Time-Management: The Self-Monitoring Stopwatch

Time-Management Tory Woollcott

Self Monitoring is how well someone can gauge their own performance. Do you not notice when you walk away before you finish something? Do you feel like you done everything expected of you only to find out later that you missed something important? Do you think you’ve finished a list of things but then realize you didn’t? Then you, like me, are crappy at Self Monitoring!

One way I work around this is with a stopwatch, the one on my phone mostly.

I start the stopwatch when I start writing, emailing, drawing or whatever really. This way I’ll know how long it actually takes me to finish something, and  how long I can do something before my mind started to wonder. Two super important things to know about yourself. 

If I start walking away from something I look at the timer. How long was I working? can I keep going? if I start something else, or even get up, I stop the timer and write down how long I lasted.

I find I get competitive with myself, wanting to beat my best time, or at least not go down!