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Timekeeping: New Year's Resolutions

SOMEHOW, THE MONTHS HAVE FLOWN BY SINCE HIS & HERS FIRST STARTED PONDERING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. ONE OF OUR BIGGEST GOALS FOR 2018 WAS TO GET BETTER AT TIMEKEEPING (MEANING ONLY SCHEDULING A SENSIBLE NUMBER OF APPOINTMENTS OR COMMITMENTS PER DAY AND, WELL, GENERALLY DOING A BETTER JOB OF KEEPING TRACK OF THE TIME).

To be fair, it wasn’t a particularly glamorous goal and sadly didn’t involve splashing out on any new toys such as fancy fitness trackers or designer gym gear. However, we just had the sense that if we could master our minutes, we really could achieve more in the day. So efforts have been made to do a better job of tracking where all that time really is going.

Simple things, such as scheduling a regular ‘bedtime’ on the ‘phone and trying to stick to it have proven surprisingly helpful when trying to stay productive and well rested through the week.

So far so straightforward if you only have yourself to motivate. However, we know that a lot of our readers own their own businesses (hat tip to you all!) so also need to keep the whole team productive. Perhaps you have some great rousing speeches up your sleeve, or are planning to bribe the team with Easter eggs (always a winner in our book!)

However, if you’re really serious about making 2018 the year you and your team take on the world, simply monitoring your timekeeping with a Time and Attendance tracker could be the way forward. After all, we tend to do much better at the things we actively track.

And as His & Hers discovered after setting a regular ‘bedtime’, it’s much easier to stick to goals when they’re measurable and specific, rather than vague good intentions, such as getting to bed or arriving at the office earlier. Somehow those vague, untracked plans only ever seem to work out for a few days before real life gets in the way!

If you have any tips for improving your timekeeping, or have been doing more to monitor when you arrive at and leave work, go to bed or head to the gym, please tell us about what’s working for you (or what’s not!) and tell us whether getting more disciplined has given you the chance to make time for more of the things you love throughout the week.

With thanks to Time and Attendance for the timekeeping inspiration.

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