Time Tracking in the Time of COVID-19

In late 2019 I started using Toggl, to track how much time I was spending on my client work, whittled right down to the task. I had reports for how much time I was spending on social media, reporting, website updates.

But then things took a turn in March.

Things that usually took 15 minutes were now taking 30 – what’s wrong with my work ethic?! My productivity is lacking!

Done Tracking Work Time

Making sure tasks don’t expand to fill your entire work day is a bummer, and it’s a real thing, too – Parkinson’s Law. BUT, these are not typical times. We are sitting in our homes during a global crisis, hoping our friends, family, and co-workers don’t die on a day-to-day basis.

A year ago? Yes, if you’re an independent web worker, sure, it’s good to know how much time you’re spending on each client, to make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin, and not charging enough!

But today? In the summer of 2020? Do what you can, and take care of yourself. You don’t need the constant reminder of any decline in productivity starting you in the face.

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