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While technology can facilitate project management, many heavy-weight tools just add to the burden. A saturation of features and complex interface can disengage employees entirely. So choose simplicity: here’s our pick of the best simple project management tools out there – no training necessary.

Dealing with work demotivation

16 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Forget about January blues – work demotivation is a perennial issue. But while it’s completely natural, it sure isn’t enjoyable. To help employees and colleagues make quick work of their blues and return to a warmer palette, here’s everything you need to know about dealing with work demotivation.

The 7 rules of productivity

15 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to become more productive – but how do you do it and how long will it take? Once you realize that there is no single version of “productivity”, things actually get a bit easier; you just need to grasp the main principles. Master these golden rules of productivity to get there faster.

Break habits, form new ones: the neuroscientific approach

14 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As creatures of habit, our daily lives often pass unconsciously according to past encoded behaviors. Once set, these habits are notoriously hard to shake, even if they’ve outlived their usefulness. Here’s how to hack your neuroscientific code to break habits and form new ones, time and again.

The best team building activities for remote teams

10 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Team collaboration depends on meaningful interaction. But how can you bond with your colleagues if never actually meet in person? Here are our favourite remote team building activities – for breaking the ice, starting new conversations, or simply enjoying quality time with your virtual team.

How to set realistic goals

09 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

We all want to keep achieving and become the best version of ourselves. But while it’s great to have goals, finding the balance between healthy self-improvement and idealistic self-expectation can be tricky. Here are six things you need to know to set realistic goals which actually represent progress.

Are you a compassionate leader?

08 January, 2019 • 2 minutes to read

Teams are social units like any other; they depend on basic principles of trust, respect and compassion. But it is this latter quality – compassion – that often goes overlooked in company culture. Here’s how compassion impacts team effectiveness, and why every leader should make it a priority.

4 golden rules to managing client expectations

07 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Client expectations are notoriously unruly. It can be hard to find the balance between going the extra mile to appease clients and being taken advantage of – but luckily there are some things you can do to manage expectations from the start. Here are 4 golden rules to managing client expectations.

The biggest problem with AI is man-made

04 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

As AI adoption grows apace, so too does AI fearmongering. But beyond all unsettling theories surrounding the powerful and unpredictable technology, the biggest issue with AI is one we’ve created ourselves. We take an in-depth look at AI’s biggest challenge for the future: overcoming human bias.

Five ways to streamline your small business

03 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to small business operations, efficiency and effectiveness are key. Fortunately, with the help of a few tools and methods, you can simplify everyday processes and free up time to focus on just doing your job. Streamline your small business with these five essential approaches.

Time tracking for remote teams

02 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking provides remote teams with essential structure, visibility and transparency. But that doesn’t stop it from feeling wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours for all your remote employees.

How to build a design portfolio without working for free

28 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

You don’t have to work for free to break into the design industry. It’s a staggering misconception that discredits your skills and undermines the value of design work. You don’t need to get noticed by selling yourself short. Here’s how to build a design portfolio without working for free.

Eight types of bias in decision making

27 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

We like to think we’re open-minded and impartial, but a ton of different biases are constantly distorting our thinking. To protect workplace diversity and make the best choice in any situation, we need to control them. Here are 8 common biases affecting your decision making and how to master them.

Time tracking for marketers

20 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

Whether you work in an agency, in a small team or for yourself, time tracking is a necessary evil for every marketer. But it isn’t going away any time soon. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first automatic time tracking app for marketers that can track all your hours for you while you work.

How to get clients to give you more creative work

19 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Too many agencies fall into the production house trap, churning out the same flat template again and again. It drives away creatives and ages your clients. But how do you stop it? We explore different strategies to overcome creative conservatism and get your clients to give you more creative work.

Four work tools that have outlived their value

17 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In an age of overwhelming innovation, technology is quickly superseded and forgotten – and our work tools are no different. But some inefficient work technologies just won’t seem to leave us alone. Here are four still-existent work tools that have outlived their value that we think will go next.

What tools do you need to set up a remote team?

13 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

Remote working has never been more popular, but as a very young working structure, it’s not without its teething problems. As a company whose workforce is 50% remote and 50% in-house, we think we might have just cracked the code. Here are the eight essential tools you need to set up a remote team.

Why time tracking is important for every business

12 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In business, time is the key to competitive advantage, and the only way to know how to use it better is to track it accurately. But it’s not just a measurement of profitability; it’s a means of essential self-discovery. Regardless of trade, here’s why time tracking is important for every business.

Do you have small task addiction?

11 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Crossing jobs off your list feels great, but it’s actually wonderfully unproductive. Our inbuilt preference for little tasks provides a huge sense of progress with very little substance. Here’s all you need to know about small task addiction – and why meaningful achievement always beats easy reward.

The downsides of remote working

10 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Tell people you work remotely and chances are they’ll assume you’re a ‘digital nomad’, working wherever and whenever you want. It’s tired, it’s boring, it’s misrepresentative and we need to start admitting that there are some serious downsides to working remotely. Here are six of the biggest.

How to motivate your creative department

06 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

With high competition, talent shortages, and pressure to deliver work to rigid deadlines, agencies can be punishing places for creatives to work. And in the race to deliver, managers often block creativity. So how can you motivate your creative department to really get the best out of them?

The unglamorous side of freelancing

05 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

As a work model and lifestyle, freelancing is massively misunderstood. People have wild ideas of limitless flexibility and independence, and don’t discover the downsides until they’ve taken the leap. So, we’ve made a big list detailing the unglamorous side of freelancing everyone should know about.

Dealing with bad clients

04 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Whether you’re freelance or agency-based, at some point you’ll run into a bad client. From endless demands to creative conservatism, some client relationships seem unsalvageable. But how do you respond to them? We’ve broken down three common examples and solutions for dealing with bad clients.

How to manage remote workers

03 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While many companies grasp the benefits of hiring remote workers, few consider the infrastructure they’ll need to actually sustain them. From measuring employee progress to building team relationships within a virtual space, here are our tried-and-tested pointers on how to manage remote workers.

7 time saving apps for busy professionals

28 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Do you ever feel like your day just evaporates? While technology is usually a large part of the problem, it can also provide the solution. From virtual assistants to automatic timesheets to self-policing activity trackers, here are seven of the best time saving apps for busy professionals.

Employee time tracking doesn't have to be creepy

27 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Employee time tracking sounds creepy, but it shouldn’t be. Instead of policing people, time tracking can offer employees huge opportunity for autonomy and self-management. It’s just about choosing a time tracking tool based on trust, and showing employees exactly how it serves their interests.

The best productivity tools of 2019

26 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Want to become more productive? You don’t have to struggle alone. From measuring productivity and setting realistic goals, to removing obstacles and showing us where to improve, technology has our back. To help you cut through the noise, here are some of the best productivity apps available in 2019.

How to work abroad as a digital nomad

22 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Waking up in paradise is no longer a dream – at least 4.8 million Americans have made continuous travel possible through working remotely. But how exactly do you work abroad as a digital nomad? We put the question to expat freelancers and remote workers for their expert tips on getting started.

Should designers ever work for free?

21 November, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

Free design work is by no means a new concept – it’s been kicking around the creative industry for decades. But why hasn’t it gone away? Why do designers still wrestle with entitlement to their labour? What is the real value of free design work? And should designers ever work for free?

What is time blocking and does it work?

19 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time blocking could be the answer to your productivity problems. In our hyper-connected era, more people are using it to fend off routine distraction and focus productive energy. So it’s no accident that some of the busiest people on Earth – like Bill Gates and Elon Musk – use it to get work done.

The sustainable way to increase work engagement

15 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

There is no one single way to miraculously boost work engagement – but there are a whole host of things you can do in combination which support and inspire your team. From communicating and listening, to prioritizing employee wellbeing, here are four of the best ways to increase work engagement.

Can workplace competition ever be healthy?

14 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Increased motivation and productivity: just two positives from healthy workplace competition. But what does “healthy competition” even look like? Before trying it out with your team, it’s worth stopping to consider whether competition is actually ever a healthy choice in a collaborative environment.

Why we lose work motivation

13 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

We all experience a work slump at some point; it’s completely normal and natural. But that doesn’t stop it being utterly miserable. So how can we protect against it? How do we reignite our passion? How do we know when to call it a day? By working out why we lose work motivation in the first place.

Time tracking for architects

12 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is an essential practice for every architect, but few actually have the spare time and cognitive energy to do it accurately. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects while you work.

Why collaboration fails

09 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Effective collaboration is easier said than done. While we all have an innate need to connect with our colleagues, a ton of obstacles stop us from doing so. And investing in collaboration tools alone is not enough to solve the problem. So why does collaboration fail? And how can we protect against it?

7 questions to ask when buying a time tracker

08 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

When time tracking isn’t fun to start with, finding a time tracking tool can be painfully boring. But the research process doesn’t have to drag on for weeks and destroy you. Use these seven focused questions to help cut through the marketing noise and single out the right time tracking tool for you.

How to make dead time useful

07 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Want to work smarter, not harder? Start by making use of your dead time: all the minutes in your day suspended by commuting and dependencies. We explore how to identify your dead time – including unconscious behaviors that might be holding you back – and actually make use of it.

How to write a really good press release

05 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

You’ve got a big piece of news, but how do you get the media to pick it up? While contacts help, you need a solid press release. Journalists receive hundreds of them every day, so yours needs to stand out and be compelling. Here’s how to write a really good press release that sells every time.

The best places to work remotely

02 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Flexibility is the beauty of remote working - when you’re sick of your home office, you can just pack up and work from somewhere else. But there’s an art to finding the right remote workspace. To help you find yours, here are the best places to work remotely according to the Timely team.

How do you unconsciously waste time?

01 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Nearly all of us waste time each day without realizing it. Tons of unconscious behaviours and work structures keep us busy without actually producing meaningful work. So how can we become more aware of how we use it and how we unconsciously waste it? How can we become more intentional with our time?

5 essential productivity hacks for new remote workers

31 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Adjusting to remote working isn’t as easy as you think. From an ordered office 9-5 routine, you now have to set your own structure and become your own boss – and it takes serious effort. To hit the ground running, here are the 5 essential productivity hacks you need to make remote work a success.

How to write a company boilerplate

30 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

A boilerplate is the most important piece of your company will ever write, read by journalists, investors, and clients alike. But as the most enduring statement of your existence, you’d better get it right first time. Here’s how to write a company boilerplate that continues to pop as you grow.

Quantifying productivity

29 October, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

We all want to be more productive, but where do we start? How can we measure productivity to get more from our performance? If every business is different, what does productivity even mean? This detailed guide helps you comprehensively quantify and measure your personal version of productivity.

The best iPhone apps for mobile work

25 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While more of us increasingly work remotely or offsite, mobile work isn’t always plain sailing; unreliable Wi-Fi, heavy design and slow load times can kill efficiency. Thankfully, there a ton of brilliant native iPhone apps that keep it simple. Here are six of the essential business apps for iPhone.

16 ways to keep your daily work routine healthy

24 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While our daily routines provide essential structure and predictability, they should never be entirely fixed. We need to constantly revise them to ensure we stay open to change, new ideas and different perspectives. Here are 16 ways to keep your daily work routine healthy, productive and rewarding.

What you can learn from time tracking

23 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Time tracking is not just about getting paid. It’s essential for anyone looking to improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability. Since few people grasp the sheer amount of self-knowledge you can glean from it, here are the most useful things everyone can learn from time tracking.

From "data-driven" to "data-enabled"

22 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

“Data-driven” is dead. We know data is important, we’ve got the tools to track it - our problem isn’t collecting data, it’s knowing what to do with it. This article moves beyond the empty idea of being “data-driven” to explore the latest challenge for ambitious business: being data-enabled.

Remote work skills everyone should have

19 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Remote work is still seen as an experimental work model, even though most professionals do some “virtual work” every day without realizing it. From increased productivity to improved employee wellbeing, there’s a lot we can all learn from the remote work skillset to become better collaborators.

Good resource management keeps things simple

18 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Resource management can make or break projects. While using your resources to maximum effect can seem like an impossible task, it’s well within every project manager’s grasp. The trick to good resource management is to keep things simple – following a few key principles and choosing intuitive tools.

Time tracking for small businesses

16 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While making good use of time is crucial to staying profitable, for small businesses it’s a basic matter of survival. So, you shouldn’t have to waste any time understanding where it goes. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first fully automatic time tracking tool for small businesses.

The importance of project control in project management

15 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Project control is an essential part of project management, crucial to every stage of a project’s lifecycle. To help you repeatedly deliver successful, valuable projects, we break down exactly what it is, how it fits into project management and the project control tools that keep it simple.

Hire for diversity

12 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As businesses, we are uniquely positioned to challenge the deep-rooted trends that determine who has access to opportunity – and true workplace diversity only serves to strengthen our productive and creative output. Here’s how to hire for diversity without making the whole thing two-dimensional.

44 everyday time management tips

10 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As the one finite resource we all share, we could all be a bit more careful with our time. But for those of us really looking to get more out of time, we first need to master it. Here are 44 simple time management tips to help you towards a more productive, enjoyable and meaningful everyday.

How to prioritize and get work done

09 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Sad truth: most of us suck at getting work done – we let small tasks and last-minute requests steal time from our most important tasks. And it’s largely due to our obsession with deadlines over value. Here’s how to prioritize to make sure you focus on what’s most important, not just most pressing.

Inside our curious love affair with AI

05 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Our relationship with AI has always been complex; we love it, we fear it, we’re fascinated, but we know nothing about it. As AI quickly moves from science-fiction to science-fact, we explore how the move towards “everyday AI” is redefining our response to the technology, in spite of new unknowns.

How to know if freelancing is for you

03 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Hype aside, packing up your 9–5 job to start freelancing can be downright scary. And if you’ve never actually done it before, how do you know if freelancing is right for you? Before you dive in feet first, make sure you know where you stand against these essential freelancer traits.

Six of the best Android apps for business

01 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Mobile work is becoming increasingly normalized with every new tech development. And the sheer amount of it we can do from our phones is insane. From capitalizing on travel time to moving projects forward, here are the six of the best Android apps for business you should keep in your pocket.

How to avoid post-vacation stress

27 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Many of us don’t take all our vacation entitlement for fear of returning to a mountain of work. While returning to work after a vacation will always be unpleasant, it shouldn’t make you anxious or interrupt your quality time away. Try this winning strategy to avoid the worst of post-vacation stress.

What every business should know about itself

27 September, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, self-knowledge is everything; you can’t function or grow without it. Going beyond the obvious information – like knowing your cash flow situation and target market – this list shines a light on the less overt, but equally important factors that every business should know about itself.

The biggest challenges freelancers face

26 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While being your own boss can sound like a dream, freelancing comes with a unique set of new challenges. They can be terrifying to navigate and as a freelancer you’re pretty much alone in solving them! We break down the biggest freelance problems we’ve encountered and how to go about fixing them.

Work burnout: causes and cures

24 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Work burnout happens to the best of us and it isn’t just down to working too much. While stress and long hours do add up, work burnout is often the sum of more subtle factors. Keep these serial causes of work burnout – and their cures – in mind to protect you and your team from its worst effects.

Task trackers: what they are, why you need one

21 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to performance, every detail matters. Task tracking can provide you with a ton of practically useful insights to help improve essential project management and profitability. While there’s no one hack for mastering your workflow, task trackers are pretty much the next best thing.

How learning can help you manage work stress

20 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Stressed at work? The best stress management technique is probably one you’ve never considered. No massage chairs, no therapy dogs needed. See why a little regular self-attention in the form of learning has been scientifically proven to reduce work stress and build personal resilience.

How to procrastinate constructively

12 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Procrastination is often seen as a vice we all need to cure. But some of the most successful people in the world have been procrastinators. There’s a lot to be said for this completely healthy and useful part of our natural creative process. Here’s how constructive procrastination helps us win big.

Why you need a mobile time clock in your life

10 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When you only use a desktop time tracker, you only track part of your work. As work increasingly moves across devices and outside the office, we need to rethink how we capture all our billable hours. It starts with asking more of our tracking tools – and mobile time clocks might just be the answer.

Five ways to improve employee motivation

06 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Motivation is a staple feature of every successful workforce. But it’s also one of the hardest to maintain. While no singular approach works consistently, every company can improve employee motivation and performance by prioritizing a few things – from employee autonomy to recognition and respect.

The 6 advantages of hiring remote workers

04 September, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

More employees than ever before are now working remotely. But while the attraction is obvious for employees, many companies still aren’t convinced. At Timely, we’re huge remote work fans. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, consider the top six advantages of hiring remote workers we’ve found.

The emotional cost of productivity

31 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected, progress-obsessed world, it’s hard not to ask more of our own performance. But while some level of challenge is good, we need to recognize the emotional cost of productivity. Using Elon Musk as an example, we explore why success is as much about attitude as hard work.

Is your team workload management fair?

29 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Maintaining a fair team workload is no mean feat – but failing to do so can absolutely kill team productivity and morale. This practical guide breaks down how to approach team workload management and the team management tools that help you support and enable a vibrant team of motivated specialists.

Admin costs us tons in lost work productivity

28 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While we all have a hunch that admin hold holds us back, the degree to which tasks like accounting, expensing and time tracking limit our work productivity is staggering. With excessive bureaucratic processes swallowing up to 25% of a company’s productive power, it’s time to take back control.

Time tracking for agencies

24 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Agency time tracking is boring, unnatural and wildly unproductive, but without it nobody can get paid. As much as we hate time tracking, it isn’t going anywhere. It’s exactly why we built Timely – the first automatic time tracking app to track and log hours for all your employees while they work.

The pillars of a thriving agency culture

23 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Agency culture can be hard to define. Ask ten people what it means and you’ll get ten different answers. But getting it right is essential for long-term success. It makes the difference between progression and regression, engagement and disillusionment. So what makes a thriving agency culture?

How to make "remote" work

22 August, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

While the idea of remote work is not new, going “remote” is now easier than ever. But not every story ends in success. This guide – informed by Timely remote workers’ 17 cumulative years of experience – explores what remote workers and managers can practically do to make “remote” work for everyone.

How to respond to negative feedback

21 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While it’s normal to feel upset or defensive when receiving negative feedback, these responses are almost never helpful. Making mistakes is a necessary part of our development, so we need to be able to respond to negative feedback constructively. Here’s exactly how to go about it without burning bridges.

4 ways to maximize team collaboration

20 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, your people will always be your biggest asset. But effective teams require more than just smart hires. In a changing landscape of flexible working, in-house consultancy and remote lifestyles, we explore how businesses can rise to new teamwork challenges and maximize team collaboration.

How to become successful as a freelancer

17 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

For many, quitting your job to be your own boss as a freelancer is the dream. But for many aspiring freelancers, it’s often too good to be true. We explore what it takes to become successful as a freelancer, sharing practical steps to secure repeat, high-quality and well-paid freelance work.

Essential software for every small business

14 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Starting any business is daunting, but for small businesses it’s even harder. Luckily, the software market is saturated with tools to help; the hard part is choosing them well. We’ve put together our choice of small business software – managing everything from communications and projects to taxes.

Should you bill for client communication?

10 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Client communication is an essential but almost invisible task. Few of us track the time we spend on client emails, calls and meetings; fewer consider it to be billable. But communication is just as valuable as any other time-based service you provide. Here’s why and how you should charge for it.

The dangerous power of habit

09 August, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

When it comes to change, humans have a funny way of stalling their own progress. A lot of us regularly rely on hard-wired habit to make decisions, even though it's highly irrational and limiting. We explore exactly why overcoming habit is essential for enabling personal growth and long-term happiness.

Is remote work healthy?

07 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Fitter, happier, more productive – is remote work too good to be true? As a company with a 40% remote workforce, we know remote work isn’t for everyone. This article breaks down the impact remote work has on mental and emotional health, to help you decide if it’s the healthy choice for you.

Technological innovation is a healthy and wholly expected part of running a business. But your new technology is completely pointless until people actually adopt it. We look at some of the main reasons people resist technological change and explore strategies to encourage rapid technology adoption.

How to only run effective meetings

25 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

People love to hate on meetings, but it’s for good reason – unproductive meetings cost the US economy alone $25 million a day. Yet meetings are still essential vehicles for cross-company collaboration. We explore six different ways to lead more effective meetings and control your hidden internal costs.

The anxiety trade-off: should you work on vacation?

24 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected world, working on vacation has become a very real option for a lot of people. But even if you can now work from anywhere, should you? We explore the psychological factors driving people to work on vacation and how to find out if you’re actually ready to take the plunge.

Attracting only the “right” candidates is a sure-fire way to make recruiting more bearable. Having just hired 10 such people to the Timely team, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to do it. Here are our top pointers on writing job adverts that really pop.

Time tracking for consultants

20 July, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Timely is an automatic time tracking app designed with the active consultant lifestyle in mind. We caught up with a few who already use the tool to see how they use it to bill honestly across clients, create profitable estimates and improve their own efficiency.

No one wants to work on vacation, but for some it’s unavoidable. Yet vacations exist for a reason: you *need* a break. To keep the balance between work and play just right, we’ve put together a working vacation checklist for staying healthy, productive and happy.

Office fitness challenges help teams strengthen relationships and focus on personal wellbeing. But how do you get people to actually commit to them? Technology may well be the answer! Here are the best office fitness challenge apps we’ve found for simple, memorable competitions.

Time tracking for teams

11 July, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time tracking provides teams with essential work transparency. We designed Timely as a tool employees can actually trust, to help everyone in your team become the master of their own performance. By tracking all your team’s time automatically, everyone can just get back to what’s actually important.

How to write a cover letter that actually sells

09 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Cover letters can make or break your application. They are your one opportunity to speak directly to employers on a personal level. But to get noticed, you have to sell yourself right. This visual guide breaks down how to write and structure cover letters that employers actually enjoy reading.

Should developers track their time?

05 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When you work in irregular flows, is there any point in tracking time? While it’s hard for developers to value their work in time increments, time tracking can still massively improve their self-management and productivity. We explore the benefits and best software for developer time tracking.

How to estimate projects accurately with certainty

03 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Poor project planning is dangerous and can cost far more than your profit margin. But you don’t need to invest in heavy project management tools to improve project estimation. We break down the only project planning technique you need to master to consistently scope and deliver profitable projects.

AI productivity apps for every professional

25 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

AI is becoming an increasingly normal feature of the workplace, with thousands of professionals integrating AI apps into their workflows to automate and simplify tasks. We explore how AI increases workplace productivity and the essential AI apps every professional should have.  

A change of plan can increase employee engagement

21 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Research shows that creating a simple daily plan can increase employee engagement – but choosing the wrong type of plan can actually harm it. We explore time management planning and contingency planning to discuss exactly how employees can make the right plan to stay engaged and in control.

Legal software is often treated as an immovable piece of furniture. But without regularly scrutinizing essential technology, attorneys run the risk of selling an unfair and inefficient service. We break down the basics of automatic time and billing software to discuss how this new technology is set to radically change the way legal firms operate and trade.

Pricing your work shouldn’t involve a standoff between flat rates and fixed fees. Fair and sustainable contract-based business depends on a combination, and you need to be ready to quote for both. We’ve broken down how to choose the most profitable rate for your work, including examples of when to use flat rates and hourly fees.

Simplicity is the beauty of the fixed rate. But while you don't need to record every second of your working life to get paid, it still makes supreme sense to do so. We explore why time tracking is essential for running a fair and sustainable flat rate business, and how you can go about it with minimal effort.

The best project trackers are automatic

11 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Forget about spreadsheets – all the activity and time you spend on your projects can now be tracked automatically while you work. There’s no more need to log project time manually or cross-reference multiple documents: capture, review and manage projects performance from one place.

The power of project time tracking

01 June, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

As an essential lightweight project management tool, you’re going to want to get a project time tracker set up. Project time tracking helps improve every aspect of project performance – from estimation and management, through to accurate reporting and invoicing. See how to do it without wasting any of your own time.

Time tracking for developers

18 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Despite working in highly irregular creative flows, developers can get a ton out of time tracking. See why Timely is the time tracking app of choice for developers looking to continuously improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability – whether freelance, remote or agency-based.

Give constructive feedback in 4 steps

15 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Feedback is just a misunderstood term for communicating effectively. It’s in everyone’s power and interest to give feedback; we just need to get a whole lot better at how, why and when we dish it out. Here’s how reclaim the F-word and start giving constructive feedback in 4 simple steps.

The best employee time clock isn’t a time clock

10 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Every company can benefit from employee time tracking. But as our tools turn digital, manual time clocks aren’t up to the job. We explore how time clocks work against employers, how modern time clock apps repeat their mistakes, and how automatic time tracking apps solve the problem.

Team building activities for total strangers

06 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team building activities aren’t about forcing strangers to have weirdly structured “fun” together. And they don’t have to be eye-wateringly awful. Take a look at our top tried-and-tested team building activities, and how to go about choosing activities that truly include and motivate everyone.

The essential company meetup checklist

04 May, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Company meetups are a great idea for every business, but for companies with remote teams they're essential. Here at Timely, 50% of our workforce is remote and, having just held another roaring international gathering, we’ve think we've cracked the formula to the perfect meetup. Take a look at our essential checklist (and save a copy of our handy infographic) to help plan your own cracking company meetup.

Your time could be tracking itself

03 May, 2018 • 1 minutes to read

Time tracking is a necessary evil for every company. But as more of our work turns digital, we can't rely on analogue tools alone to accurately capture our essential business records. A cheaper, efficient alternative to manual time tracking does exist – and it could mean never creating another timesheet again.

The concept of “tracking” is scary, but in the workplace, it's essential for improving employee productivity. We explore the careful decisions managers and developers need to make in order to avoid supporting tracking tools that beat the very people they were designed to serve.

Remote employee time tracking isn't just for managers

24 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

As the popularity of remote working rises, so does the need for effective work tracking tools. But despite the slew of invasive software out there, remote employee tracking doesn’t have to be creepy – it simply requires light-touch collaborative time tracking.

KPIs for measuring employee performance

18 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Measuring employee performance is an essential part of assessing your business’ financial health. Since your people are your biggest asset, you need to ensure your investment in them is actually paying off. We’ve put together some of the best universal KPIs businesses can use to quickly check high-level employee productivity and effectiveness.

How to work productively at a coffee shop

18 April, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Studies suggest working from a café can boost our productivity. But with all the noise, bustle and abundance of caffeine, it's not always easy. We've condensed the art form of productive coffee shop working into a compact guide, to help you get the most from flexible working.

Time tracking for freelancers

16 April, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

You can’t run your freelance business (let alone invoice for work) without an accurate running account of everything you get up to. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking app to automatically capture all your freelance hours.

A freelancer’s guide to managing multiple projects

11 April, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Freelancers, look no further. If you’re taking on more clients and wondering how to keep all your projects on-track, take a peek at this handy guide. We lay down the key project components you need to keep in order, as well as the tools which make managing multiple projects second nature.

What makes useful automation?

11 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automation has become a tech buzzword. Tons of companies build automated features into their apps without delivering real substance. To cut through the noise, we’ve put together a few thoughts on what valuable automation actually looks like, from increasing efficiency to protecting your own sanity.

The workplace presence problem

29 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

We need to talk about workplace presence – specifically, our weird socialized need to be “visible” and immediately available at work. We call it the presence problem.

How to motivate employees to track time

27 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Since time tracking began, managers have been hounding employees to log their hours. It’s a problem many companies still haven’t cracked, but we think we have: the best way to motivate employees to track time is to remove the dreaded burden entirely.

The top 10 benefits of time tracking apps

23 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

We’ve been using time clocks and timers for centuries, but more of us are increasingly turning to time tracking apps – either on desktop, web or mobile devices – to do the job. Why? We asked Timely users that very question to find out the main benefits.

Our toxic relationship with non-billable time

23 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

In business, making good use of time is crucial to staying profitable. But the focus on our bottom line often leads to a crude valuation where billable time is the only time well spent.

How to choose the best time tracking app for you

19 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to choosing the best time tracking app for you, the internet is a minefield. We breakdown the key time tracker points you should consider to find a time tracking app that provides features you’ll actually use at a fair price.

Why time trackers are essential freelancer tools

16 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Some tools are essential for the job. For freelancers, time tracking apps are on a par with a reliable laptop. Their value far extends just creating accurate timesheets, to become an essential tool for developing profitability and performance. See how time tracking transforms freelance business.

Time tracking helps employee management

09 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking and employee management go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t manage teams, spread workloads, reduce costs or improve employee performance without tracking employee time. Our short infographic breaks down the key time tracking insights which enable effective day-to-day employee management.

Distractions at work: deal with every type

27 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Workplace distractions cost businesses thousands in productive time every day and stop employees from producing their most satisfying focused work. We explore the main work distractions we face on a daily basis to discuss what you can actively do about them. Beware: many distractions are structural.

Office design isn’t just about physical space

26 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of redesigning your office? Read this first. Office design can make or break wellbeing and productivity. We assess the strengths and pitfalls of modern office design trends to explore what a good office design looks like, and why it goes well beyond simply styling a physical space.

Put task tracking in perspective

22 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Most project managers already use task tracking tools for organization. But few actually know what’s going on operationally. Time tracking helps managers turn lists of project tasks into meaningful data they can actually learn from – keeping projects efficient, profitable and to schedule.

Why we work remotely

19 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of working remotely? Looking to hire remote workers? Or just want a better sense of how it works in practice? This one’s for you. Our hybrid office/remote model has just entered its fourth year of smooth sailing and we want to share exactly how it works, why we do it and how we created it.

Working remotely is not working from home

15 February, 2018 • 1 minutes to read

For office workers, remote working can appear to be some lazy working ideal. But remote working doesn’t mean “working from home” in the classic sense. We tackle one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding remote work to explore what it actually means. Spoiler: it’s not as exotic as you’d hoped.

Why are you still using a work timer?

13 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Work timers are one of the worst time tracking tools going, yet tons of professionals still use them to track tasks and billable hours. We trace the industrial origins of work timers to uncover their biggest limitations, and explore the most accurate alternative available.

The huge benefits of project task tracking

09 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Project task tracking reveals a whole host of insights which help you improve project management, budget estimation and timeline scoping. And it doesn’t need to require any extra administrative effort. We explore just how project task tracking helps you run efficient projects and how to go about it.

Create a killer project dashboard

09 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Project dashboards are lifesavers. From weekly project status reports and stakeholder updates to real-time project monitoring, dashboards quickly show you everything you need to know. We explain how to create a killer project dashboard without fiddling around with confusing segmentation rules.

Time beyond money

06 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time can mean money – we spend it, waste it, profit from it. But in a world where we bill by the hour, it’s important to realize time’s value extends beyond financial gain. We explore a new approach to time that ensures we all get the most out of our single shared resource.

Increase employee productivity with time tracking

02 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking offers a huge opportunity for increasing productivity, helping employees become more efficient and engaged with work. We look at exactly how tracking time can increase employee productivity, and the time tracking tools that make sure you don’t waste more time getting there.

Five essentials of team effectiveness

01 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team effectiveness relies on a few core principles – whether you manage a fixed in-house team, freelancers or remote employees. We break down the five key areas you need to nail to get the most out of every team member.

Why your timesheets are fundamentally flawed

30 January, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Timesheets are the lifeblood of your business but they are riddled with problems. We discuss the main problems with timesheets, from inaccuracy and overhead through to the negative impact they have on teams, and explore the new alternative of ai-powered automatic timesheets.

Automatic time tracking benefits everyone

29 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automatic time tracking redefines the way entire businesses value and bill for their time. We break down what automatic time tracking actually is and discuss the benefits of automatic time tracking for managers, employees and business leaders alike.

What are automatic timesheets?

29 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automatic timesheets completely redefine time tracking. You never have to log hours or make a timesheet ever again. We look at how automatic timesheets work, why they use AI, and how accurate they really are.

Why you should track non-billable hours

26 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

If you only track billable hours, you’re only tracking half your work. Understanding where you spend non-billable time enables you become more efficient, more economic and a better employer.

When to work: discover when you work best

25 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

There’s a lot of pseudo-science floating around online about the best time of day to work. Sadly, there is no neat universal answer to this question – you need to conduct your own productivity investigation! And we’ve got a stupidly simple approach to help you get there.

Time tracking for designers

24 January, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Timely is the first automatic time tracking tool to be created by a designer. Track design project budgets, performance and profitability all in one place using a simple and beautiful interface. From Sketch to Photoshop, Timely tracks all the work you do in your favourite digital design tools.

The most commonly missed billable hours

23 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Tons of billable hours never make it to your timesheet, because it’s nearly impossible to accurately remember everything you do in a day. We explore the most common unreported billable hours across industries, and show you how to capture all your billable hours – wherever and whenever you work.

Make 2018 the year of small AI

03 January, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

AI news tends to focus on blockbuster headlines and sells a very misleading view of AI’s future. We take a deeper look at the current state of AI research to appreciate the overlooked small AI advances taking place around the world, and underline the importance of grass roots AI.

Is tech stifling your productivity?

19 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Whilst new technology can boost our productivity, it’s also one of our biggest sources of distraction, time wasting and social anxiety. Understand what the most dangerous tech habits and behaviours are to work out whether your relationship with tech is healthy or dependent.

How to do deep work effectively

07 December, 2017 • 5 minutes to read

Get started with deep work using our practical 8-step guide on how to do deep work. We look at how you can create the perfect conditions to get the most out of deep work, as well as how to stick at it. It all adds up to greater productivity, a higher quality of work and greater work satisfaction.

The biggest problems with time tracking

07 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Employees hate time tracking, but if your business bills by the hour, you can’t do without it. We tackle some of the biggest issues employees have with time tracking to help you restart the conversation. Use our useful strategies to help get your employees to track time.

What is deep work and is it worth the hype?

05 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Everything you need to know about deep work in one article. We explain the deep work method, why people are talking about it, what deep work means, what deep work does for productivity, how to do deep work, and whether this latest work philosophy fad is even useful.

How to manage time for study

29 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Bachelors, masters, PhDs can be overwhelming in their lack of structure. We run through the basic laws of study time management that will ensure you meet tight study deadlines and research goals. Track and understand how you study to improve productivity and make sure you put study time to best use.

The secret to time management

28 November, 2017 • 3 minutes to read

You can’t manage time effectively without knowing how you spend it. We explore the single time management hack that lets you understand all your commitments, plan time effectively and see where you waste time.

The dangers of overtime

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Do you have overtime under control? We look at the biggest problems linked with regular overtime, and what it means for productivity, company culture, workplace morale, employee self-worth, and wellbeing to help you answer this important question.

Why are you still chasing timesheets?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Late timesheets can cost your business serious money, but there’s no reason to chase for a timesheet ever again. We look at the best strategies around to ensure you always get your employees’ timesheets in on time, including apps that create your timesheets for you.

Is it ethical to track employees?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

This is a really important question to feel comfortable answering. Kudos for looking into it – you clearly actually care about your team. We discuss how to track employee hours and productivity the right way.

Why everyone should track overtime

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Tracking overtime is the only way to stay in control of it. It can also reveal important insights about our own capacity, workflow, productivity and destructive behaviours. We explore exactly why it’s important and show you the easiest ways to track your overtime.