Using a Time Management Activity Sampling Log to Improve Time Management
Once you know where you are spending your time, you can do something about the time suckers. First, look at your log. You may wish to highlight any low-priority or not urgent and not important activities you partook in during your logging session. How many low-priority items do you have on your log? What time did these activities occur? Was there another time they could be done (or did they have to be done at all?) Did these activities occur during low-energy times? Was there something else that should have been done in this time period?
If you notice certain times, every day, where energy is scattered, attention is super focused, or where many distractions occur, note this! You will want to create your time map from this. In fact, you may find it helpful, in your log, to record your energy level at the time of different activities.
Finally, you will use your activity sampling log to create a master schedule. Make sure to schedule sleep, meals, exercise, and, yes, even those entertainment activities. Your master schedule should be well-balanced while your activity log may be lopsided. Keep your schedule for a month and then create another time management activity log to tweak for optimal productivity.