Tracking time — a new super power for us, the unprepared
Work is entering the home. Separation is vague. Everything is built for your attention not your balance. We are all unprepared.
We don’t have awareness of time (and everything is built to capture attention).
If someone asked you to do something, you would likely do it for them. Motivation isn’t even a thought.
But when you give yourself a task, it’s much harder.
There is likely less definition of the task and how to complete it, less accountability as you’re only cheating yourself and less urgency. This hits your life balance. Suddenly, your doing more work than anything else, you neglect the things that make you happy and you burn out.
I started tracking my hours — every hour of the day. “What was the main thing I did in that hour?”
Suddenly, tracking my time made me accountable to myself. I would say to myself
Come on don't waste another hour whereas before I wouldn’t have noticed an hour had gone.
I also had a way to see where I wasn’t spending time — no time went in the friends pot for a while and I knew it.
What to track?
The main activities is where I started: Sleeping, Working, Family, Friends, Hobbies, Leisure, Admin.
Later I got more specific: Work I hate, work I love; Specific projects and hobbies.
Then I made targets — at least 20 hours with friends each month. At least 3 hours of exercise a week. At most, an hour of youtube a day.
How to track?
There are a host of apps but make sure you record regularly. It doesn’t need to take more than 2 minutes a day.
I am building everyhour specifically to help this:
everyhour - the honest way to track your time and progress
Struggling with time? everyhour helps you easily record what you do - motivating you to not waste time, prioritise what…
Look out for…
- Becoming more aware of spending time,
- wanting to make better use of your time knowing that you will be recording it,
- making your identity fit your goals (from Atomic habits).