Time Tracking and How I Use My ECLP

Since I haven’t been working, I noticed something strange: I couldn’t figure out what the heck I was spending my time on! I had a sneaking suspicion that I was playing more video games that I would admit to myself. So, for the month of July, I decided to use the awesome app/website Hours to track what I was doing. Honestly I didn’t really expect myself to stay with it all month, but I surprised myself. And you know what? I kind of love it.

Since I’m a pretty boring person, my main activities can be broken down into three categories: Gaming, Knitting and Reading. Note that the Gaming categoriesScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 3.36.57 PM only including PC/Handheld games, not mobile games (boy would I be in trouble if it did). The Hours website and app are so awesome. You can have multiple “tasks” in categories, so I can see how long it took me to read Stephen King’s It, for intance. Or, on a less productive day, how many hours I wasted playing Civ V.

Every week in my planner I keep track of what I’m reading, listening to, knitting and watching. I used my ECLP month view to write down my totals for each hobby/category at the end of every day. Then at the end of the month I can see how much time I wasted spent on every activity. It’s really not a perfect system, since I sometimes forget to start/stop categories. And one problem I have with the Hours system is that they don’t allow two timers to be run simultaneously. I solved this problem by only tracking the main activity I was doing at the time. So if I was knitting while waiting on my friends to take their turns in Civ V, I only tracked Civ V. I think this really skewed my knitting time, since I finished an entire freaking cowl in the time I was waiting for them, but it works.

Does anyone have some planner decorating tips they can share?