Time sheets are a pain in the ass. A necessary evil that is an important part of agency life.

I work on so many different projects and I am always working. I don’t do the same thing every day and I work more than 8 hours in a day. Keeping track of everything has been the bane of my existence. Spreadsheets, apps, calendars – I’ve tried everything looking for a solution that will make keeping track of my time easy.

Then I found OfficeTime.

Officetime

The first rendition of OfficeTime I tried was the iOS app. It’s nice. But I didn’t really like using my phone to keep track of my time – I found it inconvenient – so I turned to the desktop software.

It was the best decision I ever made.

OfficeTime makes keeping track of my time simple. I’ve been using it for about 4 months now and it has saved me so much time and made my life so much easier.

My workflow is to make each day a project, use the categories as job codes and populate the description with a summary of whatever I am working on. I keep the app open on my desktop all day long and just enter in what I am doing as it is happening. When not around my computer I use the iOS app, which is great, except for a lack of iCloud or other type of sync – but when I asked, they informed me that they should have a solution coming soon.

Report

Logging my time in the company timesheet program is a cinch. The reporting tool in OfficeTime is amazing. I love it how it visualizes for me how I spend my time. But my favourite part is how I can copy to clipboard and paste the data into a spreadsheet where I can easily apply filters and sort the data making it simple to copy my information into the company’s online accounting software.

Now, thanks to OfficeTime, I’m not wasting time having to go through emails and calendars to try to piece together what happened and when. Keeping track of my time and filling out my time sheets are easy because the tool is so simple in its use and it fits so well into my workflow.

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