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