• The Top Reasons to Track Time, Unrelated to Work

    Time tracking

    When we think about time tracking, we mostly think about it being a best practice for work purposes.

    Tracking time boosts productivity, allows freelancers to accurately bill clients for projects, and gives us a better sense of how long a task may take (which can help both with planning and developing scopes of work).

    But did you know that tracking time is also essential for your life outside of work?

    Regardless of what fills your hours and days, time management is something nearly all of us struggle with.

    We all have a lot of responsibilities and expectations, both from external and internal sources—work (of course), family obligations, friendships to nurture, personal health and wellness, and the daily maintenance of life.

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  • It’s Time to Take a Hard Look at Your Productivity

    Become more productive

    We hear a lot about productivity and how it’s one of the “secrets” to success.

    After all, productivity is the basis of working smarter, not just harder (though working hard is certainly an important quality to embrace). This drive and mindset helps to complete projects or reach milestones within optimal timeframes.

    And being productive is not just about spending less time on tasks—it’s more about maximizing the time you are occupying in a more valuable way. In doing so, you’re able to avoid jamming hurried work into a specified amount of time, and instead produce good work.

    Productivity is definitely a hot topic in our society, especially since the introduction of modern technology. With all of our devices, notifications, and access to content, it’s easier than ever to give in to distractions that take your focus away from a particular task.

    Even if you adhere to deadlines most of the time, it’s still helpful to take an audit of your productivity levels (or lack thereof) and put a process in place to improve them.

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  • How to Prepare for Time Off as a Freelancer

    Freelancer vacation

    Ahhh vacation. It’s a beautiful word, isn’t it?

    For many of us it prompts images of palm trees, colorful drinks, and long siestas.

    The North American definition is “an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling,” which we all know is parallel to a “holiday” in other locales around the world.

    Basically, as an adult, it’s supposed to signify no work—sounds blissful, right?

    As humans, we are meant to take time to recharge our batteries and fuel our souls with the people and things that make us happy. And not to say that work doesn’t make some of us happy (because that’s kind of a big goal in life), but it also occupies so much space in both our schedules and our minds that it’s healthy to get away every once in a while.

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  • Handling a Client Payment Dispute

    Freelance payment

    Being a freelancer means you’re your own boss, right? Yes! Well, sort of.

    Even though you are technically your own boss, you still have to answer to and impress clients—plus abide by their timelines.

    Depending on the kind of freelance setup—maybe you do many projects for a multitude of different clients, or perhaps you spend the majority of time freelancing for one—it may sometimes feel like someone else is running the show.

    No matter the situation, there will always be someone you are reporting to in some capacity, even if it’s just to receive and hand off assignments.

    Being that this is a bit of a unique scenario compared to most manager-employee relationships, it can feel a little awkward when a payment dispute comes about. (Who enjoys conversing—and especially arguing—about money? Yuck.)

    However, it’s your livelihood we’re talking about! It’s a big deal, and we’re sure it means a lot to you. That’s why we took a deep dive into those pesky potential payment disputes and have provided our advice and solutions.

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  • Want to Become a Mac Power User? Here’s How

    Mac power user

    It’s no secret that Apple’s Mac is the king of computers. (And it’s no secret that we are huge fans, being that we developed a Mac-centric app and everything.)

    Maybe that’s why, according to Statista, 5.3 million Mac computers were sold worldwide between July and September 2018 (yes, just in a three month span).

    The geniuses behind Apple’s technology continue to lead the way in innovation, efficiency, and clean design. And the Mac is a powerful machine, capable of much more than the average user would even realize.

    That’s kind of the beauty of the Mac—it’s able to keep things uncomplicated and uncluttered for the laymen, but dig in deeper and there is a whole other dimension of proficiencies that a user can spend endless time trying to discover and remember.

    In some more tech-savvy groups, mastering the Mac’s shortcuts and stretching its legs is a badge of honor, earning you the unofficial title of “Mac power user.”

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  • 3 Common Mistakes Freelancers Make

    Freelance mistakes

    Flexibility. Control. Being your own boss. Making your own schedule. Setting your own terms.

    There are many advantages to being a freelancer in today’s uber-connected world. Telecommuting eliminates some of the daily grind and provides a landscape for more productive and efficient work. On top of that, having the freedom to pick and choose which clients to take on allows you to feel more invested in projects.

    If you are currently freelancing, you aren’t alone. In fact, it’s estimated that the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelance by 2027.

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  • The Benefits of Daily Work Breaks

    Daily work breaks

    The rat race is real, people.

    We are continually hammering ourselves into the ground to be the best, earn the most, and prove our value to others.

    Although it’s great to have strong ambition and pride in your work, too much pressure and commitment to the grind can do the exact opposite of what you desire.

    Whether feeling the need to be connected to work 24/7, or cramming for a university exam, we often throw sleep and self-care to the wayside in favor of pushing unrealistic expectations upon ourselves.

    The result is detrimental—lack of sleep, relaxation, and exercise can affect not only the level of your work (it’s hard to be on your A-game when you’re a worn-out mess), but can also have negative effects on your overall health.

    That’s why it’s important to take breaks during your workday.

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  • Timing 2018.4: Calendar Integration, “Weekend Mode”, Project Colors, and More!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2018.4!

    Among other things, the new version includes:

    • Calendar Integration: Timing Expert now shows meetings and other events in the timeline!
    • You can now disable tracking on weekends 😎
    • The new color picker lets you choose any color you want for your projects.
    • URL tracking support for Brave and Firefox Nightly.
    • And when you select activities in the activity list, its header will now show their total duration.

    Read on for more details on these changes!

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  • How to Re-Sign (& Renegotiate) Client Contracts

    Client contract negotiations

    It’s that time of year again. And no, we’re not talking about holiday spirit or New Year’s resolutions (though if you want to read about personal planning ahead for the upcoming year, check out our latest article: Setting & Achieving Goals for 2019).

    We’re talking about another kind of planning—the kind that pertains to companies of all sizes and shapes. We’re talking about budgeting.

    If you are a freelancer, your clients are likely busy putting together projections, goals, and contracts for the coming year.

    As a vendor, your services are currently being evaluated and discussed. Even if you are lucky enough to have a contract signed with a particular client that covers you for future months, your performance and value are still being weighed against operational costs.

    It’s the natural cycle of business—as 2018 wraps up, plans to have a more successful (read: profitable) year in 2019 are set into motion.

    That’s why it’s important to get ahead of the game, get your data together, and discuss contracts with your clients.

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  • Setting & Achieving Goals for 2019

    2019 Goals

    It’s hard to believe, but the New Year is just around the bend. As we wrap up November and charge full steam ahead toward the end of the year, it’s time to pause, take a breath, and set our intentions for 2019.

    Talking goals becomes the norm this time of year as people start to firm up their New Year’s resolutions. However, completion rates tend to be low.

    According to Inc., which cited a research study conducted by the University of Scranton, 92 percent of people who set New Year’s goals fail to achieve them.

    That’s a startling number, but don’t let it discourage you! This annual ritual of setting goals only gets a bad rap because people don’t properly set themselves up for success. It’s important not to dwell on the stats, but rather to focus on why this happens.

    Only you are in charge of putting yourself in that victorious eight percent. So let’s get to it.

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