• 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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  • 8 Tips for Limiting Distractions to Maximize Your Productivity

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    If you’ve made the plunge into full-time freelancing, then you already know the joy and the freedom of controlling when you work and where you work. You may also know the not-so-insignificant challenge of trying to limit distractions.

    Picture this: You open your laptop, sift through your priorities, and get to work. Things are going smoothly and you are getting a great start on a full, productive day. Then, distraction sets in. Your iPhone pings with another text message, retargeting ads remind you of the new shoes you’ve been eyeing, and you decide to watch just one video on YouTube.

    You’re distracted. And even if you’re not sinking swiftly down the rabbit hole of the internet, your attention is most likely divided between your work and your iPhone…or your work and your inbox…or your work and the conversation happening at the table next to you.

    Even if you’re not a freelancer, distraction in the workplace and during work hours might still get the best of you. In fact, one study showed that the typical office worker gets interrupted or changes tasks every three minutes and five seconds. Yikes! It’s no surprise that this can take a huge toll on productive output.

    Maintaining a consistent, steady work flow is the best way to be task-oriented and ultimately successful, regardless of what you do for work, or where you work. In order to effectively limit distractions, however, you’ll need to be strategic.

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  • Timing 2019.2: Web App & API, Archiving Projects, and More!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2019.2!

    The new version includes:

    • Web/iPhone app: You can now track time on the go via web.timingapp.com, which is fully phone-optimized.
    • Siri shortcuts: We have created a few Siri shortcuts to quickly start and stop tasks from your iPhone.
    • Web API and Zapier integration: These let you integrate Timing with other services.
    • Archiving projects: You can now archive projects, which hides them in various parts of the interface and disables their rules.
    • Batch-editing task titles: Double-click a task title in Timing to quickly edit all tasks with the same title rather than just one.
    • Stop tasks started on other devices: If you e.g. start a task on your iMac, that task will also show up as running on your MacBook, letting you quickly edit or stop it from there.

    Read on for more details on all of the new features!

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  • 10 Steps for Optimizing Your Time Tracking with Timing

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    If you’re a freelancer, you probably already know that time tracking is, well, worth your time.

    On a micro-scale, time tracking gives you valuable insight into how long you spend on specific projects and activities; your most productive hours of the day; and what, if anything, may be distracting you from your priorities.

    On a macro-scale, time tracking can help you develop greater time management skills, become more productive, and earn more cash (who doesn’t want that?).

    That being said, there’s a right (and wrong) way to track your time. Tracking your time incorrectly, which often results from manual tracking or start-and-stop timers, can do you more harm than good by giving you an inaccurate picture of how you spend your precious minutes and hours.

    But by following strategic steps in your time tracking, you can get the most out of this wise and productive habit – helping you to gain more detailed, in-depth knowledge of your own work habits, speed, and level of efficiency.

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  • How to Leverage Your Time-Tracking Data for More Earnings and Better Productivity

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    Congratulations! You’ve started to successfully track your time.

    You’ve got the reporting to prove your productivity and effective time management. You know where and how you’re spending your precious minutes and hours, and at what points in the day you are most productive. You’re headed in the right direction towards effective time management.

    Now what?

    You’ve tracked your time. Now, you’re ready to leverage that valuable information to prove your worth as a professional resource, help you become a higher earner, and increase your productivity.

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  • Want to Boost Your Earning Potential? 4 Tips How

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    The average American earns $44,720 per year.

    That doesn’t sound terrible – until you factor in the reality that younger workers (between the ages of 20–24) are making $28,000 per year on average.

    No matter where you fall on the spectrum of pay in the U.S., chances are that you’d like to raise your own income up a couple of notches.

    You want to boost your earning potential….but do you believe it’s really possible?

    You might have a packed schedule, a limited educational background, or even work in a career field that doesn’t bring in a ton of cash.

    We’re not intimidated by these barriers, and neither should you be. It is possible to boost your earning potential, regardless of the stage of life you find yourself in, your current income, or your (perceived) lack of resources.

    Here are four tips on how to boost your earning potential without switching careers:

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  • The Surprising Ways in Which Insurance Can Help Freelancers

    Ashley Baxter is building With Jack, a platform that helps keep freelancers in business. Ashley enjoys sharing her experience of bootstrapping a business as a solo founder in one of the least start-up friendly industries in the world. In this guest article, she outlines why having business insurance is crucial for many freelancers.

    Insurance should be a vital part of every freelancer’s toolbox alongside invoicing and working with a contract. Despite this, I’d estimate only a quarter of freelancers are properly insured. This is because insurers do a terrible job of explaining how insurance is useful to you and the type of risks you face on a regular basis.

    We’re going to cover some of the common problems freelancers face and the role insurance plays in helping you in these situations.

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  • Recapping the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

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    Apple recently held its long awaited-for Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

    For Apple’s loyal following (including us!), this is the event of the year, where developers get to geek out and get excited about everything from fresh new products to much-needed updates.

    This year was no disappointment, as Apple made more than a few announcements that anticipate fresh new design, amped-up products, time-saving apps, and more.

    Once again, Apple is helping to make life more efficient, streamlined, and fun for their users.

    So, what new products and updates does Apple have in store for us this year?

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  • Are You Prepared for the EU’s New Time Tracking Regulations?

    Is your company meeting the new time tracking requirements set by the European court?

    On May 14, 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that European member states “must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured.”

    The ruling comes after a lawsuit by the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), a Spanish trade union, against Deutsche Bank. CCOO requested the German bank set up a system for tracking time each day, to help ensure labor laws were being met. Deutsche Bank argued against recording time due to the fact that Spanish law didn’t require it.

    Ultimately ECJ decided that, “…in the absence of a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured, it is not possible to determine, objectively and reliably, either the number of hours worked and when that work was done, or the number of hours of overtime worked, which makes it excessively difficult, if not impossible in practice, for workers to ensure that their rights are complied with.”

    This measure is essential to ensure the maximum weekly working time — including overtime and rest periods have been complied with. This protects both employers and workers by verifying whether those rights are complied with.

    Now that employees are responsible for tracking their time, are you worried about how your team will comply? Timing is the ideal solution!

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  • How to Get Screen Time for Your Mac Right Now

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    Last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) saw the exciting unveiling of macOS 10.15, which will officially be released to the public in the fall. This latest version of macOS includes plenty of useful new features, including new book apps, TV apps, music apps, and maybe most relevant to freelancers: Screen Time for Mac.

    Screen Time is still a relatively new feature that, up until now, has been exclusive to iPads and iPhones. It’s basically a time-tracking device that helps you see how much time you’re spending (or wasting) on your handheld devices – including specific applications, and even categories, such as “Entertainment,” “Productivity,” or “Social Networking.”

    One of the most valuable aspects of Screen Time is that it lets you know how much time you’re spending on a daily – or weekly – basis on your device. And, it will tell you just how much you’ve gone over or under that average.

    Not only that, but Screen Time gives you the ability to schedule time away from your device with “Downtime,” or set your own time limits for specific, time-sucking applications with “App Limits.”

    You also get to see how many times a day (or hour) that you pick up your device…and how many notifications you receive.

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