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Automated time trackers: 5 key benefits

12 December, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Automatic time trackers promise to completely outsource one of your most hated bits of essential admin. But what does that mean in practice? Are they that much different from well-established timer apps used by most professional services? And do their benefits justify the hassle of switching tools?

4 of the best anti-distraction apps for deep work

09 December, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

We live in a world that’s digital, borderless and virtually connected. But this hyper-connectivity has made it almost impossible to do productive deep work that requires prolonged, unbroken concentration. Thankfully, a few smart anti-distraction apps can help return your focus to where it matters.

Working smarter starts with correcting our unconscious unproductive behaviors. These are the habits and processes that stud our daily workflows, without returning any real value. If you’re looking to become more effective and productive, tackle the eight main ways you waste time at work first.

9 tools shaping the future of work

02 December, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

While abstract, the term ‘future of work’ is about harnessing smart new technologies to make work smoother, easier and quicker. It’s often seen as an aspiration or distant ideal, but for many the future of work is very much in progress. Here are just 9 of the tools that are helping to deliver it.

The 11 best productivity apps for mac

27 November, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

From immediately answering emails, to trapping short intervals between meetings – our behaviour ultimately determines the productive potential of our time. But with the help of smart tools, we can make it go further. Here’s our pic of the 11 best productivity apps for mac to help you work smarter.

Productivity apps: what to try in 2020

20 November, 2019 • 11 minutes to read

Since so much of our tech is latent with distraction, we need to be smarter about the digital tools we choose to work with. But which apps actually help us do our best work? Considering new tools alongside household favourites, here’s our rundown of the best productivity apps to try in 2020.

How to track a project budget accurately and effortlessly

14 November, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Even if you’ve created a solid budget estimate, you still need to scrupulously manage its spend to ensure your projects stay profitable. Thankfully, it doesn’t require a ton of extra time or effort. Here’s how to track a project budget effortlessly – ensuring all your numbers actually add up.

How to set up your phone to stay productive

12 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Smartphones are ancillary to modern work, but as work tools go, they are ridiculously unproductive. To stay focused and work smarter, we need to be more intentional about how we use them and know how we get derailed. Here’s how to set up your phone to stay productive, wherever work takes you.

5 simple boundaries for email

06 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

When it comes to digital communication tools, email still rules king. But our most loved tool also has unrivaled power to harm us. To keep email useful, we need to ensure we use it actively and with intention. Set these five boundaries to keep your relationship with email healthy and productive.

After four years in the making, the US Department of Labor has settled on a final ruling to extend overtime law. Coming into effect on January 1, 2020, it will make an extra 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. Here’s exactly what the new ruling means and how to prepare for it.

The best app usage trackers for mobile, web and desktop

31 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Beyond showing how long you spend on your devices, app usage trackers can help you qualify your digital time. They provide an illuminating picture of where your activity to help you become more intentional with your devices. Here's our pick of the best app usage trackers across the device spectrum.

Why email bans don’t work

29 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Email sits on the boundary between our professional and personal lives – often working its way into our downtime. To try and control it, many companies have introduced out-of-hours email bans, but new research suggests this may actually be harmful. So what can companies do to contain work email?

Capacity planning – what it is, how to do it well

24 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While capacity planning is one of the least creative parts of project management, it’s essential you get it right. Without it, you can’t realistically hope to deliver projects on time without compromising others or exhausting your team. Here’s how to nail capacity planning in just 5 simple steps.

Resource planning is essential to project success – making sure tasks are completed on-time without derailing other projects. While there are a lot of variables to balance, a good resource planner tool can simplify the entire process and cut scheduling down to seconds. Here’s our pick of the best.

The building blocks of successful projects

21 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Project success happens by design – through a masterful understanding of resources, timings, budgets and expectations. But how exactly do you go about it? Delivering successful projects starts with understanding the key building blocks behind them. Here’s how to get it right every time.

How to create an intelligent project schedule

17 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creating a project schedule is one of the first and most important tasks in project planning. Project schedules go well beyond timings to consider risks, communication and resources. But to be truly useful, they need to be grounded in data. Here’s how to create an intelligent project schedule.

8 OKR tools to keep everyone on-track

15 October, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Nobody likes a work acronym, but “OKR” is one you should come to terms with. When used properly, Objectives and Key Results can superpower company growth, health and happiness. But how do you go about setting them? And how can you simplify the whole process of tracking them? Check out these tools!

How to identify and manage project risk

10 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

While project risks can’t be 100% controlled, adopting a culture of risk management is vital to delivering projects successfully. It helps you solve issues flexibly, improve estimates, and make informed decisions when taking on new projects. Here’s exactly how to go about project risk management.

Resource planning – what it is, how to do it well

09 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Project planning isn’t just about listing tasks; you need the foresight to know what resources you need when, and the flexibility to overcome changes to timings and availability. Here’s why resource planning is essential to every successful project – and how to go about curating your own project dream team.

6 of the best tools to improve your concentration

08 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While we produce our best work in a state of deep focus, there seems no end to the tools, tasks and people that break it. Luckily, tons of unobtrusive apps can help improve your focus and protect your productive attention. Here are five of our very favorite tools to improve your concentration.

Project cost management – what it is, how to do it well

03 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Want to improve project profitability, set better rates and run a more efficient business? You’ll want to get on Project cost management. It acts as a powerful budgeting lens, helping you check stock throughout a project’s lifecycle and control costs effectively. Here’s what you need to know.

How much “shallow work” do you perform?

02 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Ever have days at work where you’re totally rushed off your feet, but have nothing to really show for it? If so, you might’ve fallen into the shallow work trap. But what is shallow work and why is it so bad for us? More importantly, how can we identify and address our own shallow work problem?

Project scheduling best practices

26 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We may be biased, but timing is everything when it comes to delivering successful projects. Project focus, client confidence and profitability all suffer when deadlines aren’t respected. To help you stay on course and deliver against what you promise, here’s how to create a robust project schedule.

7 simple team planners for effective collaboration

25 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Good team planners visualize what people are working on, simplify collaboration and help you plan resources thoughtfully across projects. You just need to know what to look for. Showcasing the diversity of design and functionality available, these best-in-class planners are great place to start.

5 project planning oversights to watch out for

24 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While no two projects are the same, many are often derailed by similar problems. From underestimating resources and task durations, to failing to set strict project boundaries, here are five of the most common project planning oversights to watch out for – and what you can do to manage them.

20 ways time tracking helps increase productivity

23 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

From its inception, time tracking has been used to increase productivity. With solutions that can now automatically track all our digital activity, we can uncover rich insights on how we work which let us introduce effective change. Here are just XX ways time tracking helps increase productivity.

Do tight deadlines work?

19 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The productive benefits of deadlines are long established, but increasing pressure doesn’t always produce better results. While tight deadlines can motivate and inspire teams, they can also be wildly self-destructive. Here’s how to set intelligent deadlines that always get the best from your team.

Project timeline templates: 6 simple and adaptable examples

18 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Every solid project plan has a project timeline, to visualize all project work and help coordinate project resources. To streamline your project planning, we’ve pulled a selection of simple project timeline templates, from no-frills solutions that excel at one thing, to sophisticated all-rounders.

5 task management tools for smarter collaboration

17 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Companies are increasingly using tech to make collaboration smarter, from streamlining communication and resource coordination, to helping employees get more done in less time. We analyze the biggest challenges modern teams face, and the best task management tools to keep everyone pulling together.

5 essential time management techniques

16 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

At heart, time management is about managing yourself. The best time management techniques improve the ways you work, minimize distractions and lock your concentration. While there are lots floating about on the internet, here are the five time management techniques that make the biggest difference.

12 essential startup tools: from CRM to payroll

12 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Bringing a concept to market requires a specialist set of tools. But with limited budgets and pressure to produce results fast, startups can’t afford to muck around with the wrong ones. Separating wheat from chaff, here are the essential startup tools you need to scale effortlessly – and cheaply!

How to keep a work diary: 3 simple methods

09 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Work diaries are one of the most overlooked time management tools going. They aren’t just good for mental health; they are invaluable for managing your performance – highlighting successes, learnings and areas for growth. Here are three simple ways to keep a work diary – from high to low effort.

How to get more done in less time – effortlessly

05 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Delegating, planning and prioritizing can all help increase efficiency, but sometimes there still don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Yet there are several more straight-forward tricks you can introduce to work smarter, not harder. Here are five ways everyone can get more done in less time.

13 indispensable tools for agency growth

04 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Many leaders correlate agency growth with building their client base and making more money. But behind each fast-paced business is a stellar team who grow alongside it. From streamlining recruitment to keeping everyone on the same page, here are 13 of the best tools for agency growth.

Timesheet templates: the good, the bad, the pointless

03 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Timesheets can be shockingly time consuming, so using a preformatted template makes huge sense. But not all timesheet templates are created equal. Here’s a walk-through of the main timesheet templates you can expect to encounter; including a verdict on their relative quality, utility and efficiency.

How to lead a more adaptive business

02 September, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In our ever-changing digital landscape, being able to adapt and evolve quickly is crucial. But competitive advantage requires more than just being agile. Companies need to continually rethink and reconfigure themselves to maximize new opportunities. Here’s how to lead a more adaptive business.

How to make an invoice: 3 simple ways

30 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Billing clients is an uninspiring, but necessary part of work. Whether you’re a contractor or business owner, it’s important you get paid on time for all your work. You just need a solid invoicing process to get there. From DIY to automation, here’s how to make a professional invoice.

How can we improve the remote work experience?

29 August, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Increased productivity, satisfaction, savings – remote work seems like an unending list of positives. But for the remote model to work long-term, it needs to be understood in its entirety. Here are some of the most frequently overlooked challenges of working remotely and their practical solutions.

There’s no shortage of architect tools for every stage of project delivery, but the sheer amount of choice can be paralyzing. Yet certain tools have withstood changing trends. Cropping up in almost every architect’s toolkit, here are the 10 essential architecture apps you should know about.

How to slow down time: Marc Wittmann on time perception

27 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While it’s not the most obvious time management hack, understanding how your brain creates your sense of time can help you understand how to slow down time. Neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann helps explain how time perception works – from the role attention plays to why time seems to speed up.

The best time tracking apps are automatic

22 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The majority of time tracking apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies who value accuracy and efficiency are increasingly recognizing that the best time tracking apps are automatic. Here’s how automatic time tracking apps work and why they’re a cut above the rest.

27 things you can do with time tracking

15 August, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

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.

How to introduce time tracking to your team

08 August, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

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 best team management software for growing teams

07 August, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

The benefits of time tracking for employees

01 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

How to manage your attention

23 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

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.

Time tracking for lawyers

16 July, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

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.

How healthy is your relationship with tech?

10 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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 best employee timesheet apps are automatic

09 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

5 out-the-box AI tools for small businesses

04 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

4 ways to master your productive flow

02 July, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

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.

Self-improvement starts with studying success

27 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

Can boredom actually be good for us?

25 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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 for creatives

20 June, 2019 • 7 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.

Working overtime: exploitation or opportunity?

18 June, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

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?

21 ways to improve your digital health

13 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

How time tracking can support digital wellness

03 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

Time tracking for remote employees

29 May, 2019 • 6 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.

The 5 most effective ways to reduce overhead

16 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

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.

The 6 best Google Calendar extensions

15 May, 2019 • 5 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 • 6 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.

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.

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?

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.

Are you too available at work?

17 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

4 tips for a better work-life balance

16 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

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 • 5 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.

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 • 7 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.

How can we make work email more productive?

27 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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?

7 time management skills everybody needs

20 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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 monitoring: what it is and how to do it well

19 March, 2019 • 5 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 much do distractions cost your productivity?

13 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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.

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.

Managing time when you have a side hustle

27 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

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 • 7 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.

Does having less time make you more productive?

13 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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.

Time tracking for accountants

11 February, 2019 • 5 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.

Increase productivity by defending your time

05 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

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 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 • 6 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 • 6 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.

How to set realistic goals

09 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

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

Five ways to streamline your small business

03 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

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

Time tracking for remote teams

02 January, 2019 • 6 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.

Time tracking for marketers

20 December, 2018 • 8 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.

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

13 December, 2018 • 7 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.

8 time saving apps for busy professionals

28 November, 2018 • 5 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 eight of the best time saving apps for busy professionals.

Employee time tracking doesn't have to be creepy

27 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

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

The best productivity tools of 2019

26 November, 2018 • 6 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.

What is time blocking and does it work?

19 November, 2018 • 5 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 • 6 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.

7 questions to ask when buying a time tracker

08 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

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

How to make dead time useful

07 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

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

How 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?

Quantifying productivity

29 October, 2018 • 7 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.

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.

Good resource management keeps things simple

18 October, 2018 • 4 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 • 5 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 • 5 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.

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 • 4 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 • 4 minutes to read

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

How learning can help you manage work stress

20 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

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

How to procrastinate constructively

12 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

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

Why you need a mobile time clock in your life

10 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

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

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 • 7 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.

How to make "remote" work

22 August, 2018 • 9 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.

Essential software for every small business

14 August, 2018 • 6 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.

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.

Time tracking for consultants

20 July, 2018 • 6 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 • 5 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.

How to estimate projects accurately with certainty

03 July, 2018 • 4 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 • 4 minutes to read

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

A change of plan can increase employee engagement

21 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

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

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

The best project trackers are automatic

11 June, 2018 • 5 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 • 5 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.

Your time could be tracking itself

03 May, 2018 • 1 minutes to read

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

KPIs for measuring employee performance

18 April, 2018 • 4 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.

The top 10 benefits of time tracking apps

23 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

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

Our toxic relationship with non-billable time

23 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

In business, making good use of time is crucial to staying profitable. But the focus on o