Last semester was a good one. I took four upper-division classes as a computer science senior and made four As. Tracking time is important so I wanted to know how long it took me to pull this off.
Steve Jobs once said, “It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Time is invaluable. Each of us has been given a precise, finite amount of time. Some of us are given more than others. But all of us must recognize its preciousness and make good use of it.
Knowing how to spend time wisely is incredibly important. You can learn how to spend time better by analyzing what worked and didn’t work with time spent in the past. Tracking your time gives you a rich context upon which to make tomorrow’s decisions.
As a freelance web developer, I bill hourly. I’ve been tracking my time professionally for almost four years. It’s given me a context to gauge how long new projects are going to take, and I’m usually able to give fairly accurate estimates as a result. The practice of always having a clock running with an assigned task when I’m at my desk has made me very time-conscious and increased my productivity. It’s a discipline I recommend even if you are a salaried W2 employee. Knowing how you’re spending your most precious resource should matter to you.