2009/06/12 Hamster Wheels

Ever wondered just how much time you are spending on things at work? Constantly forgetting what you are working on, finishing the week with no idea what you contributed? Certainly that is my experience. I have been looking for some tool which would quietly remind me to record what I was doing. I think I might just have found it. Hamster.

The hamster applet sits quietly on my gnome menubar, showing what I am working on and how long I have been at it. A quick click and I can change activity. Once you have your tasks recorded you can then categorise them. For example I am interested in how much of my time is spent on Development tasks and how much on Maintenance. Needless to say it produces pretty bar charts for review. Overall an interesting app.