I have often thought it would be a good idea to keep track of the time I spend on various go activities. I think it would be fun if nothing else. For an artistic type I have always had an unusual interest in how numbers can describe my life, as much as I always hated math as an academic pursuit. I am sure it would be revealing of what I value about go. Yesterday I did a search for software for the Mac that would allow me to pursue this. I downloaded a trial of OfficeTime, which allows one to start a stopwatch to tally up the time you spend when you are involved in any task.
I started by creating a list of the activities that I would be most likely to engage in related to my go study. The list had thirteen items on it by the time I was finished generating it. I can add more items if necessary. I chose to designate these activities as projects, but I could have made them categories within one project called "go study". Using the project format will allow me to further define activities by category within project if I choose to do so at a later time.
My Project list includes the following:
- blogging about go
- reading Go Discussions
- reading go books
- playing pro games
- studying tsumego
- watching others play on KGS
- reviewing games of others on KGS
- editing my Yang lessons Next Move SGF Style
- preparing and giving lesson reviews
- playing on KGS
- having my games reviewed
- Guo Juan Group Lessons
- Yang Lessons
The graphic is a chart of my go activity for yesterday and shows that I engaged in four of the thirteen activities listed above. It also shows how much time was spent in each activity, and represents that time in a pie chart.
I can already see that I will need to add a category called "attended Go Workshop".
I should note that the chart is based on activity after I downloaded the software. Earlier in the day I played a game and had it reviewed by a stronger player. I can add those activities manually into the software if I desire, but I didn't bother. I have played one game per day now for seven days in a row.