For 12 months, beginning in September 2011, I lost track of time, and not in the good way, when time flies past because you are enjoying yourself. I stopped keeping a timesheet to monitor my work hours and how I was spending them, and I browned out. So now I use a fantastic Andriod app called, Time Recorder to log my work hours. It produced my first monthly report yesterday and this has been something of a shock. I thought I’d been busy, but didn’t realise I’d only had one day off all month!
Looking down the days, I can clearly see that sometimes I have blocks of very long days and sometimes the slinky catches up with shorter days. What I didn’t expect was to see only one blank. I know I do work from time to time on my day of rest, which I aim to give to my wife and kids, but to have only one clear day in the first month I recorded my time was a shock. Especially the 4 hours 7 minutes I spent working on my wife’s birthday. That’s when the Guinea Bissau paralympic team came to town.
I am finding this a really helpful accountability tool. It is also a healthy check. It helps me know if I am tired, why I am tired, and so when to take the foot off the gas. I’m going to take a couple of days rest this weekend and try to let the batteries recharge whilst I give focused time to my family.