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Coriolanus Effect and Wakoopa Stats #productivity #timemanagement

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I first started writing about Wakoopa in 2009, when I wrote the article Time Spend, is Time Earned on using it for time management, it has mostly been running in the background to give me some statistics on the way I use my time behind my computer, and whether it is used effectively. Recently I started a new projects with new computers and again installed the Wakoopa Tracker to measure the effective use of my time. Naturally the Parato principle still holds, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Coriolanus effect: n. the act of going around in ever decreasing circles until one vanishes up one’s own backside.
Glaswegian expression

For Sunday it is possible to see the amount of time I spend creating a Christmas card, and I see that – split over Mac and Windows – I seem to be spending the productive 62% of my office time on development, documentation and mail. Again I can also immediately see correlations between any dips in time – such as Monday – and real events, in this case meetings. Furthermore the relatively short time spend on development on Monday can be seen to have a ripple effect that continues on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m sure that had the statistics been available for Thursday this line would continue.

Using my calendar I could get a similar graph, and although the details of how long I was “researching” a recent XKCD joke are still lots be lost, Wakoopa enables me to see the usage of my time slightly better and the collection is entirely passive.

Image source: Wakoopa

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Time Spend, is Time Earned #TimeManagement

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People are amazed when I say I can spend at least 40 hours a week behind a computer, outside of my regular 9-5 job. Now I have a nice little proof of that from ‘s usage page.

Software Usage On Wakoopa

Software Usage On Wakoopa

The blue is all Internet, the brown Utilities and the purple is Office. It’s funny to see the last 6 weeks reduced to a simple graph, yet it is quite accurate in the depiction of my time. Most of my work does consist of using Internet for research and Utilities such as for my development work. The Pareto principle holds for this graph too, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Application Usage On Wakoopa

Application Usage On Wakoopa

As I was writing this I had a look at the presentation I put online last week and I saw that this data could also be used to assure yourself that you are meeting your targets. However this is all after the fact, where as with most of the Time Management techniques it is important to be able to change your actions while you are in the flow.

In my experience, and that of many others, evaluating the Time Management Journal takes some time to master. And in all honesty that is not where most can be won. The Time Management Success Journal is the place where most can be won, it should produce a graph similar to the one above. Obviously this would be tailored to the specific categories that were chosen.

SO how are you getting

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 26, 2009 at 8:37 am

Merging Duplicate Contacts #mail #dedup #addressbook

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I’ve been struggling with removing/merging duplicate entries from my address book with a commercially available tool for some time. I could just write one, and I still might. Until then I’ll list the ones I’ve tried and

Plaxo doesn’t de-dup for free, and they have difficulty with an address book which has more than 10000 entries, even though a good part of them are duplicates. An ad

also doesn’t do it very well, I can download my address book and upload it again and have it add most of the enrties for a second time.

is much worse as a storage place, as it ignores all the users who I am not connected to on LinkedIn. And I have too many connections who have populated important fields, such as Name or Title with SEO data or mail addresses.

There are a number of simple commercial script which should do what I need, but I expect that it’s little better than the scripts I’ve written to do a contact merge.

Finally advised me to have a look at Apple‘s MobileMe, although yesterday I was getting the following message:

mobileme

So I guess I’ll have a look at it tomorrow.

Any other suggestions?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Wakoopa: Time Management Statistics

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I play with , it’s a little tool which tracks my usage for tools and websites. Sometimes it gets it very wrong, I don’t watch that much , but I do always have an IE window open with YouTube in it for if I need to find a film to illustrate a presentation.

Wakoopa Software Summary For Webhat

Wakoopa Software Summary For Webhat

    
YouTube YouTube

    
PuTTY PuTTY

    
Firefox Firefox

    
Gmail Gmail

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

February 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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