Track Your Life
One thing I have been obsessed with for quite some time now is to track my activities. I love the insights it provides me in my productivity and how to optimize my quality of life. By frequently going through the data I have had gathered, I can spot trends. It allows me to see whether I am feeling better or improvements are required. It also gives me information on the projects I am spending most of my time on. By seeing how much time I spend on certain projects and activities, I will be able to see whether this is indeed worth my precious time and energy. Today I will share with you my favorite tracking tools and the information it helps me gather.
My Fitbit, the Charge 2, allows me to track my steps and heartrate. As a result, it is able to gather data on my activeness and sleep. By tracking my exercise, I am much more motivated to literally walk that extra block. Hitting my personal daily and weekly goals now that the data is stored feels a lot more important. There is no way that I want to lose to myself basically. The sleep analyses also improved my alertness on getting in my time in bed and my sleep quality. Just lying in bed, itself does not mean that you will be well rested. During the night, we are awake much more often than we can remember. By analyzing my results, I have been able to find out the hours I need to feel and perform at my best.
Another app on my phone that is tracking my every move. It takes some time to identify and continuously update all of your locations, but it is worth it. Life Cycle provides with accurate data on for instance my commuting time, hours made at the office, time spend at the gym, and time spent on grocery shopping. In order to find the schedule that suits my life best, this data is crucial. For instance, in the past it was a massive wakeup call when realized that I was consistently putting in too many hours at the office. By trying different working hours and comparing my commuting time, I was able to find my preferred time to leave home in the morning.
Toggl is a new tool I have started to use. Where the past year I was mainly working on one topic, I have recently started slowly on an additional project. In an effort to ensure that I put in the right amount of time in both project and sub-projects, I have started to track my time. It is also an effort to see how much time I spend on meetings and email. To see where I can save more time. An additional pro I have experienced, is that the timer makes me more conscious of the topic I am working on and determined to avoid distractions. The tool is conveniently available on both your computer and phone as well as in a browser. There is no excuse for you to “forget” tracking your activity. Toggl provides a nice dashboard where you can analyze your time consumption on a personal and even team level.
Do you track your activities? Any tips and tricks for me? Planning to start using any of these suggestions? Share it with us below, I am very curious what your thoughts are.