I'm a fast learner so I often become the go-to guy in the office (and out of it, but that's off topic), I love helping people and I learn much from seeing different perspectives, ideas (even bad ones) and solutions to problems the organization is facing.
Thing is, that my own work sometimes suffers from this.
I want to balance time spent on my own tasks and helping others, but to do that I need to track and see when and if I'm helping too much during the day.
I thought about getting a push counter and pushing it every time a person asks me for help and I oblige, or writing post it notes of who I helped and with what and count them at the end of the day.
The problem with both that they don't help me track time, and the post it option is messy.
Using a stopwatch app will probably alienate my coworkers, thinking I'm timing them.
I'm looking for something that will not take me too long to "activate" so it won't double the time spent on helping others, as most cases helping is a 5 minute process here and there.
Any other ideas how I should do this?