Where Did the Time Go? How to Track Your Time with Toggl

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How to Track Your Time With Toggl

I can’t tell you how many days that I’ve said, “Where did the time go?” And most times, it’s not that you really don’t know where the time went, it’s just that you’re reflecting on what you wanted to do, and it didn’t get done.

When it comes to setting and hitting goals, persistence is key. When you fail however many times that may be, you’ve got to have the mindset that you’re going to get back up and try again or try something different.

And, you guys, this is a process for me as much as it is for anyone else. I can say that I’ve now established a mini habit of spending some time each weekday morning making progress on my graduate school work. This has proven to me that if I put God first and be persistent, I can accomplish anything if it’s His will.

So off of my platform and more talking about time-tracking.

How to Track Your Time With Toggl

One tool that I discovered around August of last year was Toggl. I initially started using Toggl to help me be more productive and get a grip of seeing how I was spending my time. I did not track every little thing then, and I don’t do it now, but having a time-tracker and using it along with the Pomodoro Technique can certainly help you to be more productive.

One of the nice things about Toggl is that you can use it for free with their Basic Plan. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be ready to start tracking time for a task.

Let’s step through an example, shall we?

Step 1 – Type in the activity that you want to work on.

Let’s say that I want to work on a discussion post for graduate school. I’ve typed in “Discussion Post” for my example.

Type in your activity

 

Step 2 (Optional) – Click on “Create a project” to categorize your activity.

For example, I’ve created a project called “Graduate Work” for my task.

Create a new project

 

Step 3 – Click the Start button to begin tracking your time.

Start the time tracker

Step 4- Once you’re done, click the button again to stop the tracker and record your time.

View tracked time

And it’s as simple as that! But what if you want to be able to see how much time you’ve spent on projects over the course of a week? Yes, you can do that for free.

Track Your Progress Over Time with the Reports Feature

Another great feature that allows you to see how much time you devote to projects over periods of time is the Reports feature. For instance, I can view how much time I spent on graduate work over the course of a week or even a month.

The reports feature

And that is how you can track your time to have a better idea of where it’s going. You don’t have to be obsessed with it, but you can use it as a tool to help yourself be more productive and accountable.

I hope this tip can help you this week!

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