RAC

About this resource:

RAC is an easy method to help you record how you spend your time and identify where you can improve (change habits).  RAC stands for Record, Analyse and Change.  We can only change how we use time, if we understand how we use it at present.

How to use:

  • Print out several copies of your RAC sheet
  • It is recommended that you do this exercise for five consecutive working days.
  • On the first day, when you start your very first task, write the exact time in the first row. Now jot down the type of task you are starting.  Now start your task.
  • The moment you stop that task to do something else, write the exact time in the next row and add your new task.
  • Do this every time you switch tasks and remember to write the exact time.
  • For example: At 08:04 I start checking and processing e-mails.  Then, at 08:33 I stop working on e-mails to answer a phone call.  The phone call lasts until 08:46, when I start checking social media.  And so on.
  • At the end of five days, you have completed the “recording” aspect.
  • To analyse your time use, calculate the total minutes used on each type of task. This might have a surprising result!
  • Now use the prompts at the bottom of the page to help you evaluate and analyse in depth.
  • Decide on one thing / area where you can improve and action that over the coming weeks.
  • Repeat the full exercise every 6-8 weeks to make steady progress with your time management skills.