Time tracking for designers

Written 24 January, 2018, 4 minutes to read

Designers of the world, we hear you. You need to track all the time you spend on projects, and you want a beautifully intuitive tool to do it for you. It’s the very reason Timely exists – the first automatic time tracking tool to be created by a designer.

The time tracking app for designers

Timely was created as a direct response to founder Mathias Mikkelsen's experiences as a designer. Time tracking was the worst thing about his work and he felt an urgent need to design a solution to get rid of it.

Good design should inspire action. For Timely, that means getting back to what actually matters. Its clean interface and simple functionality are enough to make any creative swoon, but the real beauty lies in its robust design purpose as the world's first fully automatic design-led time tracking tool. You never have to manually track time ever again.

Timely for Apple Available on every device you work with

Logs all design work automatically ⏱

Timely integrates with almost every professional design tool – Sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Lightroom to name a few – so you can track all your design work. It also supports work management tools like Asana, Trello and Todoist, so time spent managing your design projects is also captured. The best bit? Timely works automatically, so it will track all your data for you without interrupting your day. Get stuck into your work knowing every second is accounted for.

Tracks retainers, performance and profitability 📊

Timely gives you a real-time overview of how much time you’ve spent on a project, which is essential if you bill project work by the hour. It shows how much project budget remains, and breaks down exactly where that project's time went. Everything can be shared with clients in a single click using customized reports with personalised branding. By tracking all project costs in one place, designers can proactively update their clients, quickly adjust team effort to stay within budget, and understand which projects are actually profitable.

Shows how design projects go over budget 💥

Are you spending most of your billable time designing and altering a project, or managing a mess of design files in task managers? Does your team spend too long exploring and refining concepts? Are you actually focusing the majority of a project budget on the crucial problem? By breaking down exactly what happened for a particular project, Timely shows designers what caused them to go over budget – improving project management and future estimations.

Helps balance the whole design workflow ⚖️

From research, first sketches, layouts and prototypes, to iterations and testing, Timely breaks down exactly how long you spend on each step of the design workflow. Designers can identify inefficiencies and rebalance their priorities to ensure everything is given its just deserves. By tracking time spent in client meetings, project management and marketing, designers can also see where administrative processes and communication needs to improve.

Boosts team productivity and collaboration 👊🏼

Timely helps you manage your team’s workload, allocate resources intelligently and avoid burnout. It shows you exactly who has too much work, who needs support, and who has capacity for a bit more. You can also identify the biggest drains on team time, like spending too long on small tasks or taking on too many minor projects. Oh, and did we mention it works automatically? No more wasting productive hours on tracking time manually.

Captures all billable hours 💵

Designers rarely work in one place on one device, and frequent multitasking makes it hard to remember everything worked on. Timely completely solves this problem by tracking everything you work on across macOS, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Android. It tracks GPS location data to capture work on-the-go, and even logs billable time spent on the phone with call tracking. However chaotic and irregular your working day, every billable hour is captured and logged in one place.

Why designers love Timely

Thousands of freelance designers and design agencies use and love Timely – from graphic designers, illustrators, UX/UI designers and typographers right through to motion designers, web designers, architectural designers and game designers. But don’t just take our word for it:

“Keeps track of what I'm actually working on so I don't have to.” – Joanne

"I know exactly what capacity I have and I can plan future projects accordingly.” – Jani

“Great interface, very easy to set up and use – not another time drain.” – Dominic

“Excellent for keeping real-time on jobs…invoicing clients or tracking project costs.” – Lyndsey

“The way the program works is just how I would design it.” – Kay

Try Timely for Yourself

We’d love your feedback on Timely’s design and whether it facilitates your creative work. Trial the full app for free across 14 days and let us know what you think. If it’s a perfect match, know that we have pricing plans for both freelancers and businesses, so you only pay for what you actually need.

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