Working from home comes with its rewards and challenges. There’s more scope… for slacking off! So these two time tracking productivity apps and one way to build a writing habit might be just the ticket to be more productive, including getting more writing done.
Clockify Time Tracker
If you need to track time so that you can bill your service or assess your project rewards, then free time tracker Clockify is just great. I paid for Harvest tracker & invoicing for six years, but once implementing Quickbooks I needed a solution that did not also charge. I’ve been tracking time spent on projects (billable or fixed/non-billable) successfully this year, with zero outlay.
If you want Premium (paid), besides branded timesheets, there is a feature called ‘Focus Time’, where you can click it to just focus on one project. No more slyly going to FB, email, etc.
Sum up: It’s simple and quick to use, although mostly relies on your internet connectivity. Clockify works across desktop, mobile and web app.
Track Your Admin & Social Media Time
RescueTime is perfect if you want a snapshot of your whole on-screen day, week, month or year! This long-term view is particularly important for assessing if your time spent on non-core business activity is really worthwhile. As we all know, time on social media is easily withered away…
Track your banking time, Officeworks buying, Facebook group time, social media marketing and competitor research. It’s all able to be categorised as Productive, Neutral or Unproductive.
Install the Chrome extension so you can click the little red cross style logo anytime. It also sends a weekly report to your email.
Sum up: It will give you insight into all online activities–for some, this is a wake-up call. Aim for 80% productivity in your on-screen day.
How Do I Make Writing Each Weekday a Habit?
Does a certain amount of time go past before some tasks become an entrenched habit?
According to two experts at MetaFact (fact checked answers), it is unlikely, and certainly not the mythical 21 days. Wendy Wood of University of Sthn California says, “Until you have laid down a habit in neural networks and memory systems, you must wilfully decide to repeat a new action again and again, even when it’s a struggle.”
There is hope for those who want to write more often habitually though. Wendy states, “Adopt a new behavior, do it repeatedly for two months and a week, and you’ve significantly increased that automated feeling.” (Full answer).
For myself, writing each weekday is pretty difficult, with lots of editing work to do. But it’s easier to MOTIVATE myself to write one post a week by planning out the specific topic and brainstorming article headings. Just doing this gets me excited to move to the next stage, of writing the piece. I can do it long-hand if feeling totally sick of the computer or by typing it straight into the draft post space… and save some time. (I will have planned the piece though).
For my writing coaching clients, I try to help them form a new habit of writing by getting them to say when they will write. I find it is usually better to write a book in two-hour blocks, as you will not spend the first half of the session just getting acquainted again with where you’re at. Unless of course you are writing each and every day.
Time Tracking and Writing Habits: Summary
Hopefully, you picked up a good idea or two from this article and will be able to track screen time and be more productive from now on!