I am constantly joggling a million projects at the same time and I can find it really difficult at times to focus on doing a single task at a time without being distracted by something else. So I decided to go back to use some of the techniques I used to rely on in the past to get things done that involve time tracking. I used to use Klok in the past, but the free version of it is no longer offered or updated and I don’t really like it anymore.
So I am currently using two apps at the same time instead of Klok, the first is RescueTime which automatically tracks how much time I spend on my computer and tells me exactly what my time was spent on. This helps give me perspective on how my time is being wasted and helps me think of new ways for becoming more efficient.
The other program I use is Toggl, which is basically a timer application that I manually start and stop. This helps me record how much time I spend doing any specific task regardless of what application I use. I like Toggle become it forces me to focus on one specific task because when I see the timer running I know that I am meant to do that one thing only at this time, it also pushes me to continue working on the thing I am focusing on to reach a good round number of minutes, like 30 minutes or 1 hour. It is also quite gratifying when I can look at the end of the day at my time reports and see that I actually spent 3 hours today working on a specific project!
I’m really enjoying these two apps and I hope I continue using them to properly focus on my targets! Check them out if you are interested in time tracking applications.