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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.
Do you track your time? Are you going to start? Feel free to leave a comment below about time tracking and improving your writing.