Where Does My Time Go?

by chromatic

Almost every productive person I know wishes that he or she had more time. Most of us wonder where our time really goes; often it's noon by the time I finish reading my feeds and following up on interesting URLs. (Fortunately, I'm not a morning person, so I wouldn't accomplish much before noon anyway.)

I've often wished for a short X.org program that would run in the background and monitor which window had active focus. If I tracked that for a few hours or days, I'd be able to perform some interesting statistical analysis to see where I actually spend my time.

Writing a prototype took about ten minutes, thanks to Dennis Paulsen's X11::GUITest Perl module (see Test-Driving X11 GUIs by George Nistorica for more):


2007-10-16 17:29:43
"it hooks into Xlib, and it wasn’t a painful experience at all"

It seems you have a strange idea of what "painful" is!

2007-10-16 17:58:53
@tim, given that I've found and fixed several GC errors in Parrot recently, my threshold for pain is indeed far beyond what anyone's probably should be.
2007-10-18 10:43:04
try kArm.
Aaron Trevena
2007-10-19 04:36:52
Hi chromatic,

You might be interested in http://getmeetimer.com/, a firefox plugin that tracks what pages you have exposed in tabs, for how long with logging, grouping and even warnings and "discouragement".