How much of your workday is spent reacting to events that happen over the hours you spend at the office? How much is spent on planning and strategy? Finally, ask yourself how much time is spent towards real problem solving, or getting to the root problems of the issues you spent the other few hours reacting to?
If you can sit down and successfully audit the amount of time you spend on a given day doing what kind of work, you’ll have a better idea of where you should put your efforts, and what you can expect your average day to look like.
Scott Belsky writes a great post on this at the 99U. The five types he discusses are:
- Reactionary work
- Planning work
- Procedural work
- Insecurity work
- Problem-solving work