We all have the same amount of hours during the day: the trick is to use them effectively.
Combining Google Calendar with a time tracking tool like Timeneye can help you get more done and be more productive day by day. Here’s how!
As much as I love the kitten-themed paper calendar on my desk, I think that online calendars are much better productivity tools.
Timeneye brings time tracking to Google Calendar thanks to its native integration. By linking your calendar to Timeneye, you can track time for Google Calendar events easily without the risk of forgetting about it.
Time blocking is a popular technique as far as productivity is concerned. It allows people to save chunks of uninterrupted time on their work schedule:
– Time blocks also serve as estimates on the time that we’ll need to complete the task;
– They give users short-terms deadlines that speed up the work;
– By assigning a dedicated time block to high-priority tasks, it’s easier to get them done quickly and on schedule.
Combining time tracking and time blocking will ensure the effectiveness of this technique by allowing you to get insights of your activities, and also by helping your track against the duration you have estimated and know whether you stuck to it or not.
(When you’ve finished, don’t forget to stop and save it to keep the data inside Timeneye.)
It’ll be easy to get back to the time you’ve tracked thanks to the Google Calendar icon on the time cards you’ve created: scroll through the dashboard or check the list of the time entries in the entries list to find them.
Our brain likes routines. Habits drive our lives and help to put our mind on autopilot mode.
Without the fear of the unknown or the unexpected, we face our daily lives in a reassured, confident mood.
This is particularly important when fighting the urge of procrastination: if we have a system we use to deal with a certain task, we’re more likely to get it done.
Building a productivity routine takes time. You could start by creating a structure to your day and planning in advance the tasks you’re doing regularly.
For example, I take some hours daily to take care of scheduling content our Timeneye Facebook page as well as our Twitter profile. This is a regular part of my daily work.
You can measure the effectiveness of your routines by conducting a time audit on your personal activity in Timeneye.
These two methods don’t exclude each other so you can integrate time blocking in your daily routine to maximize your day. Thankfully, technology can help you find what works best for your needs.
What are the hidden Google Calendar hacks everybody should know? Let us know in the comments. If you’re ready to bring time tracking to your Google Calendar events, head to your Timeneye workspace!