Have you been actively trying to increase your productivity and the efficiency of your workflow?

I know that I’ve been trying a lot lately, and unfortunately, I’m not seeing the results I would like.

I thought that I was doing well in my efforts, until I read this article by Bidsketch.

I decided to try hack #4 for a day and was blown away by the results. My output was not nearly what I had thought it was.

If you want to be more productive and get more done, try tacking your output.

4. Track Your Output

A lot of people want to work smarter, but they don’t even know where to start.

Deadlines – and the mad scrambling to meet them – completely control their schedule. The process repeats itself day after day because the overwhelmed worker doesn’t even know where all the productivity “holes” are.

It’s kind of like trying to fix a broken water pipe. You can’t do it until you know where the leaks are. And most people won’t ever find out because they don’t track how they’re spending their time.

If you’re willing to do this, however, you can get a realistic idea of your productivity and ideas how to improve it. You don’t have to do this forever. But making the effort to track your output for at least a few days will reveal some eye-opening insights about how you spend your days.

No one wants to write down how they just frittered away two hours watching cat videos on YouTube. And that’s kind of the point. Once you understand how much time you’re spending to produce your work, it’s easier to fill those gaping holes.”

Read the other 4 hacks at Bidsketch.