During our weekly class discussion, the topic of time tracking for the App Jam came up and I had realized I wasn’t approaching the issue with a professional attitude. Just marking the time on a notepad and then transferring it to an excel worksheet wasn’t the most efficient approach. Of course the really question, “Was I really getting all the time entered?”. The again, it wasn’t really easy to visualize how I was really spending on the App Jam.
I had been using Salesforce for time management at work but that was enterprise time tracking software. One of the group mentioned they were using Harvest but it only came with a 30 day trial and I have a way to justify the investment on top of the other monthly expenses to which I was already committed.
Then I happened across Clockify, ( https://clockify.mehttps://clockify.me ) a simple but efficient web-app with free tier that allows covers all my basic needs. Clockify also has a browser extension, desktop app and a mobile app. They support Firefox and Chrome, Apple, Windows and Linux on the desktop and iOS and Android for mobile. It has time tracking, reports, teams, tags and client billing. I have been using it for tracking my App Jam progress and it’s given me a better picture of how I’ve been spending my time. Now I just need to work on balance. Small steps.