I don’t know about you, but I usually have multiple jobs on the go which I hop between depending on deadlines, client requirements and how the mood takes me. I used to keep track of the amount of time I spent by noting the start and end times down, but realised I was spending a lot of time looking for the pad and a working pen. The I thought, “there must be an app for that” and I found My Work Clock.

My Work Clock is a very simple, free Android punching-in and -out app which records the amount of time spent on various projects. You can specify as many projects as you like, with varying rates and if whether to round up, down or not at all. You can also factor in lunch breaks (not sure what those are) and overtime (ha!).

I’ve been using it for about a year now and with the exception of the adverts that appear at the bottom of the screen, I have no complaints. It’s a doddle to work out who owes me what when I do my monthly invoicing, either by looking at the screen or emailing myself a csv file. My practice is to delete all the records once I’ve invoiced them, so I know that anything in there has not yet been billed.

It’s not just for office workers either – my builder brother is happily using it to bill his clients too. Changed his life, so he says. And no, I have nothing to do with My Work Clock or the people that made it, I just find it useful.

One word of warning – do remember to punch out. The excitement when you check your monthly earnings to date is soon tempered when you realise that you are still punched in to that 10 minute copywriting job from last Tuesday.

Do you use any apps to track your work? Or any other productivity apps? Please share in the comments.

EDIT: Since I wrote this post, I’ve received some recommendations for other time tracking apps via Facebook and Twitter, namely:

Toggl (all platforms). Free. I really like the look of this one, so I’m going to try it out for my next billing cycle.

UPDATE 30/04/2018: I tried Toggl out, and I’m now using it exclusively. There’s a great in-depth review about Toggl over on Freelance Effect if you want to know more.

Harvest (all platforms). Free one-month trial, thereafter $12/month minimum. (Thanks for the tip Jude.)

Billings Pro (Mac). Starts at $5/month.

3 thoughts on “How I track my work time”

  1. You realised you were spending a lot of time looking for the pad and a working pen! Why not just keep them in one set place then you wouldn’t need to constantly search for them! Is this article not just an advert for the app with the errant pad and pen story a feeble lead in to the need for an app.

    1. You’d think that would work, but I work in different locations all the time and don’t always remember to carry them with me. An app is just more convenient, since I always have my phone with me.

      And honestly, I have no connection whatsoever with the creators of this free app. Based on responses to this post I’m actually thinking about switching to a different one, as I mentioned in my update. Hardly a great advert for the original app.

  2. Totally identify with the pad and pen thing not working. It’s not a feeble link but a genuine problem. My house is full of pads and pens but can I find one when I need one? And then there’s the search for the bit of paper you wrote that vital phone number on. Glad I found this article again – I remembered reading it, but couldn’t remember the name of the free app! I use iwriter on my phone as a virtual notepad these days – being a bit of a punctuation geek I like the fact that the keypad allows you common symbols and signs without using the shift key.

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