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.
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.