WHAT WE TRACK IMPROVES
Of all the things I Wish I’d Known sooner tracking what I do day to day, hour to hour would be on that list. Simple is best. So the tracking mechanism you use to log your results and responses can be as simple as an excel spreadsheet. I track most of the things I do in my business and personal life from health and fitness to reading and learning to what I do every day at work. Only when you take a moment through your day to log your activities, results, problems and thoughts can you improve yourself, your health, and your income from your business.
Productivity Paradox that states, “The More Structure You Have In Your Day, the More Freedom You Will Have in Your Life”.
I operate off the same script every day, starting early to maximize my magic time so that I work on my most important priorities at a time where I can naturally triple my productivity compared to my slower times of the day. Among other key variables that I explain in my free system at the link below, you must identify, foster, and ruthlessly protect your magic time to get more done and have more freedom.
I’m sure you will recognize the great truth in this, one of my favorite Kekich Credos:
“Life’s easy when you live it the hard way…and hard if you try to live it the easy way.”
When you track your time you can better choose your actions for better results; akin to sharpening the saw
More than 200 ultra-productive people defeat procrastination through as series of personal habits including focusing on minutes, not hours. Average performers default to hour and half-hour blocks on their calendar. Highly successful people know where each of the 1,440 minutes in a day goes, and they know there is nothing more valuable than time. Money can be lost and made again, but time spent can never be reclaimed. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller told me, “To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute.” To become great you must master your minutes to master your life.
“ounces make pounds” survival credo
Here is my current Productivity Workday Tracker in 15 minutes increments:
Workday Tracker 15 Greatness Academy™
Do More Stuff By Giving Yourself Less Time
Whether or not you’re aware of it, you’ve probably experienced Parkinson’s Law many times in real life.
Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
The perceived complexity of a new skill or a task will expand to fill the time you allot it. Give everything strict, tight deadlines for completion. Tracking helps you do this. So enamored, convinced and encouraged by time tracking am I that I now track:
- Daily Water and coffee Intake -water is easily done using 20 oz shaker bottles and marks in my Daily Tracker
- Inverting and workouts
- Our home school brain breaks
- Personal and Business Mistakes
Make a list of your tasks, and divide them up by the amount of time it takes to complete them. Then give yourself half that time to complete each task. You have to see making the time limit as crucial. Treat it like any other deadline. Part of reversing what we’ve been indoctrinated with (work harder, not smarter) is to see the deadlines you set for yourself as unbreakable – just like the deadlines your boss or clients set.
So if you’re struggling to get your product/website done, ask yourself these questions:
- What is your mission?
- Why were you put here? Were you just randomly inserted on this planet to take up space, to text in your vote for American Idol, and leave a carbon footprint?
- Or do you wake up every day thinking about something you want to do and something you want to change in the world?
- If so, do you take action on this dream? Are you at least planning to take action on this dream?
- Can you take action today and get one step closer to “DONE”?
Set Realistic but Aggressive Deadlines
Don’t say you’ll “get to it eventually.” Commit. Tell yourself “it must be done by Friday.” Deadlines make it necessary to prioritize, which is a secret to getting the most important things done first. Combine realistic but aggressive deadlines with a keen eye for prioritization of mission critical tasks, and you’ll take over the world.
Do a weekly review of the past 7 days
By keeping a tracker you can then do a weekly review. A weekly review is one of the best time management habits you can develop. To get started with a weekly review, go through the following steps:
– First, review your tracker and calendar for the past week and the current week – look for loose ends, meetings and other matters that need further attention.
– Second, review your email inbox (personal and company email accounts) and achieve inbox zero.
– Third, review your goals for the year and make plans to work on them in the coming week.
This practice will help you to better plan your schedule and avoid nasty surprises.
Review the past to become better, not assign blame
Repeating past mistakes is one of the worst ways to misuse your limited time. That’s why it makes sense to have reviewed your projects, work deliverables and habits regularly.
Take breaks during the work day
Sitting in a chair at your desk all day is bad for your health according to Popular Science. To maintain your health and focus – key inputs for good time management – take breaks of 5-10 minutes every hour to walk around. Simply getting a glass of water and stretching for a few minutes will do wonders for your body.
In my daily tracking routine I set a timer for 60 minutes. Every time it goes off I do a ‘Brain Break’. Its like a work break but instead of walking to the water cooler I walk next door to my gym. In my gym is another timer I used to track how long I spend (invest) exercising and inverting. I exercise for 15- 25 minutes followed by 5 minutes on the inversion table. When I come back to the lab I feel alert and bulletproof. And check out the below video, which addresses sharpening the saw
I hope you’re filled with inspiration and motivation.
Good business building my friends!
All my best,
SHARPENING THE SAW
In Steve Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Habit #7 is called “Sharpen the Saw.” Covey uses the common analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and is becoming less and less productive. The process of cutting dulls the blade. So the solution is to periodically sharpen the saw.
Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the important areas of your life:
You cannot sharpen what you don’t understand or even remember. To most this type of tracking is important but not urgent.
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P.S. When you’re up and running in your daily tracker email me with the results and modifications. I have an improvement package of “goodies” coming for you to reward your success!