Hi all, this post has 2 purposes:
- To give you a suggestion on how you can track your digital procrastination – what I call ‘Structured Procrastination’
- To update you on an exciting development on the tool I use to monitor this myself.
So, let’s dive in or skim the surface, the choice is yours …
Get a grip on how your digital procrastination affects your priority workload management
Sometimes it is useful to be confronted with the reality and the consequences of our behaviours – preferably before it is too late!
Activity logs are a useful tool for this but paper time management logs are so last millennium. They take time to complete manually and, lets face it, when most of us are not in meetings we are working digitally, so it makes sense to use a digital logging tool to assess our time management behaviours. That’s why I use Qlockwork (non-affiliate) straight out of the box and recommend it.
If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your primary email, calendar and high priority workload management tool, I suggest you take advantage of the free trial of this software and use it to see exactly how you are investing your digital time at work. It works with stand alone Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Outlook profiles. It lives on your PC, so all data stays securely with you. AND it tracks all your digital activity – not just Outlook based work. Scary sometimes!!!
You might also want to skim my posts on The frog, the octopus and the procrastinator and the Resistance / Procrastination matrix then, if you are thinking about downloading Qlockwork check out how I use it.
Update on Qlockwork
Currently this super software works as an Outlook add-in but Anne Currie, the brains behind it all, tells me that she is working on making it available in other ways, so that it will be available to non-Outlook based workers. Rest assured that I will post this news here as soon as Anne releases it.
Well, that’s it for now. I’d be delighted to hear from you on your thoughts around overcoming procrastination – use the comments area below. Onwards and upwards,