As part of a productivity practice recently I’ve been actively logging and tracking how I spend my time in increments of 30 minutes.

I’ve been doing this for over a month now, and wanted to share some results. The tracking is happening in a Google sheet, and looks like this.

Daily Tracking

The time tracking is below with color coded cells for each category. Some of the categories are: family time, productive time, sleep, essentials, writing, wasted time, etc. I have them in a bar graph that higlights the total amount per category per day.

In the top rows I also track my to-do list. These are populated based on Weekly/Monthly goals from a regular planning and retrospective practice. In a graph (shown at the bottom of the sheet), I analyze the number of tasks per day, how many I actually complete, and a rolling average of tasks.

Doing this was very unnatural at first but once I started I quickly looked past the inconvenience and got addicted to the data. It gave me an understanding of myself I didn’t have before.

A few insights I got from the time tracking data:

A few insights from the To do Tracking data:

This practice gives me a great baseline and also a great experiment framework for productivity - I can try new productivity methods and see their impact. I’ll likely continue this for the foreseeable future.