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How do you track the time you give to different projects? Do you use software to help you?
I found this article, 5 digital trackers that can help make you more productive, from Daily Worth, which highlights these packages:
Chronos (Mac, $6) "If you like your software bare-bones, Chronos is a nice option."
Nutcache (Web-based, free) "Its strength lies in the breadth of its timekeeping: It can track various employees across different projects, work sites and even languages (French, English and Spanish, with more to come). It can issue estimates, get them electronically approved by clients and later compare them against your final bills both individually and as a group."
OfficeTime ($47 for Windows/Mac, $7.99 for universal iPhone/iPad app) "this tracker offers pros lots of bells and whistles (including expense tracking and iPhone or iPad mobility) for its admittedly hefty price."
Paymo (Windows/Mac; free account available) "This cloud-based solution wraps project management and billing around time-tracking—and can go with you on your smartphone if you’ll be out of the office. "
RescueTime (Windows/Mac, free version available) "If you spend most of your work hours staring at a screen, this tried-and-proven program might be the one for you. It runs in the background on your computer, tracking what applications, websites or documents you’re using, and then provides daily breakdowns and trend reports (what day you tend to be most productive, for instance). "
And then I found another at this article on virtualworkteam.com: Harvest: "A straight forward and reliable time monitoring application. It offers you a comprehensive break-up of your time used and therefore enables you to bill in an precise manner." From the web site: "We offer a 15% discount for educational and non-profit institutions."
I'm going to try all the free ones myself
Have you used any of these? Or something else?
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Our agency uses Pangaea360 which (disclaimer) was developed in-house for project management/time tracking. You can track billable and unbillable hours by project or by employee, and then see an overview of where your time is being spent.
So, Jocelyn, what you mean is that your company uses a product that it developed to sell to others? Do you have any nonprofit users of your company's software?
I developed my own system using an Excel spreadsheet. Posted the template and instructions at http://blog.jasonsamuels.net/post/71360343693/time-study-tracking-template-excel-spreadsheet
I am working from home and I've been using Time Doctor (www.timedoctor.com/features.html) for 2 years now. The software runs on Windows, Mac and Linux environment. I’ve started using it since 2011 and it really helped me cut my unproductive time when I’m working at the computer. What I liked most with this software is it can take screenshots in a random manner (depends on how it was setup by the manager), sends daily/weekly reports which is good for the type of project I’m working on. Especially if you have disputes about your time, you can provide the screenshot(s) to your manager proving that you’ve been working for these period of time.
I have used Freshbooks for a few years, in my IT consulting business which sometimes involves work with other freelancers / subcontractors. Freshbooks is an Internet-based service and is useful if you work with a distributed team. It's quite simple to get people set up even if they are working with you on an ad-hoc basis and only need to track a few hours. As long as you have only one "admin" user, it is perepetually free. Its time tracking system allows you to define projects and have multiple people log time to these projects - you can then view per project, task or team member how much time was spent. You can also give access to the timesheets to people outside the organization. If relevant, Freshbooks also allows you to convert project time tracking into an invoice so you can bill another organization for the hours.
I should mention that in fact Freshbooks is a full accounting system, but I am using it mainly for the time tracking feature and it works well for me.
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