Re: [dev] dwm: suckless way to monitor work hours

From: hiro <>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:49:21 +0200

Analyzing the time spent on useless stuff can give you quite a
productivity boost. Some time ago I did this by reading wmii's /event
file. It has helped me ditch some stupid habits.

On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Niklas Koponen<> wrote:
> Thinking is added on top of the time spent on the keyboard with the
> factor of 1.3. The important information I get is how much time I've
> spent by the keyboard and what files I have been editing, what sites
> I've been surfing and how long the day has been from the first
> interaction to the last.
> It didn't matter that much when I was working as an employee in a big
> company because it was quite easy to fill in the same amount of hours
> every day, nobody actually cared what you did during the day.
> At the moment I work as an entrepreneur and have a few customers. When
> I send the bills at the end of the month it is easier to bill them the
> right amount when I can grep some information on how much I've been
> working on something and on what exactly.
> I know it would be easier just to write the hours down at the end of
> each day, but for me it seems to be an impossible habit. On top of
> that lately I've been working a lot from home, so I might have longer
> breaks when the children come home from school and so on. I guess I'll
> add some information to the statusbar telling me how many euros I have
> earned so far and how much is still missing from the monthly estimate
> ;-)
> The end of this month will show if the tracking was worth it.
> The xdotool worked as expected, thanks!
> -Niklas
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 12:26 PM, Anselm R Garbe<> wrote:
>> 2009/9/1 Sebastian Stark <>:
>>> On 01.09.2009, at 11:01, Anselm R Garbe wrote:
>>>> But how do you track the time of thinking?
>>> In reality nobody pays you for thinking :)
>> I'd say working as a software developer means: you "think" at least
>> 90% of your work time, when comparing it with the physical part of the
>> work like pressing keys or moving the mouse. The "think" portion
>> includes "reading specs/docs", "experimenting", etc of course.
>> Kind regards,
>> Anselm
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