I blame my university years for my procrastination curse.
Not that anything (much) was wrong with my academic studies, but the whole mentality of (greek) university oozes procrastination: most of the time, there’s not an everyday reason for you to do stuff. There were projects and exercises, yes, but those could be easily (?) tackled the last two or three days of the deadline. Or not.
Since I’m trying hard to face this aspect of myself, I’ve given a chance to time tracking software. I found that I focus more easily on a task if there’s a visible timer around the screen, ticking away, measuring my attention time. Believe it or not!
My first try was something in the lines of Billings and On The Job for Mac OS X. They’re clearly an overkill since I don’t use the invoicing features for my personal projects (or maybe I should) but I like the fact that I can set timers for tasks and group them into projects. But I’m still on the lookout for a better, more effective, less bloated solution.
So my questions are: Do you use some kind of time tracking device or application? Is it online or offline? Digital or analog?
Do share your experience in the comments.