Question from a reader --
I've read Tynan for years and delved into your stuff for the first time recently. Good work.
I was just wondering what you think the best way to time-track is: in a notebook? e-mail? google doc? Have you perfected a system? I'm going to be traveling minimally for a few months so ideally I'd keep it digital on my laptop. Just curious if you've worked out a good system.
I used a program called MyLifeOrganized back when I was on Windows, and I use Evernote now that I'm on a Mac. OneNote would also be a fine choice, or whatever you like for doing text editing. I like a text file so I can customize and make notes on the fly, but I've also seen people using spreadsheets to good use.
The most important thing is to just get started. Over time, your system will evolve. Whatever you're doing now will certainly change as you understand how to make your system serve you, instead of you serving it. The goal is to get more clarity, understanding, and results in your life; not to do a bunch of paperwork. So it'll be quite experimental early on, before you settle into something you like long-term.
Too many people overthink the early stages of something, so make sure you don't do that. Like, if you want to start running for the first time, you don't need to research the best running shoes and clothes. If you're into that sort of thing and it doesn't slow you down, go for it -- but the most important thing is to get just about any pair of shoes and workout clothes, and just start running. As you get more into it, you can talk about your experience with other runners, research more, tweak and customize, etc. But in the beginning, by far, the most important thing is to get started.
Evernote's not a bad place to start if you don't want to overcomplicate things. But whatever you choose, just get it chosen and get movin' -- godspeed in 2013,
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I too use Evernote for time tracking. It's really great since it can sync in all of your device.
The problem for me is that I'm not consistent and it seems to be the hard part. You can start time tracking anywhere, even on a notepad.
"Where" is usually not the issue, "how to" is the issue.
I seem to track for sometime and then stop it. Below are the list of days I've successfully completed time tracking (in YYYY-MM-DD format).
TIme tracking, etc:
Question from a reader -
I discovered your blog recently and have been enjoying reading your posts, including the older ones. I was wondering if you had come across this problem before:
I feel I know intellectually what I need to do to be more productive and effective. I am a fan of getting things done (GTG) and have a written a good set of goals at 50k and 40k foot levels down to smaller projects and next tasks. For the past 3 months or so though I have not even wanted to look at these goals or my projects and next tasks. My mind knows what it needs to do but getting my body to do it has been next to impossible. At the point of critical decision like get up and go to the gym in the morning I give into the easier option of staying in bed.
I feel like I need a better strategy for execution. Any thoughts?
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When I turned 30 and I had a minor freak out… I thought, "I'll be 40 in not long, and then 50… there's things I want to do in my life, and they're not happening at this pace."
Before that, I had a general idea of things I wanted to do and have in my life, but I went about in an unstructured way. It was good in a lot of ways. It made be a broad process, but not much depth.