Sacha pointed me to this video by Mr. Swathe on logging the time spent on various tasks by clocking in and out with Org mode. The video is pretty elementary but it showed me enough to get going. I've tried to use clocking before but couldn't get it to work. That's because when I first started using Org, I didn't know about the first rule for using Org and copied someone else's configuration. Once I stripped out all that configuration from my
init.el, it worked fine for me.
I don't really have a need to track projects but readers who have been around for a while know I love to keep records so I decided to track how long it takes me to write each blog post. Most of you, I'm sure, have better applications and clocking really makes tracking your time easy. Watch the video and take a look at the manual to get going.