Time Study

In most professions time is a valuable resource. Efficiency and productivity depends on how we manage our time. It is my experience most people do not effectively manage their time by prioritizing, delegating and leveraging tools because they are unaware of time spent on tasks. A simple method I find effective is keeping a log of activities throughout the day. For this I simply use Microsoft Excel and record all activities even a 2 minute phone call or 1 minute email reply. After doing this for several days, examine it. Analyzing your time isn't necessarily easy and may require questioning long-held assumptions. Often you do not realize how much time is spent on certain tasks. Question your priorities, identify opportunities for delegation and discover opportunities for leveraging technology. It is difficult to apply technology solutions until you have a clear understanding of the opportunities.