Bubble Timer

I’ve already mentioned Zen Habits here, which was one of my inspirations to start this blog. Something else I came across which spurred me to do this is Bubble Timer. Bubble Timer is a simple web application which lets you track your time in 15 minute increments. You set up activities you want to track and then fill in “bubbles” that represent 15 minutes spent. The app then tracks all that time which can be viewed in graphic displays or exported to a spreadsheet so you can see where your time is going.

Needless to say, my time spent on this blog is getting tracked with Bubble Timer, as are other activities I want to be sure to do, or not to do. Since you can set maximum, minimum or exact time goals for each activity, the Timer can be helpful in cutting down time spent on some activities as well as increasing or maintaining time spent on others.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Bubble Timer can’t make you spend time on important tasks and activities, but it can help you measure your time so you can act on better information. I haven’t perfectly set up my Bubble Timer yet and am still working (but not too much I hope) on fiddling with the tool so it can be most effective. Thankfully there’s an active forum (via getsatisfaction) where I can look to see how others are grappling with similar issues.


  1. Sean Johnson Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 4:16 am


    Thanks for the BubbleTimer mention! I’m glad it’s working out for you. I’m a true believer in the “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, “Slow and steady wins the race”, “Just keep putting one foot in front of the other”, “15 minutes at a time” model to achieving positive habits and great accomplishments. It’s why I built BubbleTimer.

    I read all the entries and there is something about this blog that I really like. I think it’s because of, and not despite of, its recursive nature. You have at least 1 subscriber now (me!) so don’t give up. Keep putting in that 15 minutes a day.

    1 suggestion if I may. Why so anonymous? I have no idea who you are!

    All my best, Sean

  2. Ben Chinn Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    Sean: Thanks for the encouragement and for your great work on BubbleTimer. I’m not trying to be anonymous – there’s my name and link to further info on me in the About page here but I think the link to that page was a little hidden at the top right of the page. I’ve put the link in the sidebar now so it’s easier to find.

  3. Sean Johnson Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 5:58 am


    Sorry I missed it. I would have seen it where it is now for sure. Good improvement.

    Thanks, Sean

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