Time Diary

Time Diary

Why Keep a Time Diary

No one can manage time. We all manage the way we use time. A “Time Diary” helps people be more aware of how they use time. Then, they can improve how they use time. This will lead to more effectiveness, less stress and more job satisfaction!


The format below works well. You need not go into minute detail. This will take too long. You will benefit significantly by thinking about how much time you spend on chunks of work and the value to you. I give an example below. I recommend you keep the diary for at least four days to get the most out of it.

Afterwards, you can decide how well you use time and make necessary changes.


 TimeWhat I didWhy I did itBenefits
1200Edited Time Diary articleTo help my client with time issues

To make it easier to find on the web

To make it more user-friendly

Helping my client. Showing I care.

Increasing its value

Reminding myself that this tool works and I should use it myself

1230Lunch Hungry and needed a restAble to work better afterwards

You can download an editable blank Time Diary here as an Excel Spreadsheet.

If you would like help using this idea, or have any comments or questions please contact me. Thanks, Nick