5 Ways to Track Your Progress (And Why it's so Important) - RescueTime
... but feel like nothing gets done:
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Time management is about taking control of the time you do have available and using it optimally for productivity while creating balance.
Much advice about time management is about creating a to-do list, reminding you what you want to do. However, it's more important to use a schedule, which tells you when you're going to do it.
To build a better time management system, you need to know what you currently spend your time on. You need to know where you're losing time to the wrong things.
To track your time, spend a few days writing a "time log" to track how you spend your day.
If you wait for the ideal conditions before you start, you'll probably never do it.
A lack of motivation is an emotional issue. That means there is no hack to save you. The best way to get motivated is just to start. Small steps on meaningful tasks will build motivation.
Procrastination is worst when we don't see the point of our jobs. The connection to a larger purpose helps us find meaning and motivation at work.
If your job doesn't make a huge impact, think about how it has helped the people you spend your day with. Each day, write down three ways your work has helped your coworkers.
We don't lack motivation because we don't know how to be motivated, but because we don't know how to act on our own knowledge.
When we feel unmotivated, it's common to seek advice. But research shows that giving advice can be more motivating than receiving advice.
We usually give priority to unimportant tasks when there is a sense of urgency around them.
We’re actually psychologically wired to put aside important tasks in favor of tasks that feel more urgent. But spending our time taking care of urgent tasks can leave us feeling exhausted and unaccomplished.
A few explanations as to why it’s so hard to reject urgent tasks:
The problem is that we’re continually bombarded with urgent work: emails, meetings, calls, and instead of being in control of our time and attention, we respond and act on someone else’s priorities.