I recently went into a partership small business operation (www.RETPercussion.us - if you're into drumming) and I'm now responsible for how and when I spend my 40+ work hours a week. I can create my own schedule and work around my personal events at whim. I have found that structuring some routine time for processing, email and phone calls is beneficial to make sure I get to those things each day.
What am wondering about is the other 4-6 hours in the day that are unstructured. I am flying through next actions and (lots of) errands right now as we get things rolling, but I'm not blocking out time - I'm just doing the action. I want to track how much time I am pouring into the business and which time is actually 'on the clock' vs. 'while I was out' time. I also want to track how much time is spent working on sales and marketing vs office management and the initial setup of the business vs meetings with my business partner and staff. So far I am good about separating work from personal and keeping nice boundaries to them, but when I look back at my day I think 'what did I DO all day' because the calendar is empty. I may have crossed of 30+ actions and added 30+ more that I collected but I don't "see" the results on my mostly empty schedule. I am tempted to track my day in say 15 minute increments and log what I have accomplished - just for records. I do need to track when I talked to various vendors and such so it has merit outside of my own psychological need to have a calendar packed with stuff Does anyone do this or am I just wasting my time trying to keep track of the details?