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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. You’re welcome! 🙂 Glad I could help!

  5. 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…

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

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