• Timing 2021.3: Call Tracking, Improved Date Selection, and More!

    Most of us spend a lot of time in video calls these days. And keeping track of how much time we actually spend in all these meetings can be challenging.
    To help you with that, we are happy to announce that Timing 2021.3 now automatically offers to create tasks for video calls!

    Once a call has ended in any of the apps listed below, you will receive a notification like this:
    If you click that notification, you’ll see a task editor to enter your meeting details.
    In addition, Timing’s automatic idle detection is disabled for the duration of the call.
    If you have allowed Timing to send notifications, there is nothing to set up — it just works!

    Call tracking is compatible with the following apps (audio-only calls are tracked as well):

    • Whereby
    • Zoom
    • Slack
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Meet
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • TeamViewer

    Note that this feature will require a Timing Expert subscription. But to support you while working from home, we are lifting this requirement until July 1st!

    In addition, this update includes several quality-of-life improvements with regards to picking date ranges in the toolbar and editing tasks. Read on for the full list of changes!

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  • Why You Fail with Time Tracking Apps and How to Fix It

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    As an effective professional, you know that it’s important to keep track of your own time. Whether you track to bill clients or optimize your productivity, your time tracking app is a critical part of your daily software stack. It’s a powerful tool to stay organized, focused, and productive while you work.

    But like all software applications, your time tracking app is only effective if you use it properly. If it doesn’t have the right features for your needs, or if you fail to use its features properly, you won’t receive the tool’s total benefits.

    According to one survey, 38% of people who track their time still use manual processes like paper time cards and spreadsheets. Only 25% use a dedicated time tracking app. And many of those apps are simple timers that require constant maintenance.

    This means that you’re likely making regular errors that disrupt your time tracking efforts. These errors can throw your productivity and client billing into confusion.

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  • Time Management: 9 Steps to Billing More Hours in 2021

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    In 2020, there were 64.6 million freelancers working in the United States alone. By 2028, that number is anticipated to grow to 90.1 million. In short, freelancing is becoming a more common way than ever to make a living with freedom and flexibility. The key to a successful (read: lucrative) freelancing career? Effective time management.

    Being able to successfully manage your time as a freelancer doesn’t just mean that you’re great at goal setting, however. It also means that you’re logging more billable hours with your clients by keeping track of productive time and reporting that time in a clear, accurate format.

    The challenge is that freelancers can often get caught up in unproductive work–whether that’s wasted time on “administrative” tasks (like needlessly checking your inbox), time spent on social media, or inefficient workflows that drain your time and attention away from a truly productive “flow.”

    As we start a fresh new year (see you 2020!!!), we’re taking some time to reset our work life habits–namely, our ability to bill more hours (and make more cash).

    Take a look at our comprehensive list of steps to help you bill more hours in 2021–and develop a more successful freelancing career.

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  • Introducing Timing for Teams: Share Projects and Time Entries with Your Entire Team!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2021.1, featuring Timing for Teams!

    Timing for Mac has always been a great way to track your time as an individual.
    However, so far it has been cumbersome to coordinate your Timing projects across multiple team members.
    Gathering timesheets from all team members has also been a difficult task, with a lot of emailing to collect all the needed reports.

    That’s where the brand-new Timing for Teams comes in.
    It lets you share projects with team members and view their time entries in the Timing web app.
    And with the year having just started, now is the ideal time to get your team’s time tracking in order!

    Read on for more information on how the new feature works, and how you can get the most out of it! Read More…

  • The 7 Best Time Tracking Tools for Freelancers

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    Any successful freelancer knows that time tracking is an absolutely critical part of finishing tasks and projects on time. Though you can easily try to track time by hand–taking manual notes on an app, or even with old-fashioned pen and paper–you’re a lot more likely to succeed with time tracking software. Click To Tweet

    In theory, time tracking software helps you to succeed at getting all the juicy benefits out of tracking time, like successfully completing tasks and projects on time, managing your work hours well, and gaining insights into your work life that ultimately help you to become a better, more lucrative freelancer.

    In the following article, we’ll take a look at the seven best time tracking tools to help you get the most out of time tracking.

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  • Boost Your Productivity: Eliminate Time Sinks & Unfinished Projects

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    Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve finished an exhausting day of work, with 10-12 hours under your belt – and you still haven’t finished your projects. It’s wildly unsatisfying: All that hard work, with none of the dopamine rush you get from meeting goals. Not to mention, you’re even more stressed than at the beginning of the day, with an ever-growing list of unfinished tasks. The culprit? Time sinks.

    Somewhere along your work day, you got held up, distracted, or pulled into an unproductive activity that wasted your precious time and energy. Now you have a list of unfinished projects that make you more stressed. For freelancers, solopreneurs, and entrepreneurs, this kind of day is pretty much unacceptable. Unless you can stay on top of the ball, you’ll fall behind in income, future growth, and overall excellence.

    The good news? You can learn to eliminate time sinks and unfinished projects with just a couple simple strategies on Timing.

    In this article, we’ll look at those strategies…as well as a big-picture overview of why time sinks are so destructive, and how to reframe your mindset to make you a more focused, productive worker.

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  • Timing 2020.10: Completely New Design & Ready for macOS Big Sur!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2020.10, featuring a whole new design and full compatibility with macOS Big Sur!

    This summer, when Apple announced sweeping design changes coming to macOS Big Sur, we took the opportunity to refresh the design of Timing on all versions of macOS. This is the result:

    As you can see, we touched every bit of Timing’s interface, reducing visual noise and focusing on the stuff that you are here for: what you spent your time on.

    But that’s not all — Timing has an all-new icon, created by Matthew Skiles:

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  • The Secret of the World’s Most Productive People: Make a Plan and Stick To It

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    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” That’s what Abraham Lincoln said, anyway. According to American history, he achieved quite a bit in his tenure as the 16th American president. What was Abe’s secret? Making a plan – or in this case, preparing an axe. (If you’re interested, you can also take a look at another historical superhero of productivity – Ben Franklin, according to productivity influencer Thomas Frank).

    Your plan helps you slay your goals – and become a champion at productivity. Click To Tweet

    Your plan for the day (or week, month, year) is truly the axe that helps you chop down the tree in front of you – whether that’s a monumental project, new business launch, or just a freakishly long To-Do list.

    • Your plan forces you to be hyper-focused and ruthlessly diligent.
    • Your plan keeps your eyes on the target.
    • Your plan helps you slay your goals – and become a champion at productivity.

    Abe knew the secret sauce. The secret sauce is in the preparation.

    In the following article, we’ll talk about the secret of the world’s most productive people – making a plan and sticking to it.

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  • Timing as a Time-Tracking Alternative to Timely

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    If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time now, you know what we’re all about: time-tracking, optimized time management, and productivity-monitoring. We’ve put our heart and soul (and blood, sweat, and tears) into crafting what we think is the perfect time-tracking application: Timing.

    Still, we’re not so naive as to think there aren’t time-tracking alternatives out there. In fact, you might be using one of them! And since we do our best to stay impartial, we think it’s valuable to compare alternatives and give you a fair breakdown of why you might choose one over the other.

    In this article, we’ll take a look at one time-tracking app in particular – Timely – and assess its pros, its cons, and how it stacks up to Timing.

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  • How to To Use Timing to Improve Your Time Management Skills

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    Time. It’s our most valuable and perhaps most poorly utilized resource. Many of us feel stressed out and overburdened by obligations, and yet still feel we don’t have enough: enough time or enough money. We’re great at stacking our schedules full, less great at managing our own time.

    And with entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss claiming that it’s possible to make a great income by working only 4 hours a day – and science backing that up (one study of working scientists in the 50’s revealed that a person’s productivity peaked between 10-20 hours a week) – we’re left scratching our heads. With our 60-hour workweeks and constant feeling of overwhelm, are we really that terrible at time management?

    The answer is, maybe.

    Here’s the good news: Whether you’re a freelancer, a full-time employee, or a business owner, it’s possible to improve your time management skills with a few simple strategies.

    In the following article, we’ll take a look at:

    • why time management is important.
    • why so many of us have pitfalls when it comes to understanding our own use of time.
    • actionable strategies you can use on Timing to assess and improve your productivity.

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