December 15, 2008

My adventures in keeping a computer time log

Yes, yes, I know I'm a time management coach but I'm not perfect.

Every so often, I have to review what I'm doing and make sure it's still working for me.

I've been feeling like I'm spending too much time on the computer but I didn't really have actual tangible evidence, so I decided to log my time.

Enter exhibit A.
I've only used it a week so far but this is what I learnt about my computer time management so far:

  1. I'm good at conquering my email and sticking to my social networking time on Facebook and Twitter.
  2. I have really great focus when I sandwich computer time between appointment times. For example, if I have two client appointments one hour apart, I work REALLY well in that hour.
  3. I flip between tasks a lot. Not majorly because I haven't broken my * two-minute rule for more than 4 minutes at a time :) So I've had some difficulty tracking time accurately because I'm actually blogging and then I remember I want to send a client a quick email so I open a message in outlook, send that and it's actually blogging time.
  4. There's a lot more going on than I allowed for on my form :)
  5. My computer time's really not that bad although I do go easier on myself the closer I get to the weekend!

Going forward
  • Change the form
  • Keep a list next to me and note down those two-minute tasks

* two-minute rule
If you can do the task in two minutes or less, just get the darn thing done instead of writing it down and having to find the time to do it.

Do you know how much time you spend on the computer daily? Do you need to keep a time log?

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Polly said...

I do all of my work on the computer. So, it's a matter of what I'm working on at the time, not how much time I work on it.

I try to take breaks from typing, so that's when I check e-mail, e-groups, etc. It helps with keeping my wrists in good shape.

The two-minute rule one is one I try to do, too. It's a very useful rule I've found in the past year.

Polly Scott

TSheets said...

Hi Marcia! This is a common problem we hear everyday. Have you ever tried tracking you time with an online timesheet? The benefits are numerous, but the ability to run reports at the end the week and really drill down into what you've spent your time working on, and where you can improve is really eye opening.

We offer a free single user account, come have a visit.