One of our customers recently clued us in on a unique time tracking method they devised using multiple timers and simple arithmetic. The challenge they faced was finding out how much time they weren’t tracking. Most of us do take breaks or get distracted throughout our workday, but we don’t track that time. Here is a breakdown for their clever and simple workaround.
- Start a general time at the start of your day. This timer will be running the whole day, so give it a descriptive name to remind you why it’s there. Something like “baseline.”
- Go about your workday in a normal fashion, starting and stopping timers, applying time to tasks and projects, accumulating time on your timesheet.
- At the end of your day, stop the general timer you created in step 1. Compare that total to the daily total on your timesheet. The difference will show you how much time was lost.
Now that you know how much time you’ve wasted, it’s up to you to figure out how to fix the leak the next day. Let us know if you have any tips.