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(To be said in a Hollywood movie trailer dramatic voice) Once in a decade, there comes a piece of software that can change your life…

Ever wonder where the day went? (Or even worse, where the year went?) You get to the end of the day and although you feel like you’ve been crazy-busy, you don’t seem any nearer to achieving your goals than you were at the start?

This was happening to me. A lot. And with a number of immoveable deadlines I felt the need to find out where my time was going.

Yesterday I was talking on the phone with Todd (soon to be officially confirmed as my manager, with particular responsibility for sponsorship), and he put me onto WorkTimer, a cute little Mac tool from Norway that he uses to track his time. ‘So I can tell you we’ve been on this phone call for 56 minutes,’ he said. (56 minutes?! Well, we did have a lot to discuss.)

I duly downloaded (it’s free), so I can tell you that it is now 12 minutes since I started writing this blog.

At the end of the day, or the week, you can copy and paste the individual time items into a spreadsheet, and find out just where your time went.

I thought I’d left time-reporting behind when I left management consultancy, but I guess it does have its uses, even if these days I don’t get to charge anybody for my time. It may at least stop me indulging my email-addiction under the happy illusion that I am working.

After all, as Carl Sandburg said, ‘Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.’

I see Gersh has got an app called 3Athlete as well. Must check that one out for tracking my marathon training.

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