Feb 11, 2020
The first time I tracked my time was back in 2014 I think. I just finished reading 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam (In case you didn't know, that's how many hours there are in a week.). At the time, I was juggling a growing photography business, and I was married to a youth pastor and training for a half marathon.
To be honest, my life felt out-of-control busy. I would stay up late every single night working, and I did that a lot back then. I never felt close to being caught up. It just felt like my work life was taking over. So, I decided to track my time for a week, and I learned that I worked about 32 hours that week when I've been saying I've worked 60 hours. I was really enlarging and just exaggerating my work so much in my head, but it wasn't reality.
Fast forward to today, and I still think back to this exercise. I know not to conflate things in my head or in conversations when I don't actually know the hours I'm spending on them. I try to be much more realistic with my time.
Today I want to share this exercise for YOU to consider. I know you probably don't want another thing to do to add to your already busy life, but this might just give you the insight you need to see how you're actually spending your days and give you the courage to make the changes that you want to make.
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