Time – like elusive left socks and car keys – is difficult to keep track of.
We try to save time, make time, manage time and make up for lost time. At work (especially in a fast-growing startup) there’s a lot of pressure to get a superhuman amount of work done in a very human amount of time.
So in an effort to understand where all my time goes, I decided to keep track of everything I did at work for a day. Every time I switched programs, every hilarious Slack gif that crossed my screen, each conversation and all my coffee breaks were carefully tracked in my messy notebook.
Beyond the ubiquitous #SorryNotSorry (now available as footwear) the apology has recently gained attention following this semi-controversial Pantene ad. The ad challenges women to not over apologize (especially at work) and inspired a flurry of like-minded articles.
The sorry — which Jessica Bennett brilliantly referred to as a “a tyrannical lady-crutch” — is a way to casually diffuse a situation, cover your politeness bases, and generally look like the nice girl. As a woman just entering the workforce in a post-Lean In* world, it’s hard not to wonder if my apologizing could be hurting me professionally or at the very least undermining the sincerity of my real apologies.
For this first little data experiment I’m tackling my casual Facebook addiction. I say casual because I wouldn’t call myself a very active Facebook user, but I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time there. To find out what I’d actually miss, I decided to deactivate my account and track every time I needed it, missed out on something or absentmindedly visited it.
Deactivating my account turned out to be a bit of a hassle. Facebook does everything it can to convince you not to deactivate, including using pictures of your friends to beg you to stay. Once I made it past the smiling faces of my friends and family, I was Facebook free!