As a former student athlete I often heard the phrase, ‘Performance measured is performance improved.’ The idea seems to be that if you know how you’re doing, and it’s measurable, you can work toward improving whatever it is you’re doing.
It works in sports. Does it work in day-to-day life? I decided to find out because my days seem to be cluttered with plenty of activity but not necessarily any accomplish.
I shopped around for a time tracking app and came upon Chronos, which can track multiple timings (or tasks, or projects, or whatever), is simple to setup and use, and didn’t cost much.
What I want is something to track my time on tasks and projects so I get a better handle on where all my time goes, and why there seem to be more activities than accomplishments.
Chronos tracks time by projects and tasks (think of a project as two or more tasks) by clicking on the Menubar icon to setup a task in the pop up window.
Create a project, enter a task, or assign a new task to a project, click to begin recording the time. That’s about it. Chronos tracks the time until you click to stop it, or become inactive for a set time.
Data appears to be easy to retrieve with the built-in report function. That’s about it. Chronos makes it easy to track actual working time, and that kind of focus begins to increase accomplishment vs. the ever cluttering activities of lesser consequence. I’d think that a time tracking app would be essential to anyone who uses a Mac to make money on projects, but it’s useful to the rest of us as it helps to improve productivity by tracking what we do.