TOOL RECOMMENDATION: Toggl App

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Last weekend, my hubby pointed out my long hours working. Of course, I denied it. I couldn’t possibly work the hours that he claimed. The more I thought about it, the more it bugged the crap out of me.

Just so happens that I received a piece of email last week where a writer mentioned a few tools that worked for her. One of those was the Toggl app. I was doubtful but curious.

The application is available for iPhone/Mac and Android/Windows platforms. There’s a desktop version and a mobile one. I promptly loaded the one to my phone and bookmarked the desktop.

The next day I started working with the mindset that I’d clock in and out for each project. I’d also clock in and out for lunch. My first day looked like this:

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By the end of the first day, I’d clocked six hours, fourteen minutes, and fifty-one seconds. Nearly seven hours less than what was originally thought. I would have easily guessed that I put in eight hour days.

I’ll admit when I worked a 9 to 5 I hated time management. If someone had told me to clock in and out for each and every project, I probably would have puked on the spot. But I fell in love with this app.

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I had a clear visual record of how much time I spent on individual projects. If I thought I didn’t get anything done, I could easily look at the handy pie chart (on the dashboard) to correct my thinking.

With the Toggl app I now know how long I work. Taking a walk with my daughter doesn’t seem like such a big deal now. It will be interesting to see what my dashboard looks like at the end of the week. If I’m working toward a deadline, I may work seven days. 

If you’re struggling with managing your time, or simply want to know where it goes while you’re writing, give Toggl a try.