For example, I know searching for papers related to my research frequently has me easily distracted by easily digestible but useless sites (duh!). But, if I can quantify how much, how long I was distracted and how much better I worked when I desisted, I might end up enhancing my productivity (and lose the ability to gather interesting tools forever! Hey, is this why youngsters who are a lot less disciplined at work end up changing the game altogether far more often than less-young-fogeys like me?). Of course, keeping track of all the focus and non-focus time itself is a distraction.
Maybe I could use this to improve all of my son's bad habits which drive me up the wall too - not packing his school bag, leaving his books all over the place and making me buy replacements, losing toys and sobbing his heart out, forgetting to take a bath etc... etc...
I am going to try and quantify surfing time during planned work. And get Gau to improve any one of the zillion things causing a meltdown in our evenings. I have to quantify one thing in terms of more time for Lego/ reading a new series.