In my post on the new year, I mentioned the matter of wasted time. I have been thinking about that more today. I have been asking myself, just what is it I waste my time on, and what do I need to do to change it.
Christianity today has a survey asking What is your biggest time waster?
- Rabbit trails in my sermon prep
- Getting lost in my own thoughts
- Phone calls and people interruptions
- Paperwork or administration
- Long, unnecessary meetings
- The internet
One book recommended keeping a journal of how you use your time in one week keeping track of it in 15 minute increments. Then they suggest you take a hard look at that list of doings and divide your activities into three categories:
- Daily Definites: things you absolutely have to do like drive to work, pick up the kids from school, etc.
- Distractions: computer backgammon, obsessively checking email, talking on the phone. Tell the truth.
- Goal-Oriented Actions: activities that contribute to the life you’re committed to creating.
If by chance you noticed that your goal-oriented actions are curiously absent from your daily doings, what is your prescriptive choice? What can you give up to make space for your real life to occur? Are some of your Distractions disguised as Daily Definites?
So before I say, that definitely certain things are my time wasters, I think I am going to keep a time journal and then review it as suggested. I think I am going to go back an read the "GTD" book and see what I need to use from it.So what are your time wasters? Have you ever kept a Time Journal? And have you been successful applying the "GTD" principles to your life?