Are you still confused about how to manage your time more effectively?

A lot of people think that not having enough time during the day is their biggest issue. However, this is only a symptom of a bigger problem. If you want to have more time, and even free up a part of your day, it is crucial that you study your time management tactics and tools in order to make changes that will give you 1 or 2 extra 15-minute blocks a day.

Pattern recognition

When you track your behavior over a period of time, you will be able to recognize what you do, the things that get your attention, where you put your focus.

For the last 20 years, I have written in a notebook every day. Over the years, I adopted different formats and ways to write things down. I also noticed that I seem to follow a routine that lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

One of these routines involved writing in a small journal the observations I made during the day, plus a single word that would answer the question, “What one word stands out from all the others today?”. When I get back to this journal, I can see that that words I wrote follow a pattern: when I am away from home, these words are usually related to work, travel, and learning; when I’m at home, the words tend to be about family, community and friends.

This pattern shows where my focus is, and forces me to think about purpose and significance.

Tracking failures…it’s true.

What you normally do, your habits, the way you manage your time and your other limited resources have gotten you where you are right now. But it’s also true that if you want to make your best better, you may need to change or stop doing some things.

Tracking what you do helps you discover that some of the habits and routines you had no longer work for you. I always say to my clients who are implementing new habits: “Hurry up and fail, to find out what doesn’t work”.

It’s important that you develop the attitude and ability to learn from failures and move on. However, I do not recommend that you track your failures, but be aware when something doesn’t go according to plan. Track for awareness If you could observe your actions, routines and behavior during a typical workday and write down 16 to 24 “data points” of what you do, you would find aspects to improve.

It could be anything from the way you do something, the tools you use or even the activities you engage in.

Remember, you don’t need to track everything in order to get the benefits of this process. Start with one of your limited resources, and the positive effects will reflect on other areas of your life and work.