Launch. Tap. Done. user guide
Because tracking time,
shouldn’t take time.
Create your clocks to track recurring events. When an event is about to begin, launch Time Journal, tap the desired clock, and close Time Journal. It’s that simple.
Feedback built in.
The deisgn of Time Journal maximizes feedback. You can quickly see which clock (or clocks) you have running, how many child clocks are running, and the clocks you use most.
Entries you care about,
Whether you forgot to start a clock or forgot to track an event, the entry button allows you to quickly add or edit entries and ensure the accuracy of your time journal.
Analysis and reports.
Time Journal offers in-app data visualizations to help analyze where your time is going and make informed decisions to improve your productivity. You can export to the Calendar app or in spreadsheet format.
Calendars tell you what you plan to do. Time Journal tells you what you’ve done. You decide what to track & when.
Why keep one?
At birth you are given an account in trust and the balance is the time you have to live your life. However, unlike most accounts, you can only withdraw.
Two hours spent on a movie is two hours you didn’t spend learning a new language, starting a business, or in the company of loved ones — and you can’t get it back. The one major thing you can affect regarding withdrawals is: the value to you (movie or one step closer to speaking Japanese?).
A time journal is a ledger detailing transactions you make out of your time account.
Analyzing your bank statement gives you an objective view into what you spend money on. This view can lead to epiphanies: “I had no idea I spent that much on snacks at work!” Those realizations can, in turn, lead to changes in behavior: “Time to start bringing my own snacks”.
The same is true when keeping track of time: “I had no idea I spend 5 hours a day watching television!” And, just as keeping the flow of money in your head is easily distorted and near impossible, so too with time.
That’s where Time Journal comes in.
What can/should I track?
The short answer is: anything and everything, respectively.
I know, probably not possible or desirable. Essentially, if you find yourself asking, “How long do I spend doing…?” it should probably be tracked — at least long enough to answer the question. Further, Time Journal is explicitly designed to make time tracking fast; so, you can get close to tracking everything. Here are some things long-time users track and the benfits experienced.
Affecting personal life:
The first thing I started tracking was my commute…and that simple act had some profound affects on my life. I’ve moved from one area of the city to another because of it (going from 3 hours to roughly 30 minutes one-way). I stopped taking public transportation for a time, because it took just as long by bike (increased how often I ran my Exercise clock). I’ve even adjusted my desired time to begin my commute by 30 minutes, because the bus is empty enough for me to use my laptop and get work done on the way to the office.
Affecting professional life:
I started tracking how long I spent in meetings after a colleague complained that we were “drowning in meetings”. So, I decided to collect some data — he was right. While it was not as drastic as his reaction to it, we were able to get things changed after bringing it to the attention of the project manager.
Helping another gain insight:
I tend to get eye-strain and migraines. So, I started tracking when the pain started and when it stopped (after a friend had gifted Time Journal to someone to track something similar). I also added notes to the entries if I tried to alleviate it by taking headache medicine, or applying compresses, etc. — I sometimes would even note what I was doing prior to the onset of symptoms. When I saw my optometrist, I told him about the issues. When he asked how often they happened, how long the symptoms lasted, and so on, I didn’t have to guess or try to recall. I launched Time Journal, navigated to the entries for the clock, and showed him.
Even if you only use Time Journal to get back on track (similar to the way many of us track finances), I hope you find the experience rewarding and highly recommend keeping track of your time any way you see fit; time truly is the only commodity that matters.
How do you use Time Journal? Drop a line, would love to hear your experience.