How to Keep Track of What You're Actually Doing on the Web

Every time I open a new tab in my browser, a Pinterest recent-history window appears. My boards are covered in recipes and delicious chocolate confections. You're right, I do click on it. A lot. It's unfortunate. This puts me in a Pinterest black hole. You know, where you scroll for ages and find yourself wound-up in the world wide web. (I knew there was a reason they called it that!). After looking at endless pictures of things I don't allow myself to eat, I end up wasting away hours of my evening.

This means I get nothing done. And when you're moonlighting two businesses, getting nothing done is a serious set back. Progress is pathetic.

Thankfully there are apps for that.

Last week I started using Toggl. It helps me track what I'm working on and for how long. If I download the desktop version it tracks the websites I have open for longer than 10 seconds (yeah - I'm talking about you Facebook). That's dangerous. But there's so much benefit to the basic time tracking web-app. Let me list them for you:

1. It makes every task a race against the clock.

2. It allows you to see where you spend your time (when you have multiple projects this is super helpful)

3. The reporting is a number guy's dream (I tracked over 14 hours on project work last week - outside my full-time job)

4. You can continue the same project over several days. It doesn't end. I like that because sometimes I work on the same project throughout the work.

5. It has billable time, teams, and other bonus features if I want to upgrade. Not yet.

I'm going to continue to use Toggl to see how much time I'm spending on my projects. If something takes too much time, I'll work on doing it faster or completely scraping the initiative.

Procrastinate a lot? Look into browser lock-down apps.

I have looked into them, but  I haven't pulled the trigger because I'm pretty sure I'd fall apart and crumble at the sight of only being able to access sites in which I would actually get work done. I mean, I do need a Facebook break every once in a while.

Browser lock-down applications are a little too much for me. I like tracking my time. For example, it took me 15 minutes and 46 seconds to write this blog post over two days. And it's done.

Try Toggl. Seriously, it's free. And no, that's not an affiliate link.