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If you haven’t started time tracking yet, I encourage you to start today. There’s no time like the present. Time tracking is one thing that helps my productivity levels ten-fold.
Time tracking is something that I used to do all the time when I first got into business. It helped me stay on track with everything that I had to do during the day and make sure that I only worked the hours that I needed to. But like a lot of things, I fell out of the habit of it. Maybe I didn’t get it set enough as a habit or maybe I didn’t appreciate how important it was.
It was a business coach who reminded me about time tracking a few years ago. In fact, she provided the tracking sheet. I printed it off and got straight to it. I even started in the middle of the day because I knew how important it was to boost my writing skills and business.
I started time tracking again, making it possible to track my hourly rate more effectively. This was essential with my client work. I needed to make sure that the price I quoted for projects would work out to be a good hourly rate for me. So, I needed to know exactly how long it took me to do things.
Should you use time tracking every day?
Personally, I don’t track my time every day. After a while, I got back into a routine to do things and I could work out how long it would take me to do each project. However, I do time track in a way.
My diary is broken down by hour. I’ll put projects in for the amount of time I expect them to take. If they don’t take as long, that’s great! I’ve overestimated. If they take longer, I know if I’ve been procrastinating or if I just underestimated the amount of work I would need to do.
If you need a boost in productivity, I highly recommend that you start time tracking. It’s very simple to do, and this is a great worksheet to get you started($).
I share more about time tracking and writing in this YouTube video.
So, if you haven’t started time tracking yet, I really encourage you to do it. It’s so simple to do. All you need is a table with the time you start and the activity that you do! You’ll soon find that you spend fewer hours wasted on Facebook and more hours on your business.
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Do you track your time? Are you going to start? Feel free to leave a comment below about time tracking and improving your writing.