Time is money, we all know that. But when you are an entrepreneur and you are trying to get a business off the ground, your time is one of your most valuable resources. Of course, it goes without saying that if you want to be successful, you must learn to leverage and make the most of your time.
One of the things that I teach about is learning to set priorities. If you have a goal that you want to accomplish but you are not doing anything about it, then it is certainly not a priority. Not having time is simply not a good enough excuse for not pursuing your goals.
I’ve been talking about releasing a mini-course on procrastination for some time now, and in one of the modules I invite you to keep track of a detailed activity log—I even provide a worksheet for it. The point of the exercise is to help you get insight into where you can leverage some of the time you are already spending in activities that you could do away with. Think of it as a budget, but instead of budgeting money, you are budgeting your time.
Having a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, or a time log that you carry around is good and all, but inconvenient to say the least. The next best route is, of course, to find an app that allows you to do the same; but with the 1.2 million apps in the Apple app store, finding the perfect app for this exercise wasn’t going to be the easiest.
Enter ATracker by wonderapps.
The opportunity to test the app came about as a sponsored opportunity. I am glad I checked it out as it is the perfect app for the purposes of a time budget. The best part about the app is that it takes time-tracking a step further by providing an accurate time count of all of my activities and even reports.
The app is simple to use and intuitive, so it didn’t take me long to figure out how to use it without reading instructions—because, well… I don’t read instructions, ever, so that is a plus for this app. That being said, there is a quick getting started type tutorial at the beginning and a video you can watch in case you have more patience than me.
For the purpose of keeping a time-budget you can add activities as you engage in them and just tap the activity to start tracking time, it really is as simple as that. In my case, because I work mostly in the mornings, I am using the app to keep track of how much time I spend in certain activities related to growing my business.
I am huge on customization and finding something that works according to what I need, so I love that I can also customize icons, colors, categories, etc.
Time isn’t the only thing I keep track of when I work on my business. I also like to be able to keep track of what mini-activities I have completed. Being an entrepreneur I have to wear a million different hats: I am a social media manager, I network, I am my own IT person, I am my own content producer… and because I wear a million hats, I also complete a bunch of different activities on a weekly basis that may or may not be related to the other.
Naturally, I found it very neat that the app allows you to add notes to the activities you’re keeping track of. This helps me keep track of progress as well as time. As I’ve written about in the past, keeping track of your progress is super important to help you stay motivated to reach your goals.
There is also a calendar feature that displays your activities much the way they would be displayed on an agenda. LOVE IT!
Then there is the reporting feature…
Um, have I told you how much I love pie charts and bar charts and reports? It could be because my job is all about numbers and analyzing numbers to strategize. The skill has carried onto my business as I keep track of numbers for visitors, sources, opt-ins, etc. Nothing against Excel, I’ve been using Excel for creating reports, but this app takes the guesswork out reports.
Heck, I could even keep track of how long it takes me to set up a report and a pie chart on Excel with this app and be done with it faster than you can say YOLO.
You can even create reports based on different categories.
So if you have an iPhone or iPad and are in need of a great tool for keeping track of your activities and how much time you have spent doing them, this is the app for you. Not only does it keep track of time and activities, it also allows you to create reports.
Who knows, maybe once you notice that you spend 60% of your leisure time on Facebook you may just want to adjust your daily routine.