While you are creating Practice content at DataCamp, we expect that you track the time you spend. Tracking your time will provide you and DataCamp granular insights in the different steps of the process, and where optimization is needed. After all, aren't we all data scientists looking to make smart decisions driven by data?
At DataCamp, we use the free time tracking tool Toggl. There are a number of reasons why we like this tool, here are two of them:
- Super simple time tracking. Just push a button to start your timer - it’s that simple.
- Works everywhere. You can use Toggl on all your devices. The Toggl Button browser extension lets you track your time in 80+ online tools, including Asana and GitHub, two tools you will use extensively while creating Practice content at DataCamp.
Setting up Toggl
When you first get started with Toggl, you don't need to create an account upfront: your CL will invite you to the DataCamp workspace in Toggl. Once you accepted that invitation, your CL will add you to the project you will be working on.
Once you're connected, here's how to set up Toggl for success:
- install the Toggl Button Extension; here's the link for the Google Chrome Extension
- after installing the browser extension, Toggl will live in your browser's toolbar (which is typically located next to or near the navigation bar)
- in addition, you will find the Toggl button in each Asana task, and in GitHub
Each time you work for DataCamp – from on-boarding to content launch – click the Toggl icon and start recording. Don't forget to stop the Toggl timer when you finish your task!
Recording your time
With the Toggl Button Extension installed, you can start and stop tracking your time with one click from anywhere in your browser, or an Asana task. Here's how you do that:
As you learned in this video, you are expected to annotate each time entry with a project (this is, the Practice pool you are working on) and relevant tags. You should not create a project yourself, your CL will set up your project and invite you to it.
Keep on reading to learn what tags to use when annotating your time records.
You should not create tags yourself. Here's the list of tags available to you, with an indication when to use them:
- on-boarding- for all on-boarding related tasks; this is, everything you do before you get started on chapter 1
- outline- when you are taking the course, or working on the Chapter and Practice outline
- implementation- when you are working on exercises in the Teach editor
- testing- when you have finished creating all exercises and start testing them, also to be used when you go back to the Teach editor to improve your exercises based on the test conclusions
- check-in- when you are having your weekly check-in call with your CL
- chapter 1- when you are working on chapter 1 of the course; to be used in combination with one of the tags above (from outline to check-in)
- chapter 2- when you are working on chapter 2 of the course; to be used in combination with one of the tags above (from outline to check-in)
- chapter 3- when you are working on chapter 3 of the course; to be used in combination with one of the tags above (from outline to check-in)
- chapter 4- when you are working on chapter 4 of the course; to be used in combination with one of the tags above (from outline to check-in)
- chapter 5- when you are working on chapter 5 of the course; to be used in combination with one of the tags above (from outline to check-in)
In addition, you'll find the following tags, which will be used by your CL only: set-up, review, and launch.
Annotating records in retrospect
Did you forget to annotate your time? Don't worry, the Toggl app allows you to do this easily in retrospect via https://toggl.com/app/timer. Just go to the respective time entry and add your project and relevant tags. Here's how you do that:
Adding records in retrospect
Did you forget to record your time? Don't worry, the Toggl app allows you to do this easily in retrospect via https://toggl.com/app/timer. Here's how you do that:
Let's get started! And don't forget to track the time you spend reading this article with the on-boarding tag!