Welcome to the Business Success program!
Activity tracking is an important first step in goal setting and time management because it sets benchmarks for evaluating your progress. So this first week of the Business Success Program is about tracking your daily activities to establish a benchmark.
First, we need to know what you actually do each day. As business people, we all wear many hats during the day (and sometimes at night, too). But what does this mean? What tasks are we actually performing and how much time do we spend on each activity?
Activity tracking lets you see where your valuable time is being spent, and gives you the data you need to set goals and make the changes to your work habits that will make you more successful.
Daily Activity Tracking Tips
Use a device to record your daily activities that is constantly accessible to you, so you can record exactly what you do when you do it. Memory is fallible - and kind.
A Day-Timer or calendar, an organizer application on your computer or smartphone, a digital recorder, or an ordinary notebook will all work for activity tracking; choose whichever method you are comfortable with and find the easiest to use.
I use a Day-Timer because I like the way it's organized and most of my work takes place in my office. Whatever device you use for activity tracking, make sure it's easy to review what you've been doing so you can analyze the data you're collecting later.
Don't record unnecessary information; it's the activity and the time you spent on it that's important for our purposes. For instance, my entry related to writing this article would be only "writing Activity Tracking", covering the amount of time it took to write it, not a detailed account of the process I went through to write it or what else was going on around me at the time.
Activity Tracking Related Reading
Homework Assignment: Tracking Daily Activities
This week, record all your daily activities and the amount of time you spent on each. If you already keep daily records, continue with whatever system you're using, being sure to focus on what you actually do.
Don't distinguish between business and personal activities at this point. You need to have a complete picture of your schedule so you can more easily see where to make the changes that will make you more successful.
Continue on to Business Success Lesson 2