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The thing that really irks me about work time tracking is that it grows more untenable the more work I actually get done.

When I'm in the flow, I'm juggling tasks and do bits here while I'm waiting for something else to complete, and then talk to someone to move away a block on yet another job, and so on and so on.

In the evening I have no idea how much time I spent on one single thing on my list.

It's super easy when there's not so much to do and I can just wait things out sequentially.

@galaxis If somebody wants to count how much time a person spends on each activity, they should do it without the subject's awareness, or the results will be drastically different.
Counting one's own time like that has two effects:

on the one hand, it makes you more focused on the activities deemed important, and less distracted by activities deemed unimportant
on the other hand, it plain kills the efficiency boost you could have, due to the accounting being performed: it's a huge distraction on it's own

I consider the accounting to be an emergency mode: when everything is obviously bad, and there is no room for exploration anyway, just do what needs to be done as quickly as possibly.
In normal times, the accounting is just harmful.

@galaxis ...fwiw, if you spend most of your day on a computer, there are applications that will help you track this without intervention.

an apple OS example:
timingapp (dot) com

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