Time is one of the most valuable commodities in our everyday lives. Managing how we use the twenty-four hours in our day effectively is key to living a productive lifestyle. Most people enjoy keeping track of how they spend their day, but do you really know where all the time has gone when you get into bed at the end of it? Experts recommend documenting your day as you go to track how long you focus on individual activities, an insightful practice that leaves you more effective and time conscious. But how do we do that without taking up more time? Journals? Post-It notes? All in our head? If you answered yes to any of those, or even recognize you do not track your time at all, you should try time management with ZEI. Fortunately, it may revolutionize how you manage your day.
Last night I stumbled across the ZEI on Kickstarter. The ZEI, by Timeular, is an eight-sided white device that makes time tracking an instant and fun practice. However, it keeps the importance of efficiency and productivity in mind at the same time.
How does it work?
ZEI connects to your computer via a wireless connection. You assign each face of the eight-sided polygon to an activity, be that emails, meetings, blogging, homework, studying, or reading. You can decide which side is what by writing on the ZEI in dry erase marker or by placing a sticky note or piece of tape on any side. Consequently, the possibilities for labeling the ZEI are endless.
Through accompanying software, the ZEI tracks time for the activity on the side facing up. If you flip the ZEI to another face, time tracking pauses for the previous activity and begins to track time for the new upward facing activity. With this, you can control time tracking down to the second. Additionally, you do not have to deal with the hassle of opening up applications or picking up that pen and notebook to record by hand. Time management with ZEI is unbelievably easy.
The software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The mobile version is available iOS and Android, meaning you can use the ZEI away from your computer. The free version generates time reports so you can clearly see how you have been allocating time during your day to track effectively. However, an upgrade to a Pro version is available to unlock even deeper statistics about your time use.
I really think the ZEI has the ability to revolutionize time tracking which will increase productivity and efficiency at home or in the workplace. Setup is easy and you save time while receiving accurate insights and analysis. This beats tracking time on your own by hand or even in your head, which is often time consuming in itself. Additionally, ZEI has a simple design and fits in the palm of your hand. This makes it the perfect addition to your desk without taking up too much space or becoming a hassle because of its size, even an eyesore for that matter. For these reasons, I really think I could improve my time management with ZEI sitting on my desk. Therefore I certainly want to give it a try for myself.
Do you want one?
The ZEI is currently available on Kickstarter for 69 euros here. A pledge of this amount includes a subscription to the Pro version of the software. However, other pledge amounts are available with various perks. The folks at Timeular set a goal of $84,000 for this project, which has now raise over $115,000 at the time of writing. Consequently, first ZEI’s are expected to ship in April, 2017.
What do you think of the ZEI? Do you track time now? Do you think ZEI would increase your productivity and efficiency at home or in the workplace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.