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Time tracking for creatives

20 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every creative workflow – making sure you get paid in full and understand your successes. But that doesn’t stop it being boring and intrusive. It’s precisely why we designed Timely – the first AI-powered time tracking tool that automatically tracks everything for you.

How to automate unproductive work

19 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Automating the unproductive parts of your work is the easiest way to improve your productive potential. And it doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. We explore how to go about it, what kind of tasks you should automate, and the best out-the-box AI tools for automating everyday time wasters.

Good time management isn’t about working for hours without breaks or multitasking; it’s about using time effectively. By working smarter (not harder) and complimenting your natural focus, you can achieve much more in less time. Here are three of the best time management techniques to focus your day.

Which pricing structure is best for your agency?

05 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Pricing work means more than profitability – it affects everything from client satisfaction and retention rates, to who you hire and who you work with. So how do you decide which pricing structure is best for your agency? We’ve broken down four of the most common; their advantages and their faults.

Time tracking for remote employees

29 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As a remote employee, time tracking is essential; it helps you stay visible and accountable. But that doesn’t stop it being wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first employee-led remote time tracking tool that can automatically track and log hours for you while you work.

Is gig work good for business?

28 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

The gig economy is bigger and more accessible than ever before. But is that a good thing? What impact does gig work have on businesses? And can it work as a long-term solution? We consider the biggest benefits and risks of remote gig work to help you decide whether gig work is good for business.

How to stop project scope creep in its tracks

22 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Scope creep is the one challenge project managers battle on a daily basis. While it’s great to work with a variety of different opinions and ideas, they can completely derail projects when raised too late. So how can you stop scope creep in its tracks, and only deliver what you agreed at the start?

When scaling a business, strategic decisions are just as important as economic ones. And for many, that comes down to people. Hiring externally might save money, but it can hamper your growth and success. Here’s everything you need to know about when to use an agency and when to keep work in-house.

The 6 best Google Calendar extensions

15 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

When it comes to digital self-organization, Google Calendar rules the roost. But while its in-built features and capabilities are strong, there are many extensions you can add on to enhance and customize your daily scheduling. Here are just six of our favorite Google Calendar extensions.

Time tracking for engineers

14 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every engineer, but few have the capacity or 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 and clients for you while you work.

A brief guide to emailing strangers

07 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Want to collaborate with an influencer or secure a speaker for your podcast? You’ll need to master the art of contacting strangers. Stand out from the spam and start getting quality responses with our very brief guide to emailing strangers – including a winning template we’ve honed over the years.

Project management has been around since the ‘50s, but being good at it requires a new approach. Companies are increasingly investing in “intangibles” like employee morale and company culture to boost bottom lines, suggesting that good project management is now about much more than the end product.

How to get the most from employee data

01 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Employee data presents an exciting new opportunity for companies, from increasing employee engagement to improving workflow efficiency. You just need to go about collecting and using data in a way that respects and enables people. Here’s how to get the most from employee data – the responsible way.

While you may never like project reporting, these days countless tools make it infinitely easier and ensure your reports are interesting, attractive and informative. A good report will provide enough detail without being overwhelming – here are five of the best project report templates we’ve found.

The 7 best gmail add-ons for more productive work

23 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Gmail is by far the most popular email service in the world, but email is still a huge productive sinkhole. Luckily, a ton of Gmail add-ons can help – from prioritizing your inbox to tracking all client communication time. Here are seven of our favorite Gmail add-ons for more productive work.

How tracking time can make you more productive

15 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

When done well, time tracking is the single best way of learning how to use time better. You can’t get more quality and value from time without knowing how you spend it. From benchmarking your efficiency to using your time more intentionally, here’s how time tracking can make you more productive.

Top 10 tools for everyday agency management

10 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

There seems no end agency management or the number of tools designed to make it easier. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which agency tools are useful and which create more work? We’ve learnt the hard way so you don’t have to; here are our top 10 tools for everyday agency management.

Is working from home the most productive work model?

09 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Working from home is an idea most companies are still warming to. But despite managerial hang-ups and suspicions, the practice offers significant benefits for employers and employees alike. The most important for employers? Remote working may actually be the most productive work model going.

Why employee engagement matters

08 April, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Employee engagement is one of the single most important factors for any business. But since it’s hard to quantify, many aren’t aware of just how it impacts their productivity and efficiency. Here’s exactly why employee engagement matters, and why prioritizing it will always be crucial for success.

How to conduct a project post-mortem

04 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Projects rarely go entirely to plan, and even the most successful ones have room for improvement. But a good project post-mortem can show you what went wrong (and right!), so you can lead more effective projects. Here’s everything you need to know about how to conduct a project post-mortem.

How to build a better work schedule

01 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Most of us don’t work as efficiently as we could. We’re not unproductive; we just haven’t worked out the right work structure to achieve what’s most important. But a few small changes can make all the difference – here’s how to build a better work schedule for a more productive and satisfying week.

Time tracking for startups

28 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

In the startup business, time is the one variable you have complete control over and using it well is a basic matter of survival. But you don’t want to waste valuable time and effort tracking where it all goes. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool that automatically tracks how your startup actually spends its time in the background while you work.

The importance of empathy in organizational change

26 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Businesses need to change to stay relevant. But even when a change is clearly for the best, employees are often reluctant to accept it. So what’s the best way to get your team on board with organizational change and embrace future ones? The short answer: lead organizational change with empathy.

What employees stand to gain from AI

21 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI is often sold to businesses for its huge potential to increase efficiency, lower costs, and enable smarter decisions. But the human impact of adopting AI often goes overlooked. Here’s what employees stand to gain from AI and why adoption represents a robust investment in your own company culture.

Project monitoring: what it is and how to do it well

19 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Project management contains a whole world of responsibilities, from initiation to closeout. But with solid project monitoring, managing all of your project variables gets a lot easier. Here’s everything you need to know about project monitoring – from what it is, to how to do it really well.

How to lead effective communication in the workplace

11 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

While email, Slack and meetings distract us on a daily basis, unproductive communication isn’t just the fault of our tools. Effective communication in the workplace starts with shared structure and boundaries. Here’s where most of us are go wrong and how a simple communication framework can help.

The best ways to support women in your workplace

06 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In spite of the progress made over the past few decades, things still aren’t always equal in the office, or the boardroom, or even the breakout room. From giving women credit for their own ideas to calling out unacceptable behavior, here are nine of the best ways to support women in your workplace.

Improve your delegation skills in 6 steps

05 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Delegating work can be a tricky business, but our desire for control shouldn’t come at the cost of a balanced workload. Delegation is a key leadership skill and basic sign of a healthy, cooperative team. If it’s been an issue for you in the past, improve your delegation skills with these six steps.

How Mindfulness Influences your Design Thinking

04 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

With a ton of stakeholders and clashing opinion, design thinking can be a painfully slow process that completely kills creativity and critical thinking. But how can we ensure diversity in our products while keeping our design process productive and rewarding? Mindfulness might just hold the answer.

Hidden project costs that limit project ROI

28 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Profitability is the ultimate measure of any project. But even the most organized project managers run into hidden project tasks that limit project ROI. So how can you ensure you don’t undersell yourself? How do you identify everything that goes into your projects and cover costs in your proposals?

The art behind creative collaboration

26 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creatives are a rare breed. They’re brimming with ideas and eager to solve new challenges. But getting them to work together effectively requires a certain art. Use these five winning approaches to maximize your team’s creative collaboration and offer clients your best creative ideas – every time.

9 things killing your productivity

25 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In the constant quest to become more productive, we often hold ourselves back. Whether it’s trying to get more done by multitasking or prioritizing small tasks, tons of our daily work habits limit our productive potential. Here are 9 things that killing your productivity and how you can avoid them.

Time tracking for contractors

21 February, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Whether you’re an independent contractor or work with an agency, your profitability depends on effective time management. But achieving that shouldn’t come at the cost of your own productivity. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first fully automatic time tracking tool for contractors.

22 indispensable project management tips

19 February, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Project management is a notoriously tricky business. Costs, risks, resources, deadlines; just staying on top of them is a job in itself. But there are a few things you can do to avoid the most common difficulties. Minimize risks and lead more effective projects with these 20 project management tips.

The easiest way to increase your productivity starts with outsourcing work. But how do you go about it? And what software can you trust to do a good job? To shorten your search, here’s our definitive list of all the low-value tasks everyone should outsource, and the best apps available for the job.

Time tracking for accountants

11 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

As an accountant, good bookkeeping is par for the course. But you don’t want to waste any billable time doing your own. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects and clients for you while you work.

How to onboard remote employees

28 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

How do you welcome, set up and train an employee who you never actually meet in-person? As a company that has worked 50% remotely for years now, we think we might have just nailed the winning approach. Here’s how to onboard remote employees the right way for long-term remote success.

Time tracking for employees

24 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking provides essential structure and visibility. But that doesn’t stop it from being the bane of employees’ lives. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours while employees work. Everyone can focus on what they were hired to do.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.