Tracking the “Time” of Your Life


Keeping track of time! Marking your days. Marking your weeks and months. Keeping a daily or monthly calendar. Keeping a diary. There are many ways we can keep track of our time. Some think it is a key to managing a successful life. Time flies when you are having too much fun but tracking time helps insure that we use our time wisely or does it? There are few things that are unambiguously good. Most of what we do has pros and cons or unintended consequences.  Is this true with tracking our time?

412BOkJrofL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_The concept of tracking time brings forth images of tracking some wild beast in the woods. Deer, moose, bear, cougars, tigers all leave very distinctive tracks. Time also leaves distinctive tracts. Time leaves physical as well as emotional tracks on all of us. Not to mention the tracks that time leaves on the environment. Emotional tracks are evident in the greater cautiousness and fears that we have as we age. From experience, once burned, we no longer want to get so close to the flame. Indeed, many of us will not even go near the fire again. Divorce, rejection, death, pain all leave emotional scars. For some of us they may never quite heal. Physical tracks show up as lines, creases, joint aches, hair thinning, broken bones and disease. I often joke that physically I am aging more like cheese then a fine wine. I am getting squishier and somewhat moldy around the edges.

downloadPerhaps you see the idea of “tracking time” through a different lens. Maybe you have a need to track your minutes and seconds each day, a twist on tracking your dollars and cents. Perhaps, if you watch your time carefully, you may have more of it. Mark down your time spent each day in an Excel spreadsheet and carefully log your corresponding activities. This last task seems somewhat obsessive to me even though I am often accused of being a Type A personality. I once worked at a job where I was required to check my work in fifteen minute intervals each day and log what I was doing during each interval. After I left this company, I decided I would never again work for anyone where I had to justify myself at this level of detail. It was simply an exercise in obsessive control and domination.


Type A personalities are supposed to be more compulsive and more aggressive than Type B personalities. Are type A personalities more prone to track their time? Are Type B personalities more prone to go with the flow? Do Type B people live more moment to moment? Are you a Type A or Type B personality? Do you go with the flow or do you track your time? Regarding the physical and emotional tracks that time leaves, how have you fared? What emotional tracks has time left in your life? What physical tracks do you see time making for you? Where are you headed now?

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanine
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 19:57:37

    I know I am responding to a rather old blog, but I am going back to catch up on the blogs I missed. So I started with Oct.2009. Interesting that I should pick this one, because just yesterday my husband and I were discussing one of my New Year’s Resolution and the subject of keeping a daily schedule came into play. Surely I could use a little more structure and accountability as to how I am spending my time. The older I get the more precious is time. So I am embarking on ways to achieve more time and waste less. 🙂



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  3. Mark Edward Jabbour
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 12:24:40

    “Do you go with the flow or do you track your time? ” Both. I keep a ‘Day Runner’-like journal, recording most everything; but I schedule timely escapes/vacations. And always try and be flexible regarding ‘things’ I can control.



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 13:25:45

      A little like the Serenity Prayer or as the country singer said “knowing when to hold em and knowing when to fold em.” The secret seems to be balance. Thanks for the comment Mark. John



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