We are in the final stretch of the year, which means it’s time to audit your calendar to see where your time was spent this past year and if it was worth it.
As busy professionals, our time gets pulled in all sorts of directions. Thirty minutes spent on one task could easily leak into hours. Conversely, what you thought you spent hours on could only have been minutes.
Time tracking in your calendar gives you a data-backed, factual look at where you spent the most and least time on each task you accomplished this year.
If you’re not already doing this, you should start now. Make it a habit to input tasks into your calendar as they happen and assign a time tracker to them. You can easily do this on platforms like ClickUp, or use a timer to track your work and enter it manually.
Calendar Audit To-Do’s
Pull out your calendar and analyze it quarter by quarter, asking yourself a few questions:
- What tasks were really necessary?
- What tasks needed more time?
- What tasks could have been done in less time?
- Am I making time for the things that matter most?
Try breaking down your calendar by category to get an even clearer picture of what you spent your time on, such as:
- Personal life
- Events attended
- Marketing efforts
- Business calls and meetings
- Non-essential admin tasks
You could even go a step further and rank each task in your calendar in order from least important to highest priority.
Performing a calendar audit for your business helps ensure that you (and your team) focus on the right things. It provides helpful cues for professional growth, gives a higher level of context to your year, and encourages better time management overall.