Many people struggle with the constant distractions that are on the internet, and all around us... but in Grad school it can be especially hard with a culture of tweeting, Facebook, and tublring, it can be really hard to stay on task.
On top of all that, Even if you ARE being productive, when managing multiple tasks it can be easy to reach the end of the week and wonder "where did all my time go?!"
Klok is a multi-platform free time management tool that allows you to clock into and out of diffrent tasks in order to try to keep yourself productive and manage where the time was. I find the simple act of tracking my time on various tasks REALLY motivates me to stay on task. With Klok, you set up diffrent projects (and you can even break them up into sub-tasks) and clock in and out when you start or stop working on tasks. I also clock in and out when i take breaks for lunch, surfing the internet, or getting on facebook.
Klok offers a couple diffrent ways to view your productivity, including a week view which looks much like a calendar, it allows you to see when you had productive blocks of time and when you might have been getting distracted with breaks often. I also love looking at Klok's pie charts to see where my time went. The example below is the highest level of the pie, showing that I spent a substantial amount of time this week working on teaching related tasks, and some time working on research, taking breaks, or doing "life" stuff (running erronds, talking on the phone, etc..)
If you break your tasks into sub-tasks you can drill down into each catigory by clicking on it. For example, 5.5 hours sounds like a lot of "break" time! I can drill down and see that most of my breaks were either for lunch breaks, or nap breaks (I love to take a 15-20 min nap in the afternoon to keep me alert). I can feel good that i only spent half an hour wasting time on social media sites, but also spent 1.5 hours surfing the web.
A last word about Klok is that it integrates well with other tools! I don't use it, but I have a friend that loves using Asana to break up tasks. Klok can sync with Asana to show how much time you spend on diffrent tasks. Awesome!