Benjamin Franklin once challenged a friend, “Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
You’ll love your time more once you realize how much of it you are wasting.
Start buying back some of the only resource you can’t buy more of by considering whether the routines that dominate your life may have seduced you into believing that you actually know where your time really goes.
This short article from HBR shares a simple technique that used for a few minutes each day may ultimately save you months, perhaps years. The late great Peter Drucker also recommended this exercise for senior leaders in his wonderful book “The Effective Executive”. Once you try it, you’ll realize the truth of another great adage, slightly modified; if you don’t measure it, you won’t manage it.