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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.

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 2018

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 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.