Should you Track your Time?

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The reason behind this post

I used Toggl which is an awesome app to start time tracking. There are also several other but this not a place to discuss which one to choose.

I tracked my time for around 6 months. Daily. It was the most consistent thing that I did. LOL

Benefits

For analogy you can consider it like a Soda Bottle, it has tremendous energy but once you shake and open it after a few seconds it becomes like normal water. This is the same thing that happens with humans.

When I started tracking the time I was excited and tried to track almost every single task. This was way too much as I am a Human, not a Robot 🤖 , and in the world where the average attention span is 15seconds, it is harder to focus on one thing.

To counter this problem I made a threshold. I started tracking all those tasks that took more than or equal to 30mins. This was helpful and due to this, I was also not in the hurry to make an entry in the app. That was too much.

So I continued this and after I week when I was gazing at my weekly summary I was able to see the tasks which I did the most or in other words where my time went. One more thing that was the time when there was a lockdown due to a pandemic and I had too much time, so it was kind of necessary to keep a track where I am spending my time.

This went well for 3 months, I was motivated to spend more time on a single task so that I can put it on the app and it was working. A kind of habit developed in me.

Problems you might face

If you are reading this then here I would like to tell you some problems that I faced.

When maintaining a time log becomes your habit and if somehow you are unable to get the hours that you spend the last day or week then there comes an element of frustration. It may sound a little silly but it will happen when you do this consistently for around 3 months. And if this frustration repeats then our mind comes up with the brilliant strategy of cheating. This happened to me, I increased 5–10mintues on tasks just to meet that goal. This can make you less predictive about how much time you need.

Another big disadvantage, what happened to me was that I was racing against the clock and not the work. If I had some side task which I wasn’t tracking but it was necessary then I was delaying it and I know it’s a little hard to explain but it was not doing too good for me.

So I decided to give it a break.

So What Happened after that?

TL;DR

Time tracking taught me to give time to a task and not to rush through many things at a time. This was going great but when I found I was cheating with myself I had to do some change. So I quit time tracking and it helped me. Probably after some time, I will start it again.

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