I’ve now kept daily logs of my activities for a month and a week, on a blog run on my laptop. It hasn’t been an effort to do it as a daily habit, logging activities, notions/ideas/brief thoughts, and state of mind. Early on I noted how it led more easily to spin-offs in the shape of blogposts or (local) wiki pages. There are other benefits as well. It helps me see what I did on days that feel like I’ve done nothing, usually by more readily showing the variety of small things I did do. In the past two weeks as I was extremely stressed out from writing two client reports, it also showed me what progress I actually did make in a day, as opposed to my mind only seeing the amount of work that still needed to be done. Finally it is now gradually allowing me to see and tweak how I take breaks, build in relaxation. That is something I easily ignore otherwise, spending too many hours in one sitting behind the screen.
Starting my day now has a clear and predictable marker: I open up my laptop, click the shortlink to a new blogpost in edit mode, hit two keyboard shortcuts (.dag for the title with date, and .dlist to populate the post with a basic list) and enter what time I started working and on what. After thirtyseven days I think this habit is a keeper.