Awhile back, I decided to track my time in 30-minute increments over the course of a week, as recommended by Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. I did it, painfully and mostly accurately. As most of you know, I’m a reasonably busy lady with a full-time job, heavy travel, two kids under the age of three, a lovely husband, and friends and family I like to hang out with. And I really want to finish Downton Abbey!
The week I chose to track was an interesting one as it involved travel, workshops for teachers, train rides, pediatrician appointments, a book proposal deadline, and a hair appointment. I like to think I’m good at juggling and managing my time well, but I was proven wrong when staring at my hard data.
I figure I can be honest with you guys, right? I learned a few really interesting things. I’ll share them with you over the course of three posts.
Confession #1: I am guilty of cyberloafing ESPECIALLY when I’m doing harder work, such as the aforementioned book proposal. There was one quiet morning in a hotel room (unheard of in my world) when I had planned to use two hours to polish off my proposal. Instead, I decided I absolutely had to order diapers, find my husband a spring coat, take a teeny-tiny peek at Facebook, look at my webinar feedback from a recent series, read multiple articles on the sad story of the missing Malaysian jet, and peruse reviews for books I wanted to read on vacation. Whoops.
Solution: I am turning off the wireless on my computer when it is time to focus. I did that this week, EVEN WHEN ANSWERING E-MAIL, and I got SO much more big stuff accomplished.
Try it. Disconnect. For an hour. And then two.