Somebody mentioned Baralga in this discussion.
Wikipedia has a very long list of time tracking software.
Which one(s) would you recommend? Any special features that could come handy in our line of work?
Yes, Baralga is quite a good software, but there might be better software available - I simply got used to it. One downside of Baralga is that it does not have a printing option. So whenever I want to print out a time-sheet for a client, I need to print a screenshot. What I like about Baralga is, for example, the way in which you can visualise your activities as a pie-chart.
Here are my recommendations of what to look out for when selecting your time-tracking software:
Here are some suggestions of accounts you might want to define:
These would be accounts which you might want to rededicate after the assignment is over:
When preparing for another assignment whilst I am travelling, I split the time between travelling and preparation.
All the best and have fun tracking your time!
I've tried dozens of products over the years and have recently found was I was looking for with Toggl
answered 25 Feb '13, 09:01
Vincent Buck ♦♦
I'm using TimeEdition. It was free and it's rather basic. My main complaint at the moment is that I can't sync laptop and desktop (I think I could export all the data from one to the other, wipe the first clean and start again, but it's hardly elegant). It offers a breakdown of client/project/task which seems useful but I'd love a pie chart like Baralga has (see above).
Another slightly annoying feature is that it thinks in a 24h clock but only shows you a 12h clock. So if you enter 9-11 you won't know it was 9am or pm until you try to enter something for 9pm the same day and it tells you that slot has already been recorded.
It's worth trying, but I hardly say you'd better drop everything and move over to TimeEdition because you're missing out.
I love DueTime, it is an iPhone App (costs nothing or very little). You define "projects" (i.e. your clients or assignments), and tasks (the tasks that Almute listed, for example). What is great about DueTime is that analyses are possible right in the tool itself, it is not necessary to export to xls for example to filter out: - how many hours total worked in a day, in a week or a month. - how many hours worked for one specific client/project - how many hours worked per task (i.e. translating, proof-reading, etc, whatever task you defined)
Also, because I have defined my overhead time as a "project", I can filter out billable vs. overhead time. This means, whenever I time tasks such as "office work, accounting, marketing, association work", the project I click is "overhead". I can then define a filter for "overhead", and it will give me all the overhead hours in a day, a week or a month. DueTime works according to the basic principle that you clock in and clock out of your project with a push of a button. But of course it also allows retrospective manual entries or editing.
When I ask people why they do not do timetracking they tell me they feel it is time-consuming (or a waste of time). I can tell you that those who are actually doing it have never said that.
If I have a day of multitasking I tend to not clock in and clock out. I just roughly extrapolate at the end of the day: ok 2 hours marketing/overhead, 1 hour translating/customer x, 2 hours tax return/overhead. In due time, making these entries for a whole t day in retrospec takes no more than 3 minutes.
answered 01 Mar '13, 08:25