Which is very rare.
Sebastian suggested I track my time so I can find out and optimize where it’s going.
Here’s the theory: I’m guessing I’m spending 2 hours working on something, but the reality is I probably spent 1 hour and 45 minutes of that feeling anxious and scared… And 15 minutes actually doing the thing.
I lost the morning, but here’s the rest of the day:
(I bolded the productive time and italicised the attempts at it)
2:34 PM Editing blog post on How to Do Really Simple Customer Onboarding on SoHelpful.io Project 
2:44 PM Said hi to Jezze 
3:17 PM Editing blog post 
3:45 PM Looking for photo 
3:57 PM Looking for where GR subs are coming from 
4:25 PM Break 
4:53 PM Going through github issues; added tooltip for qualify 
5:02 PM Going through github issues; contact page UI 
5:23 PM Gym [1 hour, 41 minutes]
7:04 PM Designing Calls UI 
8:00 PM Team call 
8:40 PM Drive thru and drive home 
9:35 PM Write email for last year’s Gotta Be Good Tour attendees, followed up with 2-3 student leaders with eventbrite details, coordinated with Kai on replying to someone, got mixed in with talking to a relative on the phone, and some email [1 hour, 38 mins]
11:13 PM Deciding if I’m going to send this to Sebastian 
11:16 PM Write blog post 
11:42 PM Go to sleep
I woke up at 7:30 AM and it is now 11:30 PM — a 16-hour workday. I only got about 4 hours of productive work in.
It may look bad, but this has probably been my most productive day since I returned from Saigon. So I’m happy with myself.
This is my 4th attempt at tracking my time and using that awareness to be more productive. Maybe this time I finally sustain the practice.
If you want to try tracking your time, here are some guidelines from Sebastian.