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Old 02 February 2013   #1
Time management software or website?

Hi,
For a few months, i was working two or three projects in the same time as a freelancer. And i realized i wasn't good at seperating hours for each project and my personal works. So i need some kind of a third eye which will track my time and at the of the week or month, it will tell me what did i do for each project.

i am sure this is a common problem and there must be some kind of a solition other then self management

thank you!
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Old 02 February 2013   #2
Sure plenty of tools for that, you could build a tracker in Excel or use a tool like Microsoft Project (or open source alternative). You will need to keep it updated though.

The good thing about Project is you can set up dependencies and timelines, essentially you need to "quantify" the work. So one week on modelling 3 days texturing etc. That way if you over run in one area you can see how it impacts the final target date.

The Key to keeping focused is quantifying what you do, you set out in advance how long it will take and stick to it. This is what happens in a work environment, otherwise you will just be working in a persistent state, that whole freelance thing of work never starts or ends. :/
 
Old 02 February 2013   #3
Hey man,

If you know a little Python or some jQuery, you could make your own. Eveyone likes to visualize and manage their time in a different way, so you might not find a pre existing solution that meets your needs exactly.

But excel is a good place to start, as a lot of managers seem to like having an excel sheet. It lets them see how long certain task took, so they can better plan for future projects.

-AJ
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Old 02 February 2013   #4
There are quite a few programs that can help you out in this area, many of which have an entry level status that's free. But they do all require some element of user needs in terms of logging time - punching in/punching out - that sort of thing.

Examples:
http://www.paymo.biz/ - I use this one; feature rich but I'm not a fan of the UI
http://www.getharvest.com/ - Gorgeous UI, but the mac widget has gotten very poor reviews for sucking up unnecessary processor cycles, which was enough to turn me away
http://bestinvoicingapp.com/ - looked into this one for a bit, not really sure why I chose against it in the end
 
Old 02 February 2013   #5
I use Trello. It's a free Agile-like task board. They also have iOS apps that you can use to access your account. I don't know if it'll meet your requirements, but it keeps me organized and planned.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #6
on OS X, Vitamin-R is well liked:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/vit...402438916?mt=12
 
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