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What TagTime tags do you use when you're not doing something specific?


(Branching from Tagging Time Spent )

I’m interested in knowing what system of tags people use for TagTime - share your tagsonomies here!

What level of generality do you use?

What are your categories, subcategories, most common tags?

In particular, I’m not sure how to tag things when I’m not working on a specific project or if I’m not doing anything in particular.

I seem to recall @dreev had some three-letter-based system that sounded interesting.


Inspired by @dreev I also went for a three-letter-based system. One argument in favor of it is having small buttons in the app all with a fixed size.
Generally I mix english and german tags, take the first letter of the word and then the starting letter of subsequent syllables or the last letter of the word:
an incomplete list:

ank -> Anki
azt (german Arzt) -> doctor’s appointment
bad (german Bad) -> Bathroom
bhn (german Bahn) -> train
bsp (german Besprechung) -> meeting
buy -> shopping
bwt -> body weight training
cde -> coding
cok -> cook
esn (german essen) -> eat
fml -> family (spending actively time with them)
hlp -> helping others
lrn -> learn
lsn (german lesen) -> reading

rtn -> routines (like getting dressed etc)
slp -> sleep
spt -> sport
wrk -> work (really work I have a different tag for spending time at the work place)

I probably should review them from time to time and remove tags which are used to little to provide significant insights.

I try to keep a predefined set of tags and not to introduce new tags on the fly. I never use the keyboard to type in the tags in the app but use the buttons to prevent typos and also force myself to use the predefined ones. On the desktop I use which provides autocompletion.
Additionally after merging the tags from the different devices I check all tags for typos and consistency using an automated script. Additionally I set simple rules (also provided with the original per TagTime implementation) like “body weight training is a kind of sport, so bwt -> spt” or “anki means learning, so ank -> lrn”.
When I do nothing in particular or nothing that I think it should be worth to track ( e.g. because it is just temporary and will not generate enough tags to provide enough evidence) I often provide no tag at all since it does not affect all the other time measurements.
If I have the impression I cannot tag a certain action on which I spent a significant portion of my time, I make a note to add a tag to my predefined set


How do you connect that desktop tagtime implementation to beeminder or synchronize it with mobile? Inquiring minds want to know :slight_smile:

  • I use the original perl tagtime implementation for syncing it to beeminder.
  • For the mobile tags, I sync the tagtime database (phone must be rooted) to the computer and read out the tags. That way I don’t have to manually export the tags to a file.
  • For merging I use some python scripts. (Github Repo). I’m open for suggestions to improve them.


I updated and expanded the scripts.
The following actions are possible now:

  • Import tags from android tagtime database
  • Merge Tags from different log files
  • Apply simple rules
  • Compare tags with controlled vocabulary to spot typos
  • Generate tables like, but with upper and lower bounds according to the Gamma distribution
  • Sync tags with beeminder