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Managing Time (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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Assess Yourself

The first step to effective time management is self-awareness.

You probably have a general sense of what types of tasks you perform on a daily basis, and how much time you spend on each. But perception isn’t always reality, and you may overestimate or underestimate, and any blind spots you have won’t help. Those miscalculations can add up and leave you with an incomplete picture of where your time is going.

That’s why it’s important to actually track your time. For a week or two, keep a log of the tasks that you perform and how much time you spend working on each. This chapter will show you how to put together a tracking plan and log that works for you.

It’s true that time tracking can feel like busywork, but the minutes you spend ...

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