This is the second installment of my posts devoted to experience with toggle time-tracking. See http://tomek.kaczanowscy.pl/2020/02/time-tracking-with-toggl/ for the 1st entry.
A few more days passed and I’m still using Toggl. And I like what it does to me, so I plan to continue.
First, I got used to switching Toggl on/off every time I start/finish some tasks, so it is not a nuisance anymore.
The real change happened when I started tracking tasks like “checking email” or “checking social networks”. Ah… no more of “I’ll just have a look at twitter” thing. Or “I don’t know what to do so I spend some time on LinkedIn”. Nope. Now I can tell you exactly how much time I spent doing nothing, and the mere fact that I started tracking it definitely limited the number of times I left my tasks in favor of email/social media. It is kind of a “what you measure is what you get” situation, but this time working to my advantage.
What also happened is that totally stopped checking emails and twitter on my phone. Reason? I’m too lazy to start/stop toggl every time I do it! 🙂
The awareness of a ticking clock makes me often think about how I spend my time. I often ask myself questions like: “OK, so I spend 7 minutes doing X. Is X worth devoting more time to it?”. And often the answer is “no”.
So, toggl still works for me. Good!