Desktop: Time lords

Klok is a free time management program that is simple to operate.

February 5, 2009 12:13
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Where does the time go? Heavy question, that one is. I suppose only someone like Dr. Who would be able to give us a satisfactory answer, since he seems to have a knack for time travel ( But he's kind of hard to get hold of, gallivanting around the space/time continuum as he does. But for the rest of us mere mortals who aren't able to control time - the universe's, or our own - time has a nasty of habit of slipping away. It's only when much of it has passed, when the time you mentally allocated for a project arrives and you find you're way behind schedule, that you realize you have a problem. And this problem is a tough one to fix; it takes time to figure out how to manage your time, and by the time you do get on top of the time problem, more time has passed, meaning you have less time to work with. In response, many people try out one of the dozens of time management systems out there, whether based on software or a print calendar/diary (like Daytimers). These systems work for many people, but many more people find them complicated to use - not to mention expensive, with program subscriptions or planner diaries costing a pretty penny. Klok ( klok/index.htm) can help. Klok is a free time management program that is simple to operate - you let it run in the background while it silently times your projects. You can list as many projects as you want, either clicking to indicate when you're beginning or ending work on them, or scheduling them in blocs of time (as little as 15 minutes per session). You can even add subprojects to any top-level project, the better to keep your time on an even tighter leash. All the scheduling is done either by clicking or drop and drag, so there are no complicated keystrokes to memorize. And despite its simplicity, Klok can provide fancy looking reports displaying how you spent your time in pie chart form - giving you a clear look at how productive you really are. As a beta program, Klok is free (it uses the Adobe Air environment to install itself on your computer, so it's compatible with nearly all platforms). Download it now - while you still have the time.

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