Tips for color, naming and layout of categories

Careful ones may have some questions about this classification chart, such as:

  1. Why is it that my icon is only blue and yours is red, yellow and blue-grey?

  2. Why do I have an "S*" in front of every event name?

  3. Why is your "work" on the right and not elsewhere?

These tips can be refined and optimized on your own once you've determined your classification.

First, the color of the icon.

Different colors are moody, such as life's red lights, red stops; yellow warnings; green passes.

Other moods of different colors we can refer to.

Black: a symbol of prestige, professionalism and taste.

Gray: symbolizes sincerity, composure, and deliberation.

White: symbolizes purity, holiness, goodness, trust and openness.

Red: symbolizes passion, sexiness, and confidence.

Pink: symbolizes tenderness, sweetness, romance, and no pressure.

Orange: symbolizes friendliness, candor, cheerfulness, and health.

Yellow: confident, smart, hopeful, unstable.

Green: brightness, energy, security.

Blue: conservative, rational, moderate and pragmatic.

So you'll see that my "Entertainment" is damage time, so I set it to red, which means it's a bad time item, and when I click on it, the visuals will alert me first; and "Organize" is my thinking time, so I used blue, which means rational.

In addition to adjusting the icon colors yourself, TimeTrack's Pro account allows you to use more extended colorful icons.

On the Category tab, check Activity, click Edit, and select the icon.

On the left is the free version of the icon library and on the right is the paid version. Students who like aesthetics can toss it around.

By the same token, we can extend the concept of "emotion" to the naming of activity items.

Conventional naming, such as "work", "rest", "chores", etc., but we can use a different naming method from the "mood" point of view, which creates the first stimulus when we click on the active item time.

For example, change the naming of "work" to "make more money", then at the beginning of the time, the simple "start work" in the mind may become "for some kind of happy life and work hard to make money", or change the "release" to "don't go to the toilet to play mobile phone", after this "cautionary nomenclature" processing, it gives a certain meaning to the activity item, emotional more resonance.

The downside, of course, is that the definition of the activity may be blurred because of the intention to convey it, and this is something for everyone to choose from.

As to why I still have an "S" marker before each of my names, because I use S instead of groups, S1-S7 corresponds to a first-level classification.

As shown in the figure:

This allows me to batch replace "S*" with a first level classification when I export data to Excel.

Why use S and not other characters? Because S is fat and lean, it takes up less space at the nomenclature and is not invisible (W).

Finally, on to the layout of activity items.

I've arranged them in right-hand click frequencies, with the icon used at the highest frequencies set in the lower right-hand corner, the lower the frequency the more outgoing.

The frequencies are: green>beige>orange>brown in descending order.

The frequency of use can be judged according to the number of clicks you export the history of the activity, Excel open the export data using pivot table - select all detailed data - insert pivot table - drag the type of activity to the "row" - and then drag the type of activity to the "value", you can get all the activity in all the time period of the number of clicks, the higher the value, the more clicks on behalf of you, put into your hands the green area (habit of the left-handed students in the opposite direction, the same principle).

To adjust the order of activities in the Category tab, click on the sort symbol in the upper right corner, then hold down the horizontal line to the right of the icon and drag the order.

In TimeTrack iOS (Pro) you can adjust the number of active icons displayed, in More - Settings, as shown.

The default is 4 icons per line, you can set up to 6 icons per line, which can solve the problem of displaying the number of icons on one screen.

If you're new to this, you don't have to pay too much attention to these details while the classification is still in the high-frequency update stage, and it's not too late to set it up when you've got the software down.

At the end of this chapter, we'll introduce you to 2 tools to help you improve your efficiency.