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You’re not as busy as you think

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stopwatch and to do list“There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours. “At least I thought I was.”

Then she began tracking her time and found she’d been kidding herself. Washing dishes didn’t take nearly as much time as she thought, while she’d frittered away long stretches on the Internet.

Rather than complaining about your long to-do list, own up to how you’re really spending your time. Benefit? You may gain more control of your time—and life.

 

Here’s how:

1.  Start a time-tracker. Just as you’d track every handful of M&Ms you eat while you’re trying to lose weight, track what you do with your time. Did you hop on Facebook six times during the day and spend five minutes each time? That’s 30 minutes of your day accounted for.

Try project management software for tracking (such as Clarity) or a basic spreadsheet.

One admin, Victoria, uses Outlook to track her time. She first cre...(register to read more)

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