Good data is the first step in problem solving.
Some people are reluctant to use time recording because they would rather just get the job done. They do not want to take a few moments away from the job. Do you want to continue misusing time? Or, do you want to improve?
Avoid making it a bigger task than necessary.
It's the old KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) formula that's best.
If your daily planner includes pre-printed time periods, devise simple codes for specific actions with a dot or tally (as in a "lumberman's tally": |||| || = 35 minutes) for each 5 minutes spent on an activity in a time period. Limit the number of symbols or have a code key in your planner.
For a few seconds at a time you will have an adequate record of (1) time spent, (2) at what time of day it was spent, and (3) on what activity. The logging seconds could amount to a half hour while you discover you used two hours to perform a task that, logically, should only take one hour. The data could indicate if the problem is solved by batching, delegating, automating or eliminating.
Keep a log only on days you sense there is a problem.
Keep a log only until you have enough data to identify and solve a problem.
Some simple samples will appear in the Skill section some day soon.
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