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I think that it's a good idea to experiment as you’re doing. You may have already noticed that the amount of time you’re spending working is a lot less than you thought. When you’re not tracking time for a client or employer, it may suffice to simply use a timer with a bell sound, and to maintain a consistent cycle of minutes working followed by minutes ...


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Syed Balkhi of the Young Entrepreneur Council wrote this article on the 6 Powerful Actions for Improving Your Productivity. I'll quote what he said on his 1st recommended action which is "Tracking." How much of your time is spent on emails or on the phone versus doing your most important work? If you don't have a clear picture of how your days are ...


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When you have no reason to, no purpose. Measuring anything is a waste of time if you have not determined beforehand why you want to measure what. Usually you determine the why first (why would you want to measure 'time', instead of 'time spent on X'), then you decide what is useful to measure, then you decide which tools you use (you don't use an ordinary ...


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Because being on time gives you power. It shows people that your word can be relied on; that if you say X, X will happen. Two things are involved: A) What comes out of your mouth and B) What you actually do. When these two correspond, people will perceive you as having integrity. This is no different then e.g with lying or cheating, where A and B will ...


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You should aim to be slightly early because it acts as a form of contingency. Years ago I would calculate the exact time I needed to leave the house, in order to pick my daughters up from school. Then I would adjust the alarm on my phone so it reminded me to leave the house just at the moment which would ensure I reached the school just in time, and did not ...


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I use TimeCamp , it's automatic time tracking software. It's cool because it works basing on keywords so it tracks time automatically and it also stops tracking when I leave my computer and starts when I go back to it.


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There are lots of good answers already. Let me add one more aspect. There is an asymmetry between being early and being late. If you are early, you know that you are early. You can plan accordingly. If you are 30 minutes early, you can bring a book. If you are 5 minutes early, you can do a quick phone call, read or write a few emails or messages. When you ...


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I used to have a problem with chronic lateness, and I whilst I was well aware of the problems that my lateness caused me, I often overlooked the impact of my lateness on others. This is partly because many of these problems were experienced by people before I even arrived, and when I did finally turn up, I was often in such a rush that I didn’t notice other ...


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Generally speaking, it's always bad to have your back up against the wall. Having a bit of money, time or energy more than seems necessary means your life will be more robust and the impact of unlikely and unforseen events will be lower. The total cost of always living on the edge of what's possible is higher than the cost of sub-optimizing a bit.


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I had similar requirements and did not find what I needed. (I tried to re-launch your question with this entry) The recommended tools KTimeTracker and Hamster also did not do what I was looking for so I launched a new project at GitHub: https://github.com/frans-fuerst/track Currently it only supports Linux but in case you're still in search of a solution ...


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You may lose 5-10 minutes of your life by being early. But by being late, you may lose 30 minutes (by missing the bus, doctor calling someone else, and so on). If someone is waiting for you, you'll lose a lot of respect which will take far more than 5-10 minutes of your life to earn back. My father would refuse to do business with people who show up to ...


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Probably the single best reason is so you are respectful. Being late for a meeting or an appointment is disrespectful to all others involved. While it is wrong for others to do it (Doctor appointments etc..) you don't want to stoop to their level. Always being respectful to others will only make you a better person and others will see it.


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After some more research I did not find what I am looking for. And as announced I started to develop a dedicated solution. In case there is some interest on this project I will consider merging it with one of the existing solutions (like hamster or ktimetracker). If you're interested in early development visit me at https://github.com/frans-fuerst/track ...



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