From the beginning of your home renovation project you need to be tuned into the money you're spending on the mission. As I mentioned before (see Attention First-Timers) your budget and your schedule will drive your project. However, I'll be straight-up and say that I've never kept track of my time. For one thing, resurrecting one of my Pig's Ears is something I really enjoy and keeping a log of the time I put in hasn't ever felt right to me. On top of that, it's always seemed impractical. I can easily be bouncing between six or eight tasks before lunch; inside, out, under the house, or up on the roof. I'm waiting for things to set, dry, or cure and it's all mixed up with family and personal stuff. So... I don't maintain a record of my time, but the money is different and I keep track of every cent.