours of work did you dedicate to each of those projects? Does the time you invest in these projects reflect their relative importance to each other?

The stoics were the first to rigorously track and optimise their timing. It’s one of the most effective (and unromantic) things you can possibly do. While it doesn’t feel right to recommend you track every single minute of your life, I recommend you do it for two months every year. For example, do it every February and July. You’ll be shocked by how your time is actually allocated and the insight you’ll win from analysing one of your months, will be enough to focus on during the next 5 months. But tracking your time does not only help you gain an objective understanding of how it is invested, it also helps you appreciate it more and invest it more wisely. What will likely happen when you start tracking your time on a daily basis is that your awareness for every certain task you do changes. You will be more aware of how your current task fits into the big picture and you will be less likely to procrastinate.

Action Step

Set up this template for yourself and share your first daily, weekly, and monthly observations in the forum below.