A few months ago, I started monitoring how I spent time on my computer to procrastinate less. One month later, I found that the way I kept track of what I was doing wasn’t detailed enough to be useful. I knew that I was spending a lot of time online, but I had no idea what I was doing that time. Was I working and researching or was I wasting a lot of time on YouTube and Facebook? So I switched to RescueTime to get the breakdown and my goal to stop procrastinating started over.
It’s been two months now, and here are the results.
May Was a Time Waster
RescueTime logs your computer activities and lets you tag them. I tagged activities like programming as work, Google Reader as reading, and FlowingData as blogging. RescueTime graphs your time spent split by your tags. Here’s the graph for May.
May was a slow month. There was a lot of blogging, reading (other news and blogs), and networking (email). While I wouldn’t count these as a waste of time, they don’t exactly count as work either.
June Has Been More Productive
There was been a larger percentage of work this month. I think it’s largely in part to a deadline. If I didn’t work, I’d be screwed.
Working Towards More Production
There’s still a lot of improvement to be had. I haven’t really been consciously trying to be productive so these are data to compare against more than anything else. In the coming months I’m going to try to get that work category up and the rest of the categories down. Will this insight motivate to waste less time? I guess time will tell.
How do you spend your time?
(This would be a great source of data for your FlowingData summer project.)
What a great time-management tool! The break-down categories look like it would be easy to re-budget your time for the future.
Great job on your progress! I will link this article on my page. Keep up the good work.
Shouldn’t blogging be considered a time waster causing this individuals time to be more wasted than worked? Just like the 10 seconds I took to write this.
blogging a waste of time? never.