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For years Gordon used a browser tool to track time. This was not only inconvenient but also a lot of effort. The Timeular Tracker now is easier to use and “way cooler”. He also uses the device as a nice conversation starter from time to time.
Tracking different “types” of tasks
Gordon starts his day with two 2-hour quiet-time blocks with a half-hour break between them. These are his high-grade production hours for the day. Afterwards he spends his afternoon crushing small tasks, responding to emails and organizing ducks.
All these tasks he has brought together in the 8 sides he tracks: Administrative, Business Development / Learning, Personal, Press Managed, Pro Bono / Trade, Production, Sales / Networking, Support.
“They are the different ‘types’ of time I spend each day.” Reviewing past data allows Gordon to see what proportion of his time is spent on production vs. support, administrative vs. Business Development, etc.
107% happier and highest billable hours
Time tracking doesn’t have to be a burden. Indeed, it can be a pleasure: Flipping the Tracker makes Gordon “107% happier” – well, if that’s not a nice outcome. The physical reminder to track his time makes it easier for him to not forget about it. Additionally, he likes looking at his past data to identify which tasks need more attention and which he should delegate.
“I find it encourages me to do more billable hours because I keep trying to “run up my stats”. Last week I had the second-highest billable hours I’ve ever recorded (since January 2012).”
Gordon’s tip: how to know which side is “up”
Here’s a challenge I had: It’s easy to confuse which way is “up”. I put my 4 most common tasks above the seam. Then I outlined each of those 4 sides with a marker. This lets me quickly know which side is UP, making it much easier to find the side I’m looking for.