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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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Here are applications that I recommend: OmniFocus Things 30/30 do.com And.Do and Cal (Made by same company Clear Timeful Countdown+ Sunrise


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I use Hamster. It meets all your requirements. I have mine set to track to the nearest 1/10 of an hour (6 minutes). If there is inactivity for that period, it stops tracking but also every 6 minutes a 5-second tiny window pops up in the corner to remind you as to which project you're currently tracking against...to included you're currently not tracking ...


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Ktimetracker Although I have no experience with this particular software, it might suit your needs. It's from KDE, so if you are using other Desktop Environment it might install a lot of dependencies. https://www.kde.org/applications/utilities/ktimetracker/


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I have been through Evernote, Stickers, Remember the Milk and I didn't like any of them. I use my computer AND my phone to organise my things. Evernote cannot store as many notes as you might think. At some point it pops up and requests money. I cannot connect Stickers to my phone. Remember the Milk can only synchronise once every 12 hours or so. I use ...


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I've personally used Stickies for years and I think that, for a "Post-It" like application for Windows with the ability to set reminders, you'll be hard pressed to find better. Doesn't synchronize with any online service, though.


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You can also use the Sunrise app. It syncs all of your Google Calendars + reminders + Evernote and a lot more. You can set reminders before the events happen as well.


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Microsoft Band seems to be a good option. It's hard to get hold of for purchase at the moment, but Microsoft will be stocking Best Buy stores this month. http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-us


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Two thoughts: 1. Your data reflects what I experienced over 20 years in software industry. The most one could expect was 60-70% but 40-50% was fairly typical. 2. Watts Humphrey and the Software Engineering Institute have a program called the Personal Software Process (PSP). One of the features of this is that you track (to the nearest minute) everything ...


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My understanding is that knowledge work (much of what you do) is productive only when "flow" is achieved ... which means that you are completely absorbed and your brain is fully downloaded with everything you need to do that job. This can take a half hour with a task like programming, so losing flow is extremely costly. I really like the research that Tom ...



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