Time tracking productivity boost

Yesterday, I listened to the newest episode of CGP Grey and Myke Hurley’s podcast Cortex. In this episode, they talked about Toggl, which is a fairly easy and efficient time tracker website/app. As of writing this, I haven’t yet familiarized myself with all its functions, but it has given me a possibly productivity boosting idea.

The next block, which starts in about three weeks is population medicine. This is a statistics heavy subject, which I’m guessing the best way to revise for is purely doing old exams, over and over, until calculating statistics and probability become second nature.

What I’m thinking is that this will be almost exclusively a numbers game, where the amount of time you put in will directly correlate with how well you do on the exam. Therefore, after the cell biology exam is over and done with, I’m setting up a time tracking system. What I’m hoping is that it’ll have that encouraging effect that CGP Grey mentioned in the episode (link here), and that it’ll give me an indication of what times I work best, and how long increments I should set my Pomodoro timers for.

I’m definitely going to update and share some of my numbers here on the blog, because I think it could be interesting to see when I’ve decided how I’m going to go about this, and how much of my work I’m going to track. Right now I’m thinking that I’m only going to track the hours spent studying population medicine, but perhaps the amount of time tracking will increase if I see enough of an advantageous effect.

To round things off, I thought I’d include some photos from yesterday’s lab, where we used agarose gel electrophoresis to separate DNA fragments by length.