I’ve found that many times, my bosses don’t really have a real understanding of what I do all day. So it is my habit to keep a time log so that at any time, they can see what exactly it is that I do. I developed this system when I was working for a graphic design firm where I had to keep a time sheet to track billable hours for client billings. I found it so useful, though, that I continue to keep one where ever I work.
Here’s a link to a sample of my current time log. I’m working for a non-profit agency where I’m the only administrative support person, so I do work for all of our departments. The cost of my salary is distributed amid the various departments depending on how much time I spend working for them. I also have a column included to track the type of work I do since I wear many hats, and whether it’s a daily, weekly or monthly duty or a special project, just so the boss can see my time distribution. On one sheet is the basic data page, and on the other is a pivot table to help analyze the data for my boss.