Where did my week go?

Jena Powell

Have you ever stopped for a moment at the end of a day and wondered how 24 hours slipped by in what seemed like a blink of an eye? How about in a week? Or maybe even a year?

We all have 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year.  But we all choose to use those days, moments, and years so differently.

If you are like most people, you have big dreams and goals of where you want to be a year from now. But the real question is, what about today? Have you created a plan to help you attain that goal? Each day are you taking the steps to close the gap between reality and the goal you are reaching toward?

If you ask a hundred people around the world what they are spending each minute on in life, I think it would be safe. Do you know where your times is going?

How many hours are you spending with your family each week? How many hours did you spend on replying to emails last week? Social media draining your time? Everyone has things that matter to them, how many hours this week did you get to spend on those things? Do you find yourself continually putting out fires at work, behind the game, and unable to make the real changes you want and need to?

Humans tend to learn the most about themselves when they ask a lot of hard questions. So go ahead, start asking yourself where your time has been going, but be honest with yourself.

One of the amazing tools that we have been using here to help us answer a lot of these questions is an App called “Toggl.” Toggl is free and it is super easy to use. What happens with Toggl is when you start your day you push “start” then select a category (I’m writing this under the category “Aurora”).  When you are done with one task you just push “stop” and start a new one. It’s as simple, and easy as that. People usually think this will waste time, but I assure you, it only takes seconds. It is definitely worth the time and effort.

I’m not suggesting you do this all the time. Maybe just a week. This will give you a baseline of what you spend an average week on. One of the things I saw last week was that I spent over 15 hours in the car driving. While some of that can not be avoided, I plan on figuring out how to make better use of my phone and email to help minimize drive time. I also realized that when it came down to it, I wasn’t working as many hours as I thought I was. I definitely plan on keeping it that way.

I realized that my attention is all over the place, I jump from email to phone to meeting in the course of minutes. It’s unbelievably unproductive and I plan on putting some safeguards in place to help me focus better (airplane mode for the cellphone and limit emails to twice a day).

So here’s my challenge for you whether it’s Toggl or a piece of paper. Start tracking where you spend your time this week, and review at the end of the week to see if you are spending your life on the things that matter most to you.

Justin Powell

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