Know Thy Time

Although the title of this post is influenced by Drucker (again), I actually want to share two articles I’ve come across recently on time management and “time reflection” (if that’s a phrase).

The first is by Julie Zhou on Medium—What do I do at work all day? I always enjoy reading about how other individuals manage their time and get things done.

If you asked me What does a normal day look like for you? I’ll probably rattle off some vague answer about spending half my time on product and half of my time on operations (recruiting, 1:1s, etc.)

I have no idea if this is actually true, so I decided to do an audit of my calendar.

The second is from Chris Bowler about a process for consistent weekly reviews.

A good weekly review should less about what your overall list of responsibilities and more of a review of what you’ve just accomplished in the week past and how you’re going to get closer to your most important goals in the week to come.

I’m going to incorporate a good bit from Chris’ post in my own weekly reviews this week.

Getting the Right Things Done

I’m in the process of reading The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker. One of the main threads in the book is “Know Thy Time.” The point is simple—effective individuals understand where their time is going. More importantly, they understand where their time should be going and work to reconcile the delta between the two.

As I was reading the chapter, I realized I was doing well at the first part; I knew roughly where I was spending my time. I use Todoist to track tasks, a paper notebook for staying on top of appointments, and RescueTime to automatically log how long I spend on various apps/websites on my computer.

How do you take that next step though? How do you actually do anything with that information?

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