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Update on Time Audit: Send me your ideas!

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Sounds like I got the pot stirring with my Time Audit posts. Some of my readers have suggested ways to improve the value of the time audit without increasing inefficiency. I was pointed by Jared Goralnick to a good software tool called TimeSnapper (http://www.timesnapper.com) that I’m going to check out.

In the meantime, some of you have suggested ways to improve the worksheet itself. Download the 4HWW Time Tracking Worksheet and make your mods and email them back to me at rexreedrexreed (at) gmail.com and I’ll be sure to check it out. If it makes sense, I’ll tweak my 4HWW spreadsheet and then upload it again for the rest to review — and give you credit, of course!

Update: I neglected to mention that I’ll recognize all the help I can get on my site! I’ll definitely give you credit for helping… I’m not sure that came across above. So, Hilarycat, Jared, Brick, id_bob, Mr. Anonymous, and anyone else — feel free to pitch in and create some more 4HWW value and make the Internet go-round.

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I’m a paper and ink kind of guy (I say as I sit here now setting up a new FTP backup system and writing blog posts to auto-publish over the weekend).

When I want to see how I’m spending my time, I fill in this sheet I made up on ordinary paper.

I like it simple or I won’t do it.

So I write my start and end times to the nearest 5 minutes. I write down the total minutes beside them. Then a brief description for whatever I’m doing.

The important things are in the next two columns:

+ / – / 0

and:

buomtrn?

+ is taking me toward my purposes and goals, – is taking me away, and 0 is neutral. Picking up the drycleaning for example.

Sometimes, however, something can actually be taking you toward your goal, like reading an instructive book, say, and it isn’t the best use of your time at the moment. Not much use in reading that book when you have no new business in the pipeline.

So that’s where “buomtrn?” comes in. It’s the last part of (time management expert) “Lakein’s question”. It’s #58 on this list.

What I’m really doing when I analyze my time use is looking for a lot of checkmarks in this column.

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