I recently came across an interesting blog, courtesy of the Just Business blog (from the Vancouver Business Journal), called Get Rich Slowly. The article was about how to make more time in your life. The author talks about various strategies from a personal point of view but I think the principle applies for how you spend your business time as well. Do you really know how you spend your time? To be honest, I’m not sure I do.
If you are a business owner you will know how your time just seems to be sucked away and there is always more to do than can be fit into 24 hours. This lack of time can prevent you from being success. One strategy is to start recording how you are spending your time with a log. I know that is a bit of a pain but it’s really the only way to know.
And then once you know where you are spending your time you can make some changes. I have recently started to do a better job of logging. I’ve been using Outlook’s Journal capabilities. It can be exported into Excel so you can do the calculations. Of course your could just record directly to Excel. I had hoped I could use the calendar capability in Outlook but there doesn’t seem to be a way to export the time data.
Let me know how you are doing with your recording. Perhaps we can encourage each other!