Over the past two weeks, I have discussed two practices that improve productive – time tracking and decision making. Each is an effective way to analyze a project, with the goal of making improvements in the business model. They also are helpful in planning a work week.

My ideal work week

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Planning a regular work week

The typical work week is 40 hours. If you work much longer, say 60 hours a week, you may not be working effectively and could be causing damage to your personal life.

The key is to apportion your time in the best way possible to move your business forward. Regularly analyze how you spend your work hours. For example, during your work week, how much time do you spend on –

  • Emails?
  • Social media?
  • Sales?
  • Productivity (Depending on your work, this usually involves your profits)?
  • Working on your business strategy?
  • Managing your Website?
  • Learning?

As an example, here is my regular week, with a target of 42 hours :


To be honest, this is my ideal. I have yet to keep exactly to this model, but I’m working on it. Your ideal week likely will be different, depending on the nature of your business. Regardless, productive hinges on wisely spending your time.


Planning retrospective

How do I know if I meet my objectives during a week? The answer is time tracking. RescueTime software notes the percentage of time I spend on social networking, emails, etc. The Hubstaff chronometer records how much time I spend on individual tasks. Based on the results, I know whether I met my weekly work goals.


How do you spend your work week?

Do you really know on which tasks you spent your time last week?

If so, did your activity harmonize with your business goals?

Do you dare to share your regular week target with us? I’ll give you my feedback.