Managing the Intangible-TIME-Keeping Records of Time Use

 Managing the Intangible – Time: Keeping Records of Time Use

Stop and think about it; few things are as valuable as “time”.  One can achieve great success, fortune, friendship, and love but time rules all of these. We control our achievements in life.  We can expand them or reduce them. We can set our sights on earning more money or connecting with others and expand our circle of those closest to us.  But time, is time. We simply cannot make more of it than there is. Each of us has a finite amount of it and its value is ever increasing.

The good news is in spite of its illusiveness, time can still be managed. We can choose to see time as a controllable commodity and live our lives according to that assumption. This is one of the secrets of successful people ‑ they work at shaping those things which others think are uncontrollable. There are a number of ways to manage our time.  Keeping Records of Time Use is one way to do it.


The experts in time management all agree that the more records you keep, the more you will be aware of the opportunities for improving your use of time. Even if you just do this once a month, it will give you a real snap shot of how you spend your time vs. how you believe you spend your time.  Trust, me those are two difference figures for all of us.

Through systematic record keeping you will learn, among other things, what tasks you’re having trouble with. You can actually chart your performance to get a graphic illustration of your strengths and weaknesses.  It can be a great tool for setting goals for self-improvement.

Special Note: This Blog is the fourth of a series of blogs regarding Time Management. Watch for the next one! And a special surprise at the end!