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February 11, 2010


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Ok, I completed my list. It seems I'm having sex 20 hours each day. The other 4 I am sleeping.

This article is interesting and it made me think about managing my time better since I have a moonlighting business. Are there any other tips or books out there? I was also thinking how this book would be good to listen to in my car since I don't have much time to read.

"I made a conscious decision to Postpone Spanish to focus more time on the book."

I'm not so sure you made the right decision....

You are my kind of people!!! Hahahaha!!!

On topic, I was surprised when I followed through on this whole thing...multi-tasking is a life saver!!! I only have 2 hours a day that I could change (tv time) and I like tv, so I'm keeping those too. Yay! Here's what I ended up with:

Sleeping – 8 1/2 hours

Work – 8 1/2 hours...although I do get most of my reading and internet time done here's been slow.

Driving – 1 1/4 hours

Meals/Snacks – 40 husband does most of the cooking...I assemble.

Personal – 50 minutes

Watching TV – 2 husband and I watch our favorite shows and chat.

Personal growth – 30 minutes...I read and blog at work usually or multitask while watching TV.

Home maintenance – 15 minutes...thank you Jacquie (our maid)...I usually only have to spend 45 minutes grocery shopping a week. I also unload the dishwasher and run a load of laundry every 3-4 days.

Family – 1 hour...this is the half hour we spend just talking before bed and the half hour we rehash our days while my husband cooks.

Helping – None...I only volunteer on the weekends and we aren't fostering any dogs right now.

Socializing – 30 minutes...I call my mom once a week and my grandparents once a week for about an hour each. I also schedule stuff with our friends for the weekends and Friday night.

I put everything in the Keep column since it all makes me happy or has to be done (1.5 hours of Driving and Home Maintenance).

This post cracks me up. We recently had a program enacted at work where we had to keep track of time spent on everything to "increase productivity". I''m sure some people benefited, but they tried a one-size-fits-all strategy across the globe.

What I found was that trying to keep track of all of this stuff actually hurt my productivity quite a bit. I'm a pretty good multitasker when it comes to work. When I'm waiting for one operation to complete, I'll switch systems and work on something else. While I'm going about my day, my boss will find me and ask me some questions and get opinions about projects that are still a couple of months away. He's admitted that he does this on purpose to get me brainstorming in the back of my mind to come up with some good ideas. So you can imagine keeping track of all of this stuff took quite a bit of time. And beyond that, it was extremely demoralizing.

After a couple of months, my boss told me not to bother with the project tracking. Thankfully, he got it, and he knew my productivity is way higher than most engineers' (I can't really BS him on that either because he has a similar background and has been in the industry for a lot longer than he is).

Honestly, if I had to continue the program, I would have found another job or just refused to do it and deal with the consequences.

My point being, don't try to do this for a long period of time, it will drive you nuts. And to those managers who think that this might help improve productivity, don't bother. If you don't already know this information, this won't solve your problem.

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