I became more aware of where I was spending my time. It was like someone watching me from behind. I became my own boss. Here I will be sharing my experience in tracking every minute of day for two weeks.
Even before I started tracking my time I was well aware of the fact that I was spending a lot of time doing unproductive activities. I used to dabble between YouTube, coding, college classes, Instagram whenever I felt like. There was no accountability.
Every now and then I also used to read blogs on Dev. On July 18 I happen to read a very interesting blog by @dragosbln titled "I tracked every minute of my time for the last 4 months. Here are 7 totally unexpected results". Here I'm also linking the article. It was an eye opener for me. The desire to track my own time also was very strong that I started tracking my time from that very minute.
I am grateful to @dragosbln for sharing his experience in a very detailed manner. The Toggl timer application proved to be extremely easy and fun to use. The Toggl timer app also syncs across the devices. Though I use the mobile app mostly to track my time, the web-app gives better analysis and plots of the tracked time.
Toggl timer provides a month of free premium trial after which one need to pay to continue using the Premium plan. The free plan packs enough features for getting most of things done.
I started by creating some projects: Leisure, Online class, Sleep, Routines, Fitness, Spiritual and Misc. These projects are similar to the concept of class in Object oriented programming paradigm. Every activity I track falls into one of the above mentioned projects.
It is definitely a pain to track time in the starting. I often used to forget to start/stop the timer when I move to the next activity. Furthermore, it is not pleasant to know that you have spent more than 40% of the day in Leisure activities on some days.
But yes, this is where we can seek improvement. I was able to cut down a lot of "switching-between" activities. Checking WhatsApp in between became a strict no-no unless I made an entry in Toggl timer.
It felt simply great to know that I had control over my time. After two weeks of tracking my time I am now beginning to develop this as a habit. The daily and weekly analysis gives me enough information to know the activities which consume most of my time.
Though I haven't made any significant changes to my daily activities, I made a point to get comfortable tracking my time by just recording my time and not focusing too much on optimizing it. Some of the comments on the OP mentioned about methods like "time-blocking" to improve the efficiency and productivity. Now that I am able to comfortably track my time I will try to implement these methods in the coming week.
I now believe that every person needs to have control over his time. Tracking the time spent is probably the best way to get started.