Tracking my time today

To see if my “ideal schedule” was really so ideal, I made use of the Emergent Task Timer and tracked my time with fun fill-in bubbles today. Here’s how my day broke down in bulleted list format:

  • 5:30 (snoozed) – 10 — Morning stuff. Blogged a little bit longer than planned. Whoops.
  • 10-12 — Worked on PixelMill-related project, with only one brief distraction.
  • 12-12:15 — Quick lunch and checked blog stats.
  • 12:15-1:30 — Same project, two blog-reading distractions with minimal impact.
  • 1:30-3:45 — Worked on different PixelMill project, taking out half an hour or so for customer support.
  • 3:45-4:30 — Worked on client project. Briefly interrupted when Steve came home and needed to use the computer.
  • 4:30-4:45 — Steve still using computer, good time for a break!
  • 4:45-5:00 — Finished client project.
  • 5:00-present — Caught up reading blogs, blogging about this, and made phone call.

Total worked hours: 6:45 (15 min less than ideal day)

My current plan for the rest of the evening:

  • 5:30-6:30 — Practice harp like a madwoman. Lesson tomorrow — eek!
  • 6:30-7:00 — Dinner (leftovers).
  • 7:00-10:30 — Drive down to Bay Area and back. Late night, ugh.

My work-day started a bit late because I spent a lot more time blogging than I had intended to (plus this extra blog now…). Apparently I need to work on being disciplined with the blog — if I’m not done, I just have to wait until later!

Harp and dinner will still fit into my evening, however, because I have leftovers and don’t have to cook.

But the rest of my evening is totally out of the norm; instead of hanging out with Steve, I’ll be driving down to the Bay Area and back. At least I’ll miss traffic.

After one mostly typical day, my “ideal schedule” looks like a good one to shoot for. Tomorrow will be completely atypical because of harp lessons so I won’t even bother keeping track, but Wednesday will be a good day to track my time again and continue to test this hypothesis!


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