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From: Bernt Hansen <bernt@norang.ca>
To: David Bremner <bremner@unb.ca>
Cc: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: time tracking common activities
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:49:57 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <8763j5yuoq.fsf@gollum.intra.norang.ca> (raw)
In-Reply-To: 87ljs1ywwt.fsf@gollum.intra.norang.ca

Bernt Hansen <bernt@norang.ca> writes:

> David Bremner <bremner@unb.ca> writes:
>> J Aaron Farr wrote:
>>>I'm using org-mode to track my time on projects and todo items, but
>>>I'd also like to start tracking time I spend on things such as my
>>>email, reading rss feeds, etc.  I'd prefer to continue to use
>>>org-mode for that so that all my time tracking is in one place with
>>>one system.
>>>My current thought is to have a `diary.org` file that I keep tasks
>>>that don't clearly fit in any of my projects.  The file would look
>>>something like:
>>>    *** DONE Checking email                  :email:
>>>        CLOSED: [2009-02-20 Fri 18:56]
>>>        :CLOCK:
>>>        CLOCK: [2009-02-20 Fri 17:56]--[2009-02-20 Fri 18:56] =>  1:00
>>>        :END:
>> I don't see anything wrong with this, but I also don't see the need
>> for a TODO. Do you need to be reminded to check email?  You could just
>> make a headline, and clock on that.  Clocktables (or, maybe,
>> clocktable view in agenda mode) could narrow down e.g. time spent
>> reading email in one week.
>> I guess you would still have to think about comfortable ways to find
>> the right file/buffer and clock in there.
> When I did something similar to this recently I created a tag for
> :ONGOING: tasks and used the agenda view to quickly find these tasks for
> clocking in.
> I just used a single task to clock multiple times and then at the end of
> the year create a new one and archive the old one so they don't grow
> forever.

and... replying to my own post - I do this slightly differently now.

Clocking a task in sets the TODO keyword to STARTED.  I don't mark
tasks as ONGOING anymore - I just clock it in (and don't mark it done).

I have an agenda view to display STARTED tasks so I can easily find
anything that's been clocked and is not finished.

I haven't been using this system long enough to know whether it's a good
fit for me long-term.  Time will tell :)


  reply	other threads:[~2009-02-20 15:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-02-20 12:20 time tracking common activities J Aaron Farr
2009-02-20 12:35 ` David Bremner
2009-02-20 15:01   ` Bernt Hansen
2009-02-20 15:49     ` Bernt Hansen [this message]
2009-02-20 15:45   ` Peter Jones
2009-02-20 16:01     ` Matthew Lundin
2009-02-20 20:30       ` Sebastian Rose
2009-02-21  3:51       ` J Aaron Farr
2009-02-20 14:40 ` Jason F. McBrayer

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