An Incredibly Simple Time Logger
InSTiL is a simple command-line utility which you can use to log time. It makes it easy to track how much time you spend on each of your several projects.
- Requires Python 2.7+
- Requires the "parsedatetime" package.
- Simply put the entire "instil" folder somewhere in your PYTHONPATH.
- You may also want to alias the command "instil" to "python instil".
Tasks in InSTiL are categorized hierarchically. For example, you might have a broad category of tasks called "homework" and subcategories for "calculus," "physics," "chemistry," etc. These subcategories may even have their own subcategories.
To identify a task in InSTiL, you assign it a path. A path is simply a string of categories, ordered from least-specific to most-specific, which identifies the task as uniquely as you would like.
An example path to identify a specific task would be:
homework chemistry lab.report
This would logically refer to a task "lab.report" in the category "chemistry," which is a subcategory of "homework."
To log time spent on a task, you must notify InStil when you are starting your work and when you are stopping it.
To start a task:
instil start <path ...>
instil start homework chemistry lab.report
Then, to stop and log the time:
If you have accidentally started a task that you do not want to log, use this command:
Note that you do not need to specify the task you are stopping or canceling. It is assumed that only one task can be active at a time, so there is no ambiguity.
If you start a new task, it will automatically stop the previous task if one was active.
If you have already started or stopped a task but forgot to notify InSTiL, you can specify a time or offset when you invoke InSTiL:
instil start <path ...> --at "3:19 PM" instil stop --at "5 minutes ago"
You can check if any task is active by simply invoking instil without any arguments.
To display a summary logged time, you invoke InSTiL with a parameter corresponding to the amount of time you want to summarize:
instil show -t # show time logged today instil show -y # show time logged yesterday instil show -w # show time logged this week instil show -l # show time logged last week instil show -m # show time logged this month instil show -L # show time logged last month
You can combine as many of these parameters as you want to display multiple subsets of data at once. You can also specify the '-d' parameter to show a detailed view. The detailed view will list the time intervals spent on each task, for each day in the requested view.
InSTiL keeps its data file in ~/.instil/. The directory will be created if it does not exist. If you want to delete your logged time, delete this directory.