Being an attorney can be rewarding, lucrative, and fulfilling–and it can also be incredibly time-consuming. Many attorneys regularly log 12+ hour days–with only a fraction of that time being billable (one study showed that lawyers bill only 2.3 hours a day, on average).
That being the case, time management is of utmost importance to attorneys. With a heavy load of responsibilities, a variety of tasks, and a range of clients/projects, they can benefit enormously from using tools and developing strategies to maximize their personal efficiency. The end result? A balanced and effective approach to personal productivity–and maybe even a shorter workday.
Do you often finish your days wishing you could have been just a little more productive? Perhaps you had three main goals you wanted to achieve at work, a couple of errands to run, and hopefully enough time to squeeze in a workout and dinner at home with your significant other. But the day got the best of you; your plans, hijacked by curveballs at work, unexpected phone calls, and the lure of Netflix and a glass of wine over the gym.
While the above scenario is certainly relatable for most of us, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. A new productivity trend called microscheduling is helping people to ruthlessly stay on task and meet their goals every day of the week by scheduling out small increments of time throughout the entire day.
Is it a bit extreme? Yes–and it doesn’t come without drawbacks. But is it exceptionally effective? You bet.
In the following article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this radical approach to time management…and how you can adapt it for your own life, to increase your overall productivity and efficiency.
With so many time-tracking apps available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Which apps are user-friendly and convenient? Which apps are worth the cost? And how do you choose the app that will perform the best?
Before making a decision about a time-tracking app, you’ll want to ask yourself what you’re specifically looking for out of time-tracking. Click To Tweet It might be the case that you’re looking for a more general overview of your time in order to reach time-usage goals. Or, you might be seeking a more in-depth time management system that helps you effectively juggle multiple clients and projects. Or maybe, you’d like something that offers a little bit of both.
In any case, you’ll want to weigh your options carefully. This week, we’re taking a deep dive into two popular time-tracking apps – RescueTime and our very own Timing – to compare features and capabilities…and help you decide what will be best for you.
Is being a highly productive person instinctive – a natural-born trait that some people have and others don’t? Or is it the result of developing great habits and strategically using the right tools?
Here at Timing, we’re in the latter camp. Productivity – key to higher income, more free time, and general peace of mind – can be learned and maintained. That’s great news for those of us who often struggle to focus, or who finish most work days wondering where all the time went. But even professionals who consider themselves decently productive can always improve. In fact, it might even be possible for some to attain a coveted 4-hour workday (or 4-hour workweek!) with the right strategies.
We believe that all it takes is 14 days for you to see significant change in your time usage, improve your habits, and develop better habits toward being a more productive person.
Here’s how to use Timing’s free 14-day trial to assess your current habits, strategically approach your time usage, and set new goals for being a more productive professional.
If you’re still working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, then give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve made it over two months carrying on your professional life as best as you can from your kitchen table. You’ve probably faced distractions and challenges you never thought possible – like screaming toddlers, toilet paper crises, and conflict with your spouse/roommate/partner over who has to go to the grocery store. Still, you’ve made it this far. The question is, have you used time-tracking to do so?
Automatic time-tracking software can be a game-changing strategy for anyone working from home – whether you regularly worked remotely even pre-pandemic, or your job is transitioning you to a permanent state of work from home. By automatically logging your working hours and minutes, automatic time-tracking helps you stay accountable to your goals (and employer, if applicable), focused on the task at hand, and perhaps most importantly, aware of your own productivity.
Here’s how automatic time-tracking with Timing can help you slay your goals and keep winning the battle.
Congratulations! You’ve taken the leap to become a solopreneur. Most likely, you’re seeing a long-term vision or dream come to life. Expect an exciting, fulfilling ride with lots of hard work and well-earned profits.
That being said, getting started as a solopreneur can be extremely overwhelming. All of a sudden, you’re responsible for setting up every aspect of a profitable business – including scheduling and time-tracking, all communications, website hosting, marketing, accounting, and more. To launch your business as a solopreneur, you’ll want to be prepared with a suite of tools that will help ensure your success. Click To Tweet
Here are a few that can help you to automate administrative processes, establish effective workflows, and strategize on how to successfully market your product or service.
Most freelancers have multiple clients–14 on average, according to one study. Having a range of clients can certainly be a gift in that it provides multiple streams of income (and referrals) and diversity in both work and experience. Still, having multiple clients also poses significant challenges, including keeping track of separate hours worked, invoicing correctly, and efficiently managing time to meet multiple deadlines (to name just a few).
To succeed at juggling multiple clients, freelancers need tools and strategies to remain organized and efficient. Click To Tweet In this article, we’ll take a look at how automatic time-tracking with Timing can help freelancers effectively juggle clients, manage their workload, and even grow their businesses.
Bianca Johnson started Wahm Workspace to provide virtual assistance for creatives who want to spend a little more time on their craft, and a little less time on things like posting on social media, responding to emails, or bookkeeping. You can imagine then, that as the lead VA in her own business, Bianca has got a heavy administrative load herself. What’s her secret to staying on top of the ball with multiple clients and a near-endless list of tasks? Time-tracking.
That being said, it hasn’t always been easy to find the right kind of time-tracking tool to measure, label, and organize hours spent on tasks like inbox management or web development. “I tried them all,” said Bianca of various time-tracking tools. Finding most of them “clunky” and unhelpful, however, led Bianca on a quest for the perfect time-tracker: a tool that would give her optimized results while still allowing her to remain mostly hands-off.
When Bianca discovered Timing, she found an automatic time-tracker that produced fine-tuned results. Unlike the majority of time-tracking tools, she didn’t have to continually switch gears throughout the day to make sure her time-tracking app was accurately capturing her working hours and minutes. Not only that, she discovered that Timing generated powerful, detailed reports she could use with clients in a range of situations. Finally, she found she could take on more clients (and more income) by utilizing a few simple strategies to optimize her results.
Here is how Timing has helped Bianca to scale up Wahm Workspace and get better results for both her and her clients.
Editing video and audio content is uniquely detailed work. As anyone who has spent two hours working on a 5-minute clip knows, there’s a lot that goes into producing that video or Podcast episode. That’s why professionals like podcast producers and video editors need extraordinary focus, meticulous attention to detail, and lastly, a keen sense of timing.
But these creatives don’t just need to know how to time things right. They also need external tools to help them track their own working hours. In this article, we’ll take a look at why automatic time-tracking can be so beneficial to video editors and podcast producers; specific time-tracking strategies for these creatives; and features to look for in a time-tracking system.
Kayla Matthews, a productivity-obsessed writer from Pittsburgh, has been writing for nearly a decade about self-improvement and business efficiency. You can see her articles on sites like MakeUseOf, Inc.com, Information Age, and her blog, ProductivityTheory.com.
Are you managing your time in the best ways? Self-employment and remote work can come with an abundance of benefits. But they can also come with the pesky issue of time management.
Time management isn’t just about time, either. It overflows into productivity, profits, stress, planning and so much more. Finding a balance in it all is the most important thing you can do.
Whether you have been freelancing for years or just started working from home due to the current crisis, read on for hacks that will help you with time management!