A Time Journal offers the ability to objectively look at how you spent your time and ask yourself, “Do I want to continue spending my time on this?”
I must confess, from a traditional perspective, I have no sense of time. Instead, I have a list of things I want/need to accomplish with various deadlines (today, tomorrow, before 2017, etc.). I wake up — start doing what needs doing — go to sleep, wake up…and start again. However, I am a firm believer and proponent of the idea “time is the only commodity that matters.”1 Put simply, the more time you spend doing things you don’t enjoy or are otherwise unfulfilled by, the less time you have to spend on things you enjoy with the people you care for.
Actual development on Time Journal started when I moved to south–central Maryland. My “day job” is in northern Virginia — about 30 miles away. Every morning I would ride a bus to The Metro,2 change trains, and walk a mile to the office. After work, I would do the reverse.
Before Time Journal, I had no idea how long riding The Metro took (felt like an hour, since I’m not a “clock-watcher”), but the whole thing was annoying because it got in the way of me doing something else I would rather be doing than moving from A to B. Even if I brought a book or my laptop to use the time to my advantage, at the end of the trip, I felt drained.
When testing for Time Journal began, I would log my commutes from the time I got to the bus stop to the time I hit the office. After a week, I looked at my journal to see the results. I spent three hours commuting — one way — every day. In other words, I spent 30 hours in a given work week away from my friends, my loved ones, my personal projects, parkour, and everything else I would rather have spent that 30 hours on. My weekly commute was almost equivalent to the amount of time I was expected to be at the office — frustrating.
I decided to do the math. 168 hours in a week. An estimated 40 spent sleeping — leaves 128. A full–time job is about 40 — leaving 88 to spend on things we want/need to do. I was spending a third of un–obligated time going to and from work — and gaining nothing from the experience.
So, I moved.
As of this writing, I live two miles from the office and my girlfriend. It takes roughly 30 minutes to walk either distance. My rent is cheaper. I sold my car as most things I could want are within walking distance (for other things, I use Zip Car or do while out and about). I can’t get the 30 hours a week I spent for those few months back, but I’m not continuing to throw precious time at something unrewarding.
Attention iOS users for Time Journal 1.6. It is highly recommended that you remove Time Journal from your recently used apps list and relaunch before exporting (instruction from Apple): http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4211 & http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5137
We decided to consolidate support contact into one address. Please use the following:
Contact us: support [at] apps [dot] joshuabruce [dot] com
1. Randy Pausch, Time Management
2. The public rail system for the Washington D.C. metro area
* Screen shots are from iPhone, screens and some features may differ between platforms; however, we’re working on this