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Blogger Productivity: Do You Know How Much Time You REALLY Waste Every Day?

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Years ago I saw an advertisement for a watch that divided a day into 25 hours. The theory was the human mind was programmed to operate on a 25-hour cycle and human beings could be more productive if their time clocks were more in tune with their body clocks. I don’t think that watch ever became a huge hit because I’ve never been able to find one. But there are days when I sure could use it.

Every blogger has days when he wishes there were just two or three more hours in the day, and the other day I noticed a couple of people on Twitter asking if anyone had an extra hour they could send them. So it occurred to me that finding that extra hour might be a good topic for a blog post.

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Here’s how I wasted my time yesterday:

  • Checking Twitter – 3 minutes an hour
  • Looking at my Facebook wall – 2 minutes an hour
  • Checking my stats on a hot article – 2 minutes an hour
  • Checking my affiliate earnings as a result of that hot article – 3 minutes an hour
  • Watching my email for a response to an inquiry – 1 minute an hour
  • Checking for comments on a guest post – 3 minutes an hour
  • Watching a couple of threads on LinkedIn – 3 minutes an hour
  • Reading other blogs – 4 minutes an hour
  • Watching a comment thread on another blog – 3 minutes an hour
  • Trying new header images on a new blog – 2 minutes an hour

If you add all of that together it comes to 26 minutes per hour that I wasted yesterday. Multiply that by the 8 hours that I worked and I wasted almost 3.5 hours of an 8 hour day.

What’s worse is, I don’t see a single thing on that list that was truly necessary – except maybe the coffee. Not only that, but I didn’t take my standard 30 minutes for lunch and I didn’t take my 15-minute walk around the block, both of which give me a chance to relax and recharge my mental batteries for the afternoon so I can be more productive.

The moral of the story is this: We’re all bound to waste a few minutes each day. But when you find yourself looking for a few hours at the end of the day because you just couldn’t seem to get it all done, maybe you need to take a closer look at how you’re really spending your time.

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6 Comments

  1. Kerwyn

    That’s so spot-on, Steven! We may be busy, but are we truly productive? Are we using our time effectively? The only real measure of success is effectiveness. So if we need to find “more time” in a day, the key to doing so is using the time we have more productively. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jann Alexander

    Though the takeaway from this post is that I shouldn’t have been reading this post, your honesty regarding your online digressions was refreshingly eye-opening. I could probably top your 37 minutes per hour, but why keep trying to prove your point? (Incidentally, my rationale for checking all of the same online sources is that it spurs my thinking and creativity and idea flow.) Still, point taken. Gotta go be more productive now. Thanks.

  3. Eli@coachdaddy

    I’ve found that the more I try to multi-task, the more I fail at everything I try to do. I’m not sure I’ve gotten to more items by starting a to-do list, but I have done those things much more effectively.

  4. I can honestly say that I have wasted so much time in the day, and much of it is not being very productive. I become angry with myself and work the next day to be more productive. You are right on point. Keep up the good work.

  5. Good stuff Steven.

    It’s so easy to lose track of time while working on the internet. It’s loaded with non-stop distractions and shiny new objects. Thanks for a great article.

    Sincerely – Bill

    1. Thank you for your comment Bill. Blocking out distraction is certainly a major step you need to take to reach any kind of success.