I love my Fitbit and so does my 94-year-old father. We hold little competitions during the day to see who’s walked the farthest. Of course, I still work so my numbers are a lot more, but at his age he does pretty well.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a device or app for tracking our workload? You could see how much time you spent on each activity, writing, filing, selling, etc. Well, there are if you want to get really serious. The bummer is that they might also log your time on social media, and that would report a lot of lost time, wouldn’t it?
My son works for a large telecomm in an online chat customer service branch and they track his work all day long. Kind of a big brother watching his every move. I think that would be helpful and scary, and I’m not sure if it helps or hurts humans to see technology gauging their productivity down to the millisecond.
Henry Ford understood the value in his auto assembly line and it revolutionized how we mass produce. It kept workers working at a steady pace that was highly predictable and productive.
When you are self-employed however, getting to see immediate results to our efforts is often hard to document. We can see how many calls we’ve made, or articles we’ve written. Most of us who work for ourselves are hypercritical of our activity or the lack thereof, and work many
hours to make sure we’ve done enough.
I use several old school methods to see if I’m on course. My daily calendar reminds me of appointments and tasks. I also plan the following day by taking a regular legal pad and drawing a line down the middle of the sheet, then divide the two sides into categories by client or group, like: Insurance, associations, book editor, bike club, etc. Then list things that need to be done in each block. To back that up, during heavy work periods, I use a very visual white board to list everything for the whole week.
The joy comes in crossing the items off in red to see what has been accomplished. The more red on the board/sheet, the better I’ve done…and having it on the wall in big letters makes it hard to avoid.
If those don’t turn you on and you need a new app, here is a link to the top 50 productivity apps out today…do you use one of these?
Making work fun with little games or apps like these that you can play with yourself gives you a way to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and pat yourself on the back for a good day/week.
Any way you look at it, it’s fun to ponder.
“Everything you desire is just outside your comfort zone.”