7 responses to “A Swatter for Time Flies

  1. Question with the time logger app – I forget to set it when I begin an activity because most activities that suck up my time are done in autopilot. How do you trigger yourself to start and stop the counter when you start / stop an activity?

    • I have a laptop with a separate keyboard; I set my cell phone (with the apps) onto the wrist rest of the laptop – it’s right in front of me, and reminds me to start it up when I sit down to work.
      If that doesn’t work for you, I’d suggest putting a post-it where you can’t miss seeing it, with something like “LOG IN!” written on it. After a while, it will become a habit.
      As far as stopping the counter, because I use it in conjunction with the Clear Focus app, which sounds at the end of a session, I automatically switch both off/on together.
      I hope that helps!

      • That helps quite a bit and not just with how to more accurately log my time. I was using the Pomodoro app for a minute or two and find I’d straight up ignore it if I was numbed out on the web so to have the post-its stuck where I’m sure to see them, coupled with the alarms I should do a much better job at my actual tracking which means I’ll finally have a more accurate view of just how much time I’m wasting scrolling through my various feeds :-). Thanks. 🙂

      • You’re welcome! 🙂 Glad I could help!

      • I had another thought that might help: I’ve started keeping track of time sessions in a log book – just a loose-leaf notebook; right now I’m editing, so I put a mark for each 30-min. session, and what it was for (research, editing, which manuscript – as I’m working on several at a time – etc.).
        It might help for you to list out your feeds in this way, to give you an even more accurate picture of where your time is spent…

      • Ohhhh, thats good too and I have a bunch of those mini notebooks just lying around. Thanks!

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