"I tracked my time for a week last year after reading I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam, and I just started doing it again. You just download her spreadsheet (you need to sign up to her mailing list to get it, or just make your own) and write down how you spend each half hour of the day.
"It sounds a bit intense, but it's not supposed to be a long-term thing. It really helps me figure out how I actually spend my time – at work and outside of it – and how much free time I have, even though it doesn't always feel like it. Once you know how you're spending your time right now, you can start to see how you could change it to fit what you'd like to be doing. And although the idea isn't to make you work more efficiently, just knowing that I'm going to have to fill in the log definitely makes me think more carefully about how I spend my time." – Kelly Oakes
Or if you're not as organised as Kelly, Natalya recommends this app:
"The app Forest basically saved my dissertation! It costs 69p and you plant a digital tree. You set a timer and the tree grows during that time. If you close the app the tree dies and you have a tiny skeleton left that makes you feel awfully guilty.
"It just stops you from using your laptop unless you want to face dead-tree guilt. I always worked in the library so I would be too self-conscious to check social media other than on my phone, so it made me so productive. You just have to be a little strict with yourself and not cheat." – Natalya Lobanova