I’m issuing a CHALLENGE.
This month we’re working on tracking TIME!
“March of Time” (MOT) will run from March 1 to March 30.
Time is money! But many of us know exactly where our money goes, but have no idea where our time goes. Once you know where the time goes, you can make changes that will help you spend more time on the things you value and less where you don’t (just like budgeting).
For example, do you know how much time in a week you spend:
- in meetings that don’t accomplish anything
- doing dishes
- chatting with coworkers about this weekend’s soccer game
- reading to your kids
- connecting with friends
- online shopping/scrolling
- watching youtube videos about people who escaped polygamist cults
- on this forum (oops please don’t abandon us)
Tracking your time has a ton of benefits:
- Learning how you can change your time to fit your values
- figuring out if you’re actually saving money paying for the unlimited gym membership rather than by class
- understanding just how much time you do spend on things that you value (family, hobbies)
- allowing you to come up with compelling data-based case for outsourcing, splitting household chores differently, or hiring help at work
- finding “wasted” time that could be used for fun pursuits or batch chores (listening to a language learning podcast on your commute? folding laundry or stretching while watching TV, etc)
- understanding the times of day you’re actually productive vs spinning your wheels
- finding the time each week that you can easily add something you value (always sit on your butt on friday night and eat nachos but want to hang out with your friend more? Maybe invite them over to sit on their butt with nachos with you.)
- get pretty charts
Please read this Time Tracking 101 from Laura Vanderkam, who has done the most extensive work on time tracking, including getting time logs from hundreds of people, and has published several books on the topic.
Apps for tracking your time:
- a good old spreadsheet, which you can print out if you want. Here are several templates from Laura Vanderkam, queen of time tracking
- Rescuetime - AUTOMATIC time tracking (I use this) for your computer that looks at different applications and websites
- Toggl - the one I use, has an easy google chrome extension that lets you start timers from todoist, google cal, gmail and more
- there are more if those don’t work for you, just google
- Moment - Screen time app for iOS and android
- aTimeLogger - for mobile + apple watch
Your MOT goal could be as extreme as tracking all your time in 15 minute increments on a spreadsheet, or as simple as only tracking the amount of time you spend watching TV or cooking for the week.
Whatever it is, make sure the goal involves tracking your time in some way for at least one week (any 7 day period) during March 2020.
March of Time will have a special forum badge and even a STICKER for people that complete the challenge, that will (probably) be cat themed.
- You must establish your own rules about what and how you are going to track. State them in this thread in the first few days of the month to get us kicked off in the right direction.
- PREDICT in numbers, how much time you think you spend doing XYZ tasks. This is the FUNNEST part.
- During the week you track, report on how you did in this thread . You can report on where you’re at, ask for help with tracking time, and what your biggest takeaways were.
Who This Challenge is For
Anyone who wants a little public accountability to track time. If you liked any of our previous challenges and want to keep it going, here we are!
What do you get out of participating?
- Knowledge of how you spend your time
- A community to support you as you do something a little weird
- A CUTE forum badge for participating
- And if you do the challenge, you get a STICKER mailed to you.
- Extreme version: anyone who tracks their time all month gets TWO stickers, and TWO badges.