Time tracking is mainly seen as a tool for billing clients. But modern tracking tools provide insights that go far beyond this, from unconscious behaviors and productivity, to employee performance and profitability. For those new to the territory, here’s what you can do with automatic time tracking.
For many, time tracking is dangerous territory. But it it isn’t actually inherently “good” or “bad”; the approach you take will ultimately determine its value. This guide is all about how to leverage transparency, empathy and trust to introduce time tracking so that your team thrives by it.
The flexibility of modern work poses unique new challenges for team management. Thankfully, there is an abundance of team management software to help – but which are the most useful for smaller teams? Which will scale with you as you grow? To fasttrack your research, here’s our pick of the best.
Far from being a means to control, time tracking can enable – helping employees achieve greater self-management and mastery. When adopting time tracking, you need to clearly communicate that value. Check out our infographic, which lays out some of the main benefits of time tracking for employees.
Most of us still believe that time exists somewhere in our universe. But the more scientists investigate time, the more that idea proves to be false. Drawing from his book, The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli helps to explain how we create flowing time in a world where it doesn’t physically exist.
Attention management, not time management, is arguably the key to our productive potential. Understanding, protecting, and learning how to take full advantage of our attention will ultimately help us produce our best work in less time. Here’s how to manage your attention to do more meaningful work.
As a lawyer, robust time tracking is essential. But traditional manual methods introduce huge inaccuracies and stop you being fully present in your work. It’s exactly why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to capture all the time lawyers spend across cases and clients automatically.
For many of us, our days begin and end with tech: checking emails once we wake and scanning social feeds before we sleep. But are we using our devices too much? What do we actually we want technology to do for us? And what strategies can we use to ensure our relationship with tech stays healthy?
The majority of employee timesheet apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies prioritizing accuracy and usability are increasingly realizing that the best tools for the job are automatic. Here’s how automatic employee timesheet apps work and why they’re different.
Artificial Intelligence offers small businesses huge opportunity to improve efficiency and profitability – but price can be a big barrier to entry. New out-the-box AI tools can offer a quick and simple route to automation. Here’s how to apply AI without the steep price tag of traditional approaches.
Concepts of time exist in every language and culture. But are we all talking about the same thing? Linguists Vera da Silva Sinha and Chris Sinha weigh in with insights on event-based time in the Amazon to consider whether time can be universally understood. Hear our podcast for the full discussion.
Sometimes, getting work done seems like the most natural thing in the world. But too often we work in a state of unengaged distraction, willing a creative focus that never arrives. Why does this happen, exactly? In a word: “flow”. Here’s how to master your productive flow to produce your best work.
Following a new EU ruling, all EU companies must now track employee working hours. But a quick Google reveals time tracking software is a bit of a minefield. This article provides an overview of the main types of time tracking tools on the market, and what to consider when making your decision.
We all want to be “our best selves” – being as successful as possible without losing grip of what’s important. But what’s the best way to get there? Instead of trying to emulate other people, research suggests studying your own success is actually far more effective for ongoing self-development.
In our hyper-productive society, we’re conditioned to think that boredom is bad. But immediately turning to our devices to plug productive holes promotes passive consumption over creative problem solving. So is it time to admit that we have a problem? And can boredom actually be good for us?
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.
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.
People usually work overtime because they have to, but it can also be an opportunity – for additional compensation or greater schedule flexibility. So what should workplaces consider when offering overtime? Can overtime be positive, or should it always be see as undesirable and potentially dangerous?
Hyper-connectivity has created a culture of instant availability and passive interaction. To ensure our relationship with tech stays healthy, we need to be more mindful and intentional about how we use it. In the age of perpetual distraction, here are 21 simple ways to improve your digital health.
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.
A ton of daily digital interactions lock us into a passive relationship with our tech, where we consume more than we create. But we can break the cycle: it starts with taking “digital wellness” more seriously and becoming more intentional. And time tracking might be the tool to help us get there.
Companies around the world are fighting for your attention – so you see their ads and use their products for as long as possible. They’re using psychology to trick and trap your focus, creating a culture of perpetual distraction. Here’s what the attention economy means, and what you can do about it.
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.
Every company has operational costs, but these are often much higher than we realize. But there’s tons you can do to reduce them – from automating routine parts of your workflow to hiring freelancers. Here are five of the most effective ways to reduce overhead and run a more efficient business.
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 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.
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.
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion – or so reads the first line of Parkinson’s law. But did he get it right? Are companies destined to develop unproductive cycles? What can Parkinson’s law teach modern businesses? And why, more than 50 years on, are we still talking about it?
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.
We all want to be good employees – replying to requests promptly and being part of the discussion. But this shouldn’t come at the expense of the job we were hired to do. The danger of being too available at work is very real – here’s how to ensure your culture and wellbeing doesn’t take a back seat.
Disconnecting from work and being fully present at home has never been so hard. And when it comes to juggling both lives, there’s no quick fix – some weeks will always be better than others. But luckily, there are many small things you can do to establish a better work-life balance, starting here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Email is one of the most inefficient work tools going, eating up 23% of the average worker’s day. but it’s unlikely to go anywhere soon. So how can we make email more productive? How can we ensure we only use it where it really excels, and free up more time for the job we were actually hired to do?
Most of us could be better at managing time. But when it comes to effective time management, which actions actually make a difference and have a lasting impact on the way we work? Having helped thousands of companies get more quality from time, we’ve found you need these 7 time management skills.
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.
Emails, pings, meetings, colleagues – a sum of interruptions wreak havoc with our productivity every day. While they seem small, it’s not as easy to refocus from distractions as you might think. From the biggest culprits to how they impact your work, here’s how to cost and control your distractions.
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.
The age of the “side hustle” is well and truly upon us. While fun, pursuing a hobby or extra income stream in addition to your day job demands serious discipline. To make sure it’s the right move for you, here’s everything you need to know about managing time when you have a side hustle.
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.
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.
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.
While the four-day work week and four-hour work day can strike us as a rather bold, exotic idea, for many companies they are already a reality. But is it really possible to do the same amount of work in a significantly reduced time? And if so, does having less time actually make you more productive?
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.
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.
Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But most of us are far less productive than we think. It’s not that we’re not working – we’re just not working intelligently. The most basic way to increase productivity is to defend your time. Here’s how to work smarter, not harder.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.