Due to the nature of my business, I spend quite a bit of time online. Sure, I’m definitely doing legitimate “work” when I’m checking my email and updating my blog, but I’m always catching myself wandering off course.
Reading email somehow turns into watching YouTube videos, and updating Twitter means I wind up clicking links to check out pictures and websites and … you know how it goes.
During my travels in the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out a few ways to better manage my time. the last few weeks, I’ve started experimenting with an egg timer. No, this isn’t something you’d find in a kitchen. What I mean is I’ve been using a piece of egg timer software that you can use online.
How it Works…
You’re probably like me and you think that checking sports scores for 5 minutes and watching a YouTube clip here are there is okay because you’re just doing it for 5 or 10 minutes. Well, you’re probably in for as big a shock as I was after I kept track of things with the egg timer.
“Five minute breaks” add up a lot quicker than I thought they did, because now I can honestly say that I’ve been wasting about 5 hours a week as I sit at my laptop. Five hours!
If you did that at work each week where you earn $20 an hour, your employer is essentially paying you $100 per week to waste time. If you look at it that way, from a boss’s perspective, it’s not pretty.
If you’re getting a paycheck every week no matter what, you might not care, but if you’re self-employed like I am, wasting 5 hours a week can wind up costing you a lot more than time.
Try it For a Week
I recommend you track what you do for a week with this software. This can become one of the best techniques for allowing your mind to focus on work, instead of wasting time on activities that provide zero value.
Should you decide to try the egg timer experiment, let me know what you find out about your own habits. Effective time management is a great way to get more out of your life. (Like I mention in my free report, “Life Plan Mastery”.)
Time is one resource we all have that we know is not renewable: we can’t turn back the clock. That’s why it is so important to make the most of every day we have.
I’m certainly not saying that you shouldn’t watch television or check out websites, but be aware of your habits. Start to realize what you’re doing with your time.
Try out the egg timer I mentioned, if only for a few hours. You’ll probably begin to realize that you’re wasting a lot more time than you thought you did.
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