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I Tracked Every Minute of my Life For 7 Days… This is What Happened

I Tracked Every Minute of my Life For 7 Days… This is What Happened

How often do you say to yourself “Where did the day go?” What if I told you there was a solution, and that it doesn’t cost any money? What if I said, “All you need to do is track your time.” ? Alright, I’m not going to waste any of your time on a long and boring intro. It is 7:24AM, Monday morning, and this week I’m wanna track where every single minute of my week goes. I wanna know where all of my time is going because frankly, it feels like everyday is just too short, I don’t get enough done, or I don’t know where the time went and that changes today. Alright, how am I doing this? I’m using an app in the Playstore by the name of “aTimeLogger”. Honestly, I just picked it because it looked like it had a lot of good reviews. I’m pretty sure any time-tracking app will work just fine. Lemme share a little bit what I’m doing here… I created categories for all the different activities that I might do in a typical day and began tracking everything. The fantastic thing about this app is that it gives you reports on where your time is going. Currently, this time right now is going to the category of “Filming” and “Prep”. I also have a theory that just— just the act of tracking my time will put a little bit of fire into my ass so that… I’m not sharing embarrassing results at the end of this week. Alright, lets see how things go. Why track your time? Peter Drucker, famous Austrian American educator and author of “The Effective Executive” said: “What gets measured, gets managed.” This is a bigger deal than you might think. It’s pretty simple: if you’re trying to manage your weight, you need to track what you’re consuming and how much, as well as how many calories you’re burning. If you’re trying to manage your money, you need to track exactly how much you’re making, and where that money is going. If you’re trying to manage your time, you need to track exactly where it is that your time is going. I was surprised to find that I seem to have the habit of putting a little bit of effort in a lot of different things. Kind of like I enjoy the feeling of being busy more than I seem to enjoy getting things done… that’s not good. So, I had no plans to got to the supermarket today, but um I just realized that I don’t have any almond milk or bread for tomorrow. And I just went a few days ago, so this kind of is showing me that I have a little bit of a planning issue. Even though the supermarket’s just a few blocks away, this is time that’s going into something that I hadn’t even planned to do today. Going to the grocery store obliterated an entire hour of my day. There’s an expression used for the financial world that feels really relevant to this. They call it “Death by a 1,000 Cuts”. This refers to the fact that it’s the little expenses that add up and that will cripple you financially. Five dollars here or three dollars there doesn’t seem like much, but over a lifetime, it adds up. The same can be said of time-management. We’ve forgotten how to stick to particular tasks because
we’re bombarded with notifications all day long. All right so everything’s in my
backpack or in these plastic bags that I brought to the supermarket, we’re not
gonna waste plastic. Trying to rush back right now because I wanted to do some
street photography before the light’s gone. See, this is the problem with not
planning properly your day. All right it is 8:35 a.m. Thursday so
we’re in day four of this experiment and I think it’s time to do kind of a check
up on where we’re at with things. Okay, so I’ve got three full days of data that I
can now look at fortunately because of the fact that I’m tracking everything. Let’s assess the damage here, Wow… Well, first of all I think what sort of
strikes me is the fact that sleeping automatically takes about 1/3 of my day. I think we all know that, right, if we sleep around 8 hours a night but it’s
still just seeing it in the pie chart it’s just a reminder that the time we
actually have is less than we think. Ok wow this is crazy. So I’ve gone into
calendar view to look at how my time is split up throughout the day and it’s
like it looks like some sort of horribly designed striped t-shirt or something. I am absolutely all over the place. It seems like I cannot stick to one task.
This is crazy, and like embarrassing. This says to me
that I’m sort of tackling my life, at least lately as kind of a game of
whack-a-mole where as soon as things come up I’m putting my attention and
energy towards them instead of staying focused on the stuff that I plan to do. I mean looking at this I definitely don’t think I’m harnessing the power of like
deep work, for example, right? Which requires you to sit down and get into
the zone for a while. It’s difficult because you know the truth is I do get
kind of antsy sometimes when I’m sitting down for too long, when I’m editing,
whatever. So I think what I need to do is sort of take the lesson here and try and
correct this for the remainder of the week. I’m gonna try and block out my time,
so that even if there’s a distraction or something comes up or I want to check my
phone, I’m not allowing myself to do that to see if I can get more done if I just
stay focused on a task for a longer period of time. I definitely want to end
my week strongly so there’s no time to waste. Look, the truth is I want this video to show an amazing transformation, that all
of a sudden I became this productivity machine and it was happily ever after. But guess what? I’m not here to lie to you. The truth is a lifetime of time
mismanagement doesn’t just end in one week. Deeply ingrained habits, both good and bad don’t disappear overnight. That being said, I don’t consider this week a failure at all. I realized over the
course of the last seven days that this is a way bigger deal than I thought. Tracking my time brought an immense amount of awareness and understanding as
to where it is my time was going. If I can begin to curb some of my bad habits
as I did this week in little ways, I think I can see a huge difference in my
life but I can only start to do that by knowing where the problem is. You know, we’re not machines. Not every minute has to be put to optimal use, but I do think that small adjustments, a little bit of awareness, and a little bit of discipline
can make a huge difference. Over the second half of this last week I was
intentional about trying to block out periods of time for just concentrated
work and I feel like that had an impact. I feel like I was able to get more done. I don’t think I’m gonna be so intense about it and track every single minute
but I do want to continue to track certain activities, to know how much
time’s going into different aspects of my life. There are a lot of great books
on this topic, one that I would recommend is “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. This was a book that was recommended to me by Chloé Kian, who’s another content
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see an unedited version of me. All righty. Thank you for watching. I’ll see you soon.

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