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By Eric Barker
July 9, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

How Can You Spend Time Wisely?

We all wonder where the hours go. There’s a good reason for that — we’re absolutely terrible at remembering how we really spend our time.

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Nowhere is this truer than with work. Are you a workaholic spending 75+ hours at work a week? Then you’re probably off by as much as 25 hours.

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It’s no shock that we don’t spend time wisely — most of us have no idea where the time goes.

We do know some of the culprits. TV. Web surfing. And email. Oh yes, email.

Knowledge workers spend 28% of their time with email. 58 percent of smartphone owners don’t go an hour without checking their device. 9 percent check it during religious services.

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Why can’t we focus? Dan Ariely says it’s an issue of visibility.

Calendars are great for showing things that take 30 minutes but can’t help us judge progress on big projects or creative endeavors that take 30 hours.

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How Do You Break Free?

In my interview with Cal Newport he said that the emphasis on productivity tricks was problematic. It’s only part of the solution — and not the important part:

We spend time wisely when we plan:

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It’s even a good idea with your free time.

Caterina Fake points to management expert Pete Drucker who says working at home in the morning is the only real solution.

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So what do you need to do?

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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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