I’ve been teaching time management since the 1980s. And one of the important things that I’ve taught the people I’ve worked with is measure it.

The assignment I give them is get a paper calendar and write down how you spend your time throughout the week. And you’ll find, very often that you’re surprised at how you fritter your time away on insignificant, silly things that seem (in the moment) very important.

Successful people aren’t successful because they’ve got some special skill that you don’t have. It’s just that they apply themselves in the time that they have, that same 168 hours a week.

If you want that same success, you can do that too.