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Try to look at existing time management systems rather than starting from scratch and trying to reinvent the wheel. There isn't a number one tip for learning about your time management system to improve it, as it simply comes down to an effective study of how an improvement or a difference in your time system would improve how the time management system ...
I use RescueTime, it's great! It has superb reporting, you can see your activity per day, week, month, etc. Another awesome feature is that it can distinguish between productive activity and non-productive activity, you can view per category / application how much time you have spent on it. You can checkout Scott Hanselman's review for further details:
I don't think keystrokes are a good metric. You can sit and type and backspace all day long to get a high keystroke count, and not have any productivity. Or play typing speed games. You don't want to measure activity, you want to measure results. I suggest a better proxy is "pages produced", using some standard definition of a page. For example, page ...
You could try Workrave. It's a tool to help prevent RSI rather than a time management tool, but it keeps track of mouse movement and number of keystrokes.
Augustine's Laws had a good table radical variations across professions. For example number of arrests by police officers. Some were knowledge workers, some weren't.
To me, the effectiveness of my system relates to my long, mid-range, and short term goals. Effective is very different from efficient: Effective is “producing the intended or expected result”. I try to set goals at least a year out and chunked into quarterly goals. If I meet my goals, I've been effective and if I don't, I haven't been. If I do not meet my ...
From your question it sounds to me like you want to measure your productivity but are you sure that's what you really care about? Wouldn't you prefer to measure the value you are producing? Choosing the right metric is critical to achieving your goals. Choose the wrong one and you may never reach your goals no matter how high your metric gets. I don't think ...
I was coming here to firstly suggest manictime, as I used to use this and it is a good all around tracking program. However, this was overkill and I too only wanted to know my active hours, so ditched it for KeyStrokes. This is a lightweight option which tracks keyboard usage over the day: Keystrokes Homepage. The only downside is that it does not track ...
I don't think keystrokes are a good metric for productivity unless you are a typist. Having read through this, I don't think you even know how to define productive activities and unproductive activities. How productive you are is a balance between what you have to achieve and the time you are taking to achieve it.
There are times for stemming off interruptions, and times for welcoming them. Investing in relationships helps you to become more likable, which is probably the most important factor in getting a job (ref. within Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds). One might think that you could get things done a lot more efficiently by knowing the right people, and by ensuring ...
To gauge effectiveness, you would have to define what it will be effective at. In other words, the goals of your time management system. This could range from short term daily goals to long term whole life purpose. For example, if the goal is short-term "finish my allocated tasks for the day", effectiveness could be measured by how many tasks were left ...
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