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Now that you’ve finished listing your activities, you will record how long you spent on each one.

In this video, you will think about how long you spent on each of the activities you listed and enter how many hours and minutes you spent into your spreadsheet.

Writing down exactly how long your activities take will help you find spare time and use all your time in the best way you can.

To start, label your columns “Hours” and “Minutes.”

These headings will help you calculate how long your activities took, even if they only took part of an hour.

If you don’t remember how long you spent on an activity, make an educated guess.

Some of your activities may overlap...

You may have watched TV while using social media or cleaned your room while listening to music.

That’s okay.

Record the time you spent on the activity that required more of your attention during that time period.

Or split the time in half.

For example, if you watched TV and texted at the same time for an hour, you could say you spent 30 minutes on each.

It’s okay if you don’t remember exactly.

You can estimate based on how much time you usually spend doing something.

You might already have other ways of tracking time, like a workplace timesheet, a scheduled meeting, or a class planner.

You may even have an app on your phone that tracks screen time.

Use these resources to help you estimate the time you spend on different activities.

Now, it’s your turn: Create column headings for “Hours” and “Minutes,” and record how long each activity took.


  1. Create column headings for “Hours” and “Minutes.”
  2. Record how long each activity took.