Why yes, I am participating in Laura’s challenge! I’m not submitting anything anywhere, but I have been noting where my time has been going and I actually started 1.1.23 because why not.
This is actually the longest streak of successful time tracking I’ve ever done, though I am sure it is not a perfectly accurate log because I often get lost in doing things and have to try to (imperfectly) recreate the hours spent later on.
It helps that I have been very good about not scrolling/checking stuff incessantly because those tend to create really disorienting time black holes for me!
Here was yesterday:
Here’s today so far:
I am using a Stalogy notebook (this) that has the hours marked subtly down the left hand side. I do like it for time tracking!
What am I going to do with this data? Not sure. It’s almost like the act of having to track it is the main point — the tracking itself promotes more awareness of whether I am spending my time in the ways that I want to, which probably influences how I choose to spend my time. Notably, since I already spend a lot of time thinking about this (and writing about it, and discussing it with a podcast cohost who is a time management expert!) — I find my time expenditures are already in line with my values, for the most part.
Thus, I am not planning on doing it forever, especially since my daily pages in the Hobonichi Cousin include a little timeline of sorts (though I typically only mark scheduled/hard landscape events there).
But it has still been fun/useful. Tiny things I have done as a result:
1- GO TO BED. I prefer ~7.5 hours/sleep. I often get closer to 7 or just below due to my early mornings (which is FULLY my choice, I know!). Last night I went to bed at like 9:20. I think the ‘evidence’ that I was getting a little behind on sleep was helpful.
2- AVOID CATASTROPHIZING ABOUT UNEXPECTED KID STUFF. Yesterday I had to take G to the peds somewhat unexpectedly (she’s totally fine as confirmed at the visit, so don’t worry). And I could have told myself the story that it derailed my day. But it didn’t – I still got a lot done (podcast recording, 2 important meetings, 2 BLPA 1:1s, and more).
3- NOTICE THE SWEET THINGS a little more, like the fact that A and I have been enjoying reading together in her bed while C is at soccer late (w Josh) and G is in bed. We read together for like 45 minutes yesterday and it was so nice to take note of.
Related tangent: I’m super proud of my current practice of docking my phone at night. I DO think my Apple Watch (not new; I’ve had it for a year) has been helpful for this because I can glance at any important text or phone call and even leave short replies but there’s nothing there to scroll (or at least nothing I want to scroll!).