A few weeks ago I did a time audit - simply put I took note of how I was using my time. I then took my findings and compared it to my priorities. I was looking for the basics - was my top priority receiving the largest chunk of my time and so on down the line. I came across some really interesting misalignments, which I have now been consciously working to correct.
If you are interested in seeing the comparison of how your actual time spent lines up with your priorities give these four simple steps a try:
Step 1: Create your list of priorities - Need to do this? Check out this blog post for an idea of how.
Step 2: For one week of relatively "normal" days make note, in detail, of how you are spending your time (you can use your priorities as categories or create other buckets i.e. family, work, errands, me-time etc.) You can get as detailed as you like with your buckets and description of activities.
Step 3: Compare the actual time spent on your priorities. How do these align?
Step 4: Make a plan to make shifts in how you spend your time, if needed, and celebrate where you are successful!