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Hey Sebastian

I hope your travels are going well. My time tracking has been going great. I added a whole ton of stuff as well as a journal. I'm trying really hard to track my energy levels and figure out how to increase that since it is pretty much the deciding factor in how much I can get done. The whole process has really been helping me out. Just the fact that I know I am writing each block of time down makes me want to use it in a way I would be proud of.

I could use a bit of advice though. The whole system seems to break down whenever, i am busy especially if it involves running around of place to place. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?

Great questions here. Well first, congrats on getting onto time tracking, it's one of those things that's potentially life changing. I've gotten huge mileage out of it.

But yes, this is something I've realized lately - probably the #1 way people get off-track in their habits is by having some sort of hard time happen. Stress, illness, being overwhelmingly busy, something like that.

Why I track my time every single day

Yesterday, I put up an image Daniella sent me on Ben Franklin's Time Tracking.

After that, we got into a bit of a good discussion on the topic. We shared some thoughts on chaos and structure, and I wrote this -

Re: time tracking, it took me a few attempts and a few false starts before I started doing it. I've gotten a lot out of it, but I'm a big believer that your tools should serve you; you don't serve your tools. Track as much as makes sense for you so you get gains out of it. I'm naturally an unstructured person actually - I try to build structure and routine in the areas that I think it benefits, while letting creativity and chaos reign where it does well. My blog is actually more on the chaotic-just-let-it-flow side - I don't have an explicit pattern or schedule for posting. I just write something every day based on whatever I'm thinking or reading or corresponding about. I try to add more structure/order in areas where it helps a lot - even after doing it for a long time, I still forget to breathe and meditate a little at the start of my day if I don't refer to my time tracking. Likewise, tracking food and spending gives me a pretty good idea of what I'm eating and where my money is going, which adds a lot of value to my life. But again, it should serve you. Try it a little if you want to improve an area, make it work for you, make it yours. If it's not serving you at that time, discard it. I don't know if I'll track forever, but I'm still seeing big gains from it.

D writes back -

Thanks for the quick reply! Have to run to a concert now, but a question did pop into my head as I thought about the unstructured person living a semi-structured life and read your response. I guess I maybe resisted time tracking because it felt like I was self imposing structure on my daily life, which would "bind" me to it in a way. I'm the type of person that naturally resists structure but when I do have it, I do my best to succeed at it.

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