Managing your time well is a common point of frustration for many people. It's something I've had to spend a lot of time thinking about so I can have more freedom to do the things I love. I've discovered a number of tools and services that I've been using for a while that have aided in reclaiming my time that I'd like to share. I've grouped them into four categories
Tracking is what you'll need to see where your time is going.
Quotas are what you need to time-box various online activities.
Blocking is what you need to prevent access from websites or apps so you can better focus.
Scheduling and Task Management is how you go about allocating the time you have.
“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” ― Jean de La Bruyère
Join Rescuetime](https://www.rescuetime.com/rp/juvoni/plans) Rescuetime is hands down the most important non-utility subscription I have. Although, it’s basically like a utility to me. It’s my personal meter for measuring how I use my time online, both desktop and mobile. With technology and the internet so integrated into our lives, It's important to start measuring time online so it can be better managed. Rescuetime features:
I highly recommend signing up for rescuetime and the premium service. Rescuetime has a dashboard that shows you how much time you've spent, what categories of activity you spent that time, and they calculate a productive pulse for you of productive, very productive, neutral, distracting and very distracting. [
You can set productivity goals, such as reducing the amount of time you spend reading/watching news and media or social media and it will track your daily progress.
You can view the usage of particular services overtime and every a daily pattern breakdown. Combined these two data points can help you determine daily quotas for yourself as well as focus/blockable time periods around your peak usuage times.
Chrome Extension Link](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wastenotime/enebomhlllfaccbelnjhfgblnalofhch?hl=en) Waste No Time is a chrome extension that allows you to track the websites you spend most of your time on and create a quota for how long you spend on a site. I first discovered this extension when I was looking for a more fine-grained site blocker that I would use as an alternative to Rescuetimes Focus Time, which blocks every and all sites set as unproductive. Main features of Waste No Time:
Play Store Link](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.dfki.appdetox&hl=en_US) App Detox is my favorite app for Android that moderates the usage of apps used on my phone. You create rules for the particular set of apps you want to manage. Rules:
Mac App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/time-out-break-reminders/id402592703?mt=12) Time Out allows you to customize break times to step away from your computer. It's really useful for snapping out of zombie browsing states. [
Learn more about Freedom](http://bit.ly/freedomTo) Freedom to is a great service that to block websites or even the internet to give you more time to focus on what matters. Features:
I primarily use Facebook for events and messaging people. It’s easy to get drowned into spending a lot of mindless time scrolling through the news feed. Removing my newsfeed from my laptop has made me use facebook much more intentionally and gives me better control of the tool. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg?hl=en
Join Calendly](http://calendly.com/) I used to waste so much time with back and forth scheduling. Now I use Calendly to manage most of my meetings and it has been a big time saver for me. [
https://pomotodo.com/intl/en/](https://pomotodo.com/intl/en/) Pomotodo is Pomodoro app that has a chrome extension, mac app and mobile app for todo management and focused work sessions. There are six steps in the original technique:
http://bulletjournal.com/](http://bulletjournal.com/) Bullet Journal is customizable pen & paper organizing system. Despite there being a ton of digital tools, I find pen & paper helps me to prioritize and think better while minimizing distractions from using digital tools to organize. [
Zapier is one of my favorite tools to automate workflows between various different services. Some things I automate are:
Good ole calendar. I use my calendar for personal and work items. Some of the personal items I use my calendar to track are
I know you've found these tools useful. Please share to help save some time in someone's life.
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it. — Seneca