www.inkthinkerblog.com — Part of my plan to make $100,000 in 2008 is to work more efficiently. I waste a lot of time each day by jumping around from project to project. I call it “multitasking,” but let’s call a spade a spade: I’m procrastinating.
In an effort to be more aware of “where the time goes,” which I wonder every day around 5 p.m. as I look at my barely dented to-do list, I’ve downloaded a handy-dandy piece of time-tracking software, imaginatively called Time Tracker.
The idea originally came to me from Anne Wayman, freelance writer extraordinare and host of both The Golden Pencil and About Freelance Writing, who posted about tracking your time in March 2006 and also during her 31 days to better freelance writing this past summer.
I must confess, it’s taking some getting used to. For instance, I forgot to turn it on to see how long I’ve spent on Inkthinker tonight. But so far I’ve been doing well with it, especially for daily work like the many resumes I write.
Knowing the timer is running keeps me focused, particularly as I try to beat my time for various tasks. It’s like a little game! But I need to be more consistent with it and make starting the clock as much a part of working as opening a Word document.
Once I know how much time I’m actually putting in each day, I can work on streamlining it. My goal? Four hours of actual and one hour each of marketing and bookkeeping each day, with the rest of the day open for my projects or just living life. And by the end of this year, I want to be there. Let’s see how it goes…
Resources for tracking your time:
There are lots of others, of course. Search for your platform (ie, PC or Mac) plus “time tracking software” or something similar and poke around to see what feels right to you. With so many free options available, I don’t recommend spending money on this (even thought it would be a writeoff).
How do you keep track of your hours? Leave a comment!
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