Do you monitor your time closely? Or do you just fritter away the hours?
Penelope’s got another great article about time and money. I think her final sentence sums it all up nicely: “If you donâ€™t pay tons of attention to how you spend your time, youâ€™ll never be happy.”
This has really made me stop and think about how I spend my time. In fact, I’ve been trying to re-evaluate my time management lately.
There’s just too little time.
Or, maybe I’m not managing it effectively. I waste loads of time every day. Separately, it’s just a few seconds here and there. But when you add it up, I’m sure it’s a lot. Thus, I’m trying to eliminate some time leaks from my life.
Leaks I’m trying to plug
Refreshing Google Reader – I must do this 100+ times every day. I’m addicted to RSS feeds, and making sure I’ve “read” everything in my reader. Instead of refreshing, just to stay current, I’m going to really read interesting stories 1-2 times a day.
Checking email – Along the same lines, I’m going to reduce my email checking frequency. It’ll be more than 1-2 times a day, but much less than every 5 minutes.
Watching statistics – My name’s Andrew, and I’m a statsaholic. I really need to get this down to once per day. Maybe then I get to once every couple of days. But won’t more people visit, if I watch the little graph?!
Being un-mindful – I rarely participate in what I’m doing. I’ll have 20 things going on at once, not giving my full, conscious attention to one task. It doesn’t feel like I’m wasting time, but I really am. Speaking of which, why do I have 7 windows open on my computer right now?
Do you have time leaks?
I’m curious what you guys think of this. Would it help you be happier and more productivity, if you actually thought about how you spend your time. Do you have time leaks to plug? Together we’re stronger!
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