TimeTrack, use it first

If you use TimeTrack, for the first time, modify the default settings first:

  1. More-Settings-when starting a new activity-pause an ongoing activity and start a new activity

  2. The main timer is changed to "Total time" (otherwise the display will be cleared after the time is paused)

  3. Open "time interval conflict reminder" (TimeTrack Android is not available)

  4. Date format 2019-05-13, time format 22:31

  5. Export data format: yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss

  6. The first day at the beginning of the time is set to "Monday"

  7. Turn on Show seconds

  8. Minimum activity duration-not set

  9. Modify the "time statistics method" to "take into account the cross time of activities".

Note: if the iOS account logs out, all settings will be cleared, and login again needs to be reset.

Then create a new goal called "I am still playing with my phone" on the target page, set the activity to include "entertainment", reach the type selection "no more than the set time", and set the time to 2 hours a day.

Then go back to the main page, the rule is, limit you to use only "entertainment", "work" and "other" activities, work records, mobile phone, movies, games and other sleeping, walking and washing time, use "other" records for those who do not belong to "work" and "entertainment", and then write down what you have done in the notes column. The rule is to limit your use of "entertainment", "work" and "other" activities, work, work and other activities.

I asked Q to perform these operations before, and after he tried it for 2-3 days, he gave me feedback:

"Oh, Tu, your method is very useful. I really spend a lot less time playing with my mobile phone. I have only exceeded the standard for" entertainment "once in these three days. Every time I turn on the "entertainment" time, when I see the countdown on this "secondary timer", I dare not misuse it. I feel like I am always reminding me that my entertainment time is running out. I often want to brush my phone when I have nothing to do. Forget it. I still hold back. "

I am also very happy to help Q achieve his goal, and ask him how he still feels in the process of using it.

He thought about it and summed up these three points:

  1. You can see the target visually and remind me not to time out at any time.

  2. You have to click every time to record it. It's a little troublesome.

  3. When you are busy, you will still forget to take notes.

The first item shows that Q have mastered the most essential "goal" function of TimeTrack from the first time.

The "secondary timer" we set up before, including a separate "goals" function page, is to visualize our goals, remind ourselves to pay attention to time consumption, and create a warning line not only in mind, but also visually. Warn yourself not to cross the line.

Second, the operation is troublesome, but to a certain extent, it can improve efficiency, such as using desktop widgets without unlocking, clicking directly on a negative screen, and combining advanced operations such as iOS shortcuts or Android Tasker,. In the future, it will be said that clicking on this action is inevitable for the time being.

The third is the "hindrance" that causes many students to give up halfway. The key is that you haven't received enough positive feedback and haven't formed the habit yet.

Then how can you form a habit? I shared my practice with Q.

I divide the habit into three stages:

  • Phase I ——Hold on

This stage depends entirely on willpower, and there must be immediate positive feedback or gamification stimulation. For example, the "secondary timer" we mentioned is instant feedback, and the gamification stimulus is the bar chart and color of the software. You look at the bar chart is all green, the higher the success rate, the more you will have a sense of achievement, of course, you do not want to undermine this achievement.

  • The second stage-inertia

After holding on for a period of time, you have accumulated a lot of historical data, at this time your records no longer need to "stick", daily records seem to be accustomed to daily classes, and you don't want the continuity of time to break off. you've been pushed away by muscle memory.

  • The third stage-meaning

Give great meaning to your actions, which is your self-drive to do anything, and it is also a kind of idealism.

For example, I hope to promote time recording through hands-on practice, so that more people can acquire this skill and change themselves through recording. I want to use TimeTrack to build a data museum where time and event data can be used for future generations to refer to and pass on experience.

My way ahead's a long,long one,oh! I'll seek my beauty high and low.

Amuse oneself.Not everyone will come to the "meaning" stage, as long as they can solve practical problems.

If you really can't hold on, think about your original intention of keeping a time record, what you want to accomplish through time recording, if the goal has been achieved, let it go; if not, but find a more suitable way, you can leave at any time.

But don't give up because of trivial problems after holding on for a long time. For example, do not know how to do the recorded data, do not know how to analyze the data, do not know what the use of recording and so on. On the side, writing this book is to help you solve these small problems.

Quitting early is the root of all failure.


On the way to developing habits, I have heard that the most common reasons for giving up are:

"one day I forgot to remember, but I didn't know how to fix it. I put it off and gave up."

If you have a lot of time to forget to remember, and the act of recording puts a huge psychological burden on you, don't make up for it, forget it.

The important thing is not to record more, but to walk through more PDCA cycles and "plan-execute-check-act".

Just recording, there is no change, that is, of course, to do useless work, it is better to use the recording time to relax the mood.

Adhere to "record-classify-analyze-change" and find your own positive feedback as soon as possible.

Just like Q completed the "I am still playing with the phone" goal limit, really realize the benefits of time recording, stick to it, it is not difficult at all.

Once you know how to record time with TimeTrack, it's time to try the core functions of TimeTrack.