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I Tracked Every Minute of my Life For 7 Days… This is What Happened

November 10, 2019

How often do you say to yourself “Where did the day go?” What if I told you there was a solution, and that it doesn’t cost any money? What if I said, “All you need to do is track your time.” ? Alright, I’m not going to waste any of your time on a long and boring intro. It is 7:24AM, Monday morning, and this week I’m wanna track where every single minute of my week goes. I wanna know where all of my time is going because frankly, it feels like everyday is just too short, I don’t get enough done, or I don’t know where the time went and that changes today. Alright, how am I doing this? I’m using an app in the Playstore by the name of “aTimeLogger”. Honestly, I just picked it because it looked like it had a lot of good reviews. I’m pretty sure any time-tracking app will work just fine. Lemme share a little bit what I’m doing here… I created categories for all the different activities that I might do in a typical day and began tracking everything. The fantastic thing about this app is that it gives you reports on where your time is going. Currently, this time right now is going to the category of “Filming” and “Prep”. I also have a theory that just— just the act of tracking my time will put a little bit of fire into my ass so that… I’m not sharing embarrassing results at the end of this week. Alright, lets see how things go. Why track your time? Peter Drucker, famous Austrian American educator and author of “The Effective Executive” said: “What gets measured, gets managed.” This is a bigger deal than you might think. It’s pretty simple: if you’re trying to manage your weight, you need to track what you’re consuming and how much, as well as how many calories you’re burning. If you’re trying to manage your money, you need to track exactly how much you’re making, and where that money is going. If you’re trying to manage your time, you need to track exactly where it is that your time is going. I was surprised to find that I seem to have the habit of putting a little bit of effort in a lot of different things. Kind of like I enjoy the feeling of being busy more than I seem to enjoy getting things done… that’s not good. So, I had no plans to got to the supermarket today, but um I just realized that I don’t have any almond milk or bread for tomorrow. And I just went a few days ago, so this kind of is showing me that I have a little bit of a planning issue. Even though the supermarket’s just a few blocks away, this is time that’s going into something that I hadn’t even planned to do today. Going to the grocery store obliterated an entire hour of my day. There’s an expression used for the financial world that feels really relevant to this. They call it “Death by a 1,000 Cuts”. This refers to the fact that it’s the little expenses that add up and that will cripple you financially. Five dollars here or three dollars there doesn’t seem like much, but over a lifetime, it adds up. The same can be said of time-management. We’ve forgotten how to stick to particular tasks because
we’re bombarded with notifications all day long. All right so everything’s in my
backpack or in these plastic bags that I brought to the supermarket, we’re not
gonna waste plastic. Trying to rush back right now because I wanted to do some
street photography before the light’s gone. See, this is the problem with not
planning properly your day. All right it is 8:35 a.m. Thursday so
we’re in day four of this experiment and I think it’s time to do kind of a check
up on where we’re at with things. Okay, so I’ve got three full days of data that I
can now look at fortunately because of the fact that I’m tracking everything. Let’s assess the damage here, Wow… Well, first of all I think what sort of
strikes me is the fact that sleeping automatically takes about 1/3 of my day. I think we all know that, right, if we sleep around 8 hours a night but it’s
still just seeing it in the pie chart it’s just a reminder that the time we
actually have is less than we think. Ok wow this is crazy. So I’ve gone into
calendar view to look at how my time is split up throughout the day and it’s
like it looks like some sort of horribly designed striped t-shirt or something. I am absolutely all over the place. It seems like I cannot stick to one task.
This is crazy, and like embarrassing. This says to me
that I’m sort of tackling my life, at least lately as kind of a game of
whack-a-mole where as soon as things come up I’m putting my attention and
energy towards them instead of staying focused on the stuff that I plan to do. I mean looking at this I definitely don’t think I’m harnessing the power of like
deep work, for example, right? Which requires you to sit down and get into
the zone for a while. It’s difficult because you know the truth is I do get
kind of antsy sometimes when I’m sitting down for too long, when I’m editing,
whatever. So I think what I need to do is sort of take the lesson here and try and
correct this for the remainder of the week. I’m gonna try and block out my time,
so that even if there’s a distraction or something comes up or I want to check my
phone, I’m not allowing myself to do that to see if I can get more done if I just
stay focused on a task for a longer period of time. I definitely want to end
my week strongly so there’s no time to waste. Look, the truth is I want this video to show an amazing transformation, that all
of a sudden I became this productivity machine and it was happily ever after. But guess what? I’m not here to lie to you. The truth is a lifetime of time
mismanagement doesn’t just end in one week. Deeply ingrained habits, both good and bad don’t disappear overnight. That being said, I don’t consider this week a failure at all. I realized over the
course of the last seven days that this is a way bigger deal than I thought. Tracking my time brought an immense amount of awareness and understanding as
to where it is my time was going. If I can begin to curb some of my bad habits
as I did this week in little ways, I think I can see a huge difference in my
life but I can only start to do that by knowing where the problem is. You know, we’re not machines. Not every minute has to be put to optimal use, but I do think that small adjustments, a little bit of awareness, and a little bit of discipline
can make a huge difference. Over the second half of this last week I was
intentional about trying to block out periods of time for just concentrated
work and I feel like that had an impact. I feel like I was able to get more done. I don’t think I’m gonna be so intense about it and track every single minute
but I do want to continue to track certain activities, to know how much
time’s going into different aspects of my life. There are a lot of great books
on this topic, one that I would recommend is “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. This was a book that was recommended to me by Chloé Kian, who’s another content
creator online. If you enjoyed this video consider hitting that subscribe button. All of my content revolves around mental clarity and productivity, and I try to make it fun. I try to make it more approachable. You can also sign up to my
newsletter for updates, and I’m also using that as a way to share some of the
cool stuff that I’m discovering. I have a Patreon page where you can support this
project and get access to exclusive content like behind the scenes or, you know, videos that I don’t even release on this channel. And finally you can follow
me on Instagram. I do live streams every Sunday. That’s a great way for me to kind
of connect with you guys and answer questions and also you get a chance to
see an unedited version of me. All righty. Thank you for watching. I’ll see you soon.

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    Is it just me or is this guy kind of attractive? Haha

  • Reply Merlin X. Parache May 15, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    You're my new source for inspiring me to better myself. Thanks for the content and love the music you used in the video. Keep it up!

  • Reply David Simmer May 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Reminds me of „Momo“

  • Reply seemo May 15, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Useful video

  • Reply Michał Borski May 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    very cool stuff

  • Reply elizabeth RH May 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Are you living in Mexico? 💖
    I would recognize those streets and that money everywhere.

  • Reply DokaMB May 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Nice vid, bro. Your channel is awesome. Matt D'Avella feelings. Keep doing it!

  • Reply Nayla Meza May 17, 2019 at 2:42 am

    you look so much like Alfie Deyes

  • Reply hobi's heart May 17, 2019 at 3:38 am

    i was expecting him to write down what he was doing every minute or something like that lol

  • Reply Le Twixter May 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    That was Mexican Currency! 😱 I just recognized it

  • Reply Avinash Dadhich May 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Name of that app? Which was used by you to track time because I can't find it on play store and from India

  • Reply My Simple Intentional Life May 19, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Another great book about time management is 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

  • Reply MaNuInTheBox May 20, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Wow I would never thought you were in Mexico! I'll do this once my new cellphone arrives!

  • Reply Dania Sandoval May 20, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I absolutely love your videos, thank you for your existence

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  • Reply Leonn Kent May 21, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Hey there. I love your videos. They really gave an impact on me and now I'm trying to change my life more too. Quick question, what watch are you using in the thumbnail??

  • Reply AB-VHS May 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I actually schedule time to waste. I can do whatever I want, except do social media. Sometimes, I do extra work, others I sit in a bean bag and dig for nose gold. Regardless, I enjoy it.

  • Reply Matthew Law May 22, 2019 at 2:04 am

    How do you account for time when you are doing more than one thing such as listening to audio books while driving to and from work?

  • Reply Stephanie Dahlin May 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Your plant makes me sad. And thirsty.

  • Reply The McCorkell’s May 26, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Are you Matt Davellas twin? A lot of your thumbnails look identical to his? Copycat or… 🧐

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  • Reply André O May 27, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Hey buddie. I’m so inspired by your videos and would love to exchange some views. I’m in Mexico City too, hugs

  • Reply Jay J May 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    hahaha no way.. bro i was thinking about the compound effect throughout the whole video and then you mentioned it.. i was like legitness!

  • Reply Sanjay Jangid May 29, 2019 at 1:20 am

    What watch is that?

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    Is there any link to buy your watch? I love it!!

  • Reply Priti Singer May 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Dont be so hard on yourself. We all aren't born with a schedule, yes scheduling IS great and order IS fantatsic. It brings clarity and other symptomatic benefits. But let's all recognise something far more special… we have an energy… that if left to it's own devices can resolve all things naturally if we just let it. We act like it's an untrustworthy source, from experience, its who we are essentially. A bit of refined and unrefined energy is what is probably needed. Along with a healthy level of self awareness. Namaste. 🙏🏽❤

  • Reply Mateo May 31, 2019 at 4:55 am

    I downloaded a time logger. Terrified at what it's going to show me.
    Also, i used to live in that neighborhood. It's nice seeing those streets again. I can't remember if that's calle amsterdam or a different one with a camellón.

  • Reply Juul van Geleuken June 1, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Hmm yes, but isn't it kind of stressful to constantly be planning your time, and rushing to get things done? Isn't life sometimes about just being spontaneous, and time spend enjoyed is never wasted?

  • Reply Luca D June 2, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I feel like many men have severe time wasting porn habits that need to be eradicated

  • Reply Tom Carolan June 3, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Great video, but on one day he only spent 5 MINUTES talking to people. It just seems that that would get really lonely and depressing.

  • Reply Andre NM June 4, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Me gusta esa vibe que tienes de hacer los vídeos porque es una manera que encontrastes de beneficar a tu mismo. Una pregunta, donde en españa vives? jajaja

  • Reply Mr Prince June 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    look great in everything! you look amazing in all your great video!!!

  • Reply He-Ping Lu June 4, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Just wanna know where did you get your cool watch!

  • Reply Katherine K June 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    We actually do stuff like this in Occupational therapy. Don't beat yourself up so much for bumping around. Everyone does it to some degree. Far more important is how quickly you can train yourself to come back to the high value tasks after putting out a fire, and ensuring the fires you are putting out are critical enough to interupt another task.

  • Reply Sapphire Conran June 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Where the f do you live !! I need to live there !!

  • Reply Marcos Calomeno June 5, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Some plants need water haha

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    I wish people would stop saying how much like Matt D'Avella he is. I personally would hate to be constantly compared to another person in this way.

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    2:00 Where can I get a pair of shoes like that?

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    the shot at 5:11. Just amazing!

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    Been watching your videos the past few days to week. Great work and great filming quality. What do you use for you equipment?

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    Kleinvieh macht auch Mist

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    Your content is much better than the clickbait-sounding titles made me expect. Keep it up!

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    What is the watch's brand, bro?

  • Reply Liz Moulded June 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    they way you try to understand the world is pretty sympathetic. you just try things out what people say that are good and after trying it out have a better picture of it yourself 🙂

  • Reply Junabul Jishan June 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I used this app long ago! it's great!

  • Reply FlixTwix June 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    What an astounding place you live in. I instantaneously wished to get there after seeing your walk to the supermarket.

  • Reply Nolwenn June 18, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Your plant seem to dying. In week, how much time are you use to care about your plants? 😁🌱 (question by bad curiosity)

  • Reply HowRandomIsRandom June 19, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I just realised, the amount of time I spend scrolling through the comments of a YouTube video is comparable to the duration of the video itself. This is embarrassing because it was something I kept doing without even realising. Only when I came to the comments section after watching this video did I notice my habit. Thanks Nathaniel for helping me be more aware of my actions before I can even give time tracking a shot!

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    #thank you! i found my days back towards to work efficiently

    thumbs up!

  • Reply Brad Cooper June 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I tried tracking my time and I failed, I'm just way to ignorant about it. But after watching this video I think I'm going to try that again.
    Thanks Nathaniel… Your videos really inspire me.

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    pls create a follow up vid to 30days

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    1:38 how the frick do you have Mexican pesos?!? 😂

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    Does anyone know where nathaniel gets his watch

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    What's that watch in the thumbnail?

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    Has anyone tried any good time tracking apps for IOS? What did you think of them? I’m looking for something cheap and effective 🤔

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    Parque México!!!

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    Where did you buy your grey shoes?

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    People are pegging their pants again?!😱😱
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    Surely, you are not eating that bowl of crap for breakfast??!!🙈

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    Nathan, your videos are superior to Matt D'Avella. Your work is great. I also really enjoyed your Spanish and French channels, I like how your personality shifts between this channel and those but remains you.

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    Дякую за таку чудову роботу. Ти заслуговуєш мільйонних переглядів

  • Reply Ba Ong July 27, 2019 at 3:08 am

    It’s a good effort but I don’t like having to “record/report to” everything I do to anyone or to my phone.

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    Just find your channel and I’m very impressed! Wish you a lot of inspiration for future videos🌟 Thank you for your work!

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    4:07 it's called slow-motion multitask, look it up. This is how our brains work.

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    Me : something useless (memes) watch Till the end
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    Love your stuff broo

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    Hawethorne effect is that when you measure things and feedback that, it changes the result.

  • Reply Nessa Elessar August 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    "This looks like some sort of horribly designed striped t-shirt" – hahaha. I can relate very well. This is my biggest enemy, badly striped t-shirts aka the little tasks. I hate the little tasks.

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    Me encantan los enfoques de tu canal. Los temas y proyectos son super interesantes! Felicitaciones! Saludos desde Argentina!!

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    All your videos are a wake up call for me.

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    I’ve been trying this for the past couple days and the amount of time I spend on YouTube/social media is lowkey horrifying. I also read less than I thought tho despite how much I love reading so, uh, guess that’s a swap imma try n make :))

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    circuito amsterdam, superama condesa jajaj 😀

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    Nathaniel reminds all of us that we have been wasting hours and hours every day for many years..everybody knows that productivity is key to reaching goals..but sometimes it feels like(as he perfectly said)we don’t have enough time and we cannot get things done…all I can say is keep trying and keep going guys..greetings from Italy Nathaniel..I always appreciate your videos..

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    I was about to skip this video, cause i am trying to keep my screen time down and didnt want to spend time on youtube. 😂🙈 Glad i clicked it, cause that is an amazing idea!! I will go ahead and track my time soon, maybe for a week

  • Reply Nour Belkhiria September 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    who thought of taylor swift when drew said death by a 1000 cuts ?

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    Wich watch Is It?

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    Hmm. While I think bringing some awareness to aspects of your life can indeed be helpful to make adjustments if needed, I also think it is good to follow the way of your natural energy. Otherwise you can go off the path of your soul pretty quickly. So it all needs to be in balance to be productive but still be able to play. Because work is not life.

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    The Irony is I need to complete my PowerPoint Presentation and I am watching this video and commenting! which I usually don't do on a lot of videos! F*ck !

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    You have a deer in a headlight eyes
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    I need this watch on your thumbnail

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    I like that pant cuff trick!

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    In which city do you live? Looks great?

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    Whats the watch you are wearing? I like it!

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    what software did you use to track your time?

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    I see taking care of plant never made the to do list….🤨

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    Great video

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    You are my new favorite YouTube personality, sir! 🙂 Thanks, and I love your videos!!

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    "Kind of like I enjoy the feeling of being busy more than I seem to enjoy getting things done"
    Attack me like that one more time I'm unsubscribing.

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    Is this another matt d avella wannabe

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    I like everything about your videoes the concept, theme, topics are great.

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    Just so you know, I plan on doing something just like yours but I'd like to partner with you… one day! Your contents are priceless. Enjoying every single seconds.

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    Is that my homeland?

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    This is one of the best informative videos I've seen in a long time

  • Reply Mohamed Rida October 25, 2019 at 11:47 am

    You did mesure Time spent in bathroom 😲
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  • Reply TheButcherSF October 25, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Great video. When I think your 32 years old I find I like your videos even more. Go to college be young before your old

  • Reply Francisco Severiche October 27, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    what is that app?

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