Time Tracking

Because of a whole bunch of things I’m giving a shot to better time tracking for a little while. Not sure I’ll do it forever, but I’m going to aim for through March. Though March might be a bad month, is there a good month?

Why?

I want to better understand where my time is going. What am I spending time on that I don’t want to. Am I doing the things with my life I want to? Am I putting my energy toward the things that are my priorities?

I also want to try to reclaim some of the writing time and I need to know where that is leeching out, and what I need to cut to get that back.

There is also something to tracking time keeping me more …focused. Like less distracted by random stuff because the clock is ticking.

Tools

I’m using Toggl which is really easy to start using. (It was discussed on several Cortex episodes.) I think a lot of it will be thinking about the structure of what counts for what?

When I’m sending a long email/fb message/twitter dm that is really thoughtful conversation or future project planning or helping someone with something, is that social media? I’m leaning toward no? But I’m not sure.

When I’m writing a blog post (like this one) is that social media? Is it writing? Is it 600 Second Saga? Not sure. (Thank you to Elizabeth for reasons to say goodbye to social media.)

The time I find myself spending fighting with security is that…podcast? Blog? Social media? I don’t know.

They all tie together so it’s kind of hard to draw the lines, but I think that what it is important to group things by is how I feel about them? Maybe?

Do you track your time? How? Why? How do you group things?