People sometimes tell me that they want to spend time better. What is the first thing they should do?
My answer is always the same: figure out where the time is going now! Knowing where the time goes means you can make changes based on accurate data. Without accurate data, it’s hard to know if you’re changing the right thing. Maybe something you thought was a problem isn’t. Maybe something you never even considered is taking more time than you imagined.
I have now been tracking my time for three years, and I’ve learned I spend a lot more time in the car than I thought was possible. I have learned that my body has a pretty strong sleep set point: 7.3-7.4 hours per day. I have also learned that I have plenty of time to read, it’s just a question of what I’m filling that time with. Over three years of tracking, I’ve become more intentional about choosing good books.
On the podcast this week, Sarah and I are discussing time tracking. We’re discussing how and why to do it, and what I’ve learned from my logs. Sarah, despite being an Upholder, confesses that she has trouble sticking with time tracking, and we talk about why that might be. We also talk about the journaling aspects of time tracking, and how having these lines on a log can conjure up all sorts of memories.
Then, the Q&A: A listener asked how Sarah handled being sick. When you’ve got a dozen-plus patients waiting for you, taking a sick day is a fairly big deal. We’ve talked in the past about handling kid sick days, but what about grown up illness?
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