Setting up Your Time Map For Recording
First, determine which time increments you want to keep track of - hours, half-hours, quarter hours? Now, open a new Excel Spreadsheet file. Record the time increments down the left side of your worksheet until you have a full 24 hours accounted for. Once you have recorded the time-increments, then along the top list the days of the week starting with either Monday or Sunday depending upon your preference.
Second, for a week, you will be recording how you spend your time for each and every moment of each day in your Excel Worksheet. You can color code each activity. For example, sleep could be green, client work red, family time purple. If you space out record this too. After a week you may recognize a pattern and you can rework yoru schedule to account for this. To color code your time-map, click on "Conditional Formatting" in your toolbar. Select "Highlight Cells Rules" and then choose "Text that contains...." If, for example you want to color your sleep time green, type "Sleep" into the box and then select "Green Fill with Dark Green Text."
If you need help with timing your activities, you may wish to download one of the free time tracking utilities available on the internet.
Once the week is up, take a look at your time map. Total up the amount of time spent for each category for each day and for the entire week. Are you spending time on what you should be? Are you spending more time than you should sleeping? Do you need to spend more time with your family? Be honest with yourself when looking at your results.