Time Diary

Keeping a Time Diary


No one can manage time. We all manage the way we use time. The “Time Diary” helps people become more aware of how they use time. Then we can decide to change the way we use time if we wish. This may lead to more effectiveness, less stress and more job satisfaction too!


The format below has worked well in the past. You need not go into minute detail. This will take too long. You will get lots of benefits by considering chunks of work and the time they take. I give an example below. I recommend you keep up the diary for a week to get the most out of it.

Afterwards, you can judge if you are using time in the right way for you.

 Time What I did Why I did it Benefits to me and the organisation
1230 Wrote time diary note To help Terry with time issues Enhancing my value to the company

Developing a useful tool

Helping Terry immediately

1310 Lunch  Hungry and needed a rest  Able to work better afterwards




etc etc etc

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