• Time-Tracking Hacks for Students

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    One of the joys of being a student is managing your own time. If you’re a night owl, you can study until 2 AM and sleep in. If you’re an early bird, you can frontload all your work into the first half of your day, and be finished by 1 PM. But time management for students can be tricky, especially with distractions from your social life, extracurriculars, and more.

    Thankfully, there are hacks to time management that still help you create the lifestyle you’re looking for. These strategies can even raise your grades, help you meet your academic goals, and cut down time spent in the library.

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  • How to Manage Your Team’s Projects and Times with Timing and Zapier

    Two weeks ago, we explained how you can use Timing with Zapier to streamline your billing process. Today, we will build on these foundations to help you manage your team’s projects and times through Zapier. If you are unfamiliar with the process of connecting Timing to Zapier, have a look at that article for a detailed example.

    In particular, you can have Zapier automatically create projects for each of your team members, then send their tracked time to a shared Google Sheet for reporting. That way, you can quickly consolidate your time tracking and billing in one place.

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  • How Timing’s “Tasks” Feature Can Make Your Time Tracking More Useful

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    The ultimate goal of Timing is to give you time-tracking results that are accurate and useable. That’s why Timing has created a special function to help you fine-tune your time-tracking: Creating Tasks.

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  • How to Streamline Your Billing Process with Zapier and Timing

    One of the most common questions we hear at Timing is: How can I bill my clients for the time I track with Timing?

    Thanks to the Timing Web App and its Zapier integration, we now have a much better answer to this question. Our Zapier integration lets you send your times to hundreds of other billing and time tracking services, such as FreshBooks, Quickbooks, Toggl, and many more!

    Zapier is a web service that lets you connect thousands of apps, sending data from one service to another. For example, you can use the Timing web app together with Zapier to automatically export tasks, create projects, and even post messages to Slack when you start a task. Zapier automatically processes your data in the background, so you can keep focusing on your work at all times. Simply set your “Zap” once and forget about it — no extra work on your end.

    Read on for a step-by-step guide on using Zapier to send your Timing tasks to FreshBooks for invoicing. This process works just as well for a whole lot of other invoicing apps, of course! Plus, we’ll inspire you with several more ideas for integrating your Timing data with other apps.

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  • A Deep Dive into Screen Time for macOS 10.15

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    If you’re using macOS 10.15, then you most likely already know about this brand-new operating system’s time-tracking system: Screen Time.

    Screen Time for Mac is an exciting new crossover from Screen Time for the iPhone and iPad, which has already helped some of us gain surprising (and sometimes scary) insight into how long we’re spending on Instagram, and how often we pick up our phones per day (or hour).

    No doubt about it: Screen Time for the iPhone has been a game-changer, and we’re feeling more productive, focused, and disciplined as a result of gaining in-depth knowledge about our iPhone usage.

    Does Screen Time for Mac deliver the same kinds of results?

    In this article, we’re taking a deep dive into Screen Time for Mac, and looking at the features, benefits, and limitations of this new tool for time management.

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  • Tips for Increasing Your Time Efficiency as a Freelancer

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    Whether you are paid per-project or per-hour, being efficient with your time is critical to your success as a freelancer. But time efficiency is not as easy to attain as it sounds. With “time sucks” waiting at every corner (and click), the average freelancer is susceptible to being distracted, slowed down, and ultimately, robbed of income on a daily (and hourly) basis.

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  • How to Identify Your Flow Using Time-Tracking

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    “Flow” is a term that you may have heard thrown around quite a bit, but are you sure you know exactly what it is? It sounds undoubtedly positive, suggesting a state of effortless output and profound enjoyment. At the same time, flow sounds a bit nebulous. What is it, exactly? And most importantly, how do you identify your flow?

    Think of it this way: Some days, you are super-productive and hyper-focused, so concentrated that you seem to lose track of hours passing, mealtimes, and the need to sleep. Other days, you feel like you are grinding away, maybe even fighting distraction while you try to work.

    The first scenario, of course, is you in a state of flow – accomplishing your goals, checking off tasks, and enjoying work so much that it doesn’t feel like a slog. The second is you outside of flow – grinding away at your checklist while you attempt to stay off your iPhone.

    Of course, you can’t always be in your flow, ideal as that would be. Still, there are certain ways to identify your flow, foster a flow-inducing environment, and get your best work done while you’re focused, goal-oriented, and maybe even having fun.

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  • Automate Time Tracking on your iPhone with Timing and Siri Shortcuts

    Two weeks ago, we covered how you can use the Timing Web App to start and stop tasks on the go. Today, you will learn how you can use Siri shortcuts to start and stop tasks, without having to open the web app at all. This means you can start tracking even faster than before — no time wasted loading the web app.

    You can even come up with a custom voice command to open your shortcut — “do work”, “get it done”, “every day I’m hustling” — are all perfectly acceptable options. There’s nothing like commanding your phone to “get er done” at the start of a meeting…

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  • A Breakdown to Setting Your Rates as a Freelancer

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    One of the most significant benefits of working for yourself is setting your own rates. One of the biggest drawbacks of working for yourself is also… setting your own rates. Setting freelance rates is both an advantage (hello, higher income!) and a burden (what the heck do I charge?!).

    Charge too much for an hourly rate or a project, and you risk losing a client or a job. Charge too little, and you risk losing time and money on a project that doesn’t pay you what you’re worth.

    We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Setting freelance rates is a challenge, and it doesn’t necessarily become easier as you advance in your career, gain experience, or increase your income. Still, there are a number of strategies and principles to keep in mind when setting your rates, so that you can strike a balance and get the most out of every client or project.

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  • Track Time on the Go with the Timing Web App — Right from Your iPhone!

    With our recent Timing 2019.2 update, you can now access your Timing data via our new web app. This means that you can now track your time with Timing from anywhere!

    To access the web app, simply visit web.timingapp.com. There, you can start and stop tasks right from the home page — yet another way to keep track of your time, regardless of which device you are using right now.

    I especially love this feature for phone calls or on-site meetings, and even when I’m researching work-related tasks via Google on my phone. Let’s face it, we need a time tracking app that works where you work.

    There are two super easy ways to start tracking your time from the phone web app:

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