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How to Discover Where All Your Time Goes

"How to Discover Where All Your Time Goes," Lynn DaueWe've all been there: We start off our morning with the best of intentions. We have a plan. We're going to GET. SH*T. DONE.

And then, at the end of the day, we look back at what we did and didn't do and ask ourselves, "WHERE did all the time go?"

Well, where DID your time go? How DID you spend your time? Do you know?

How to Discover Where All Your Time Goes

The secret to discovering where all your time goes is so simple that you'll probably smack yourself upside the head when you read it.

(I did.)

To discover where your time goes, track it.

Track what you're doing at work and how long it takes. Track your commute. Track the time you spend watching Game of Thrones. Track it all.

When you begin tracking your time—especially if you use a calendar—you create a clear picture of how you spend it. You know, with very little wiggle room, how much time you spend with your kids, how much time you spend in the car, how much time you spend on work tasks that drive you beyond mad, and how much time you have to yourself.

This method comes from time management expert Laura Vanderkam. In I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, Vanderkam writes

Most of us don't know how many hours we devote to different things. We don't know how many hours we work or sleep or watch TV ... A time log reminds [us] that a day has 24 hours, and a week has 168. No matter how amazing we are, all of our activities must, and do, fit within these bounds.

Time tracking is one of the many methods that we discuss in Release & Refine, my time & task management course, and it's the topic of a live, interactive webinar that I am hosting on May 23, 2016, at 1:00pm EDT.

"Find Your Time Drains," a live webinar with Lynn DaueOver the hour, we are discussing

  • where your time disappears to (it's different for everyone)
  • the easy and proven method to reducing your task load by up to 300% (hint: we're big fans of it in the Magnificent Life community)
  • the one organization hack used by highly productive people (it starts with a P)

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