Develop a Plan

In the next stage—the planning stage—you’ll take what you learned from time tracking and develop the plan you need to spend your time more wisely in the future.

Reclaim your time

You now have a good idea of which kinds of work are taking the most and the least of your time, and a general sense of how those realities measure up against the goals you’ve set. The next step is to find more time to spend on your highest-priority activity.

Say your goal is to improve your people management, but your time-tracking metrics reveal you’ve been spending only an hour per week on people-management-related tasks—not nearly enough. To meet your goal, you’ll need to devote more time, energy, and resources to it. But how much? Three hours? Five? ...

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