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Hours: Elegant Time Tracking

A month ago, I wrote about tracking task time, various tools I have used, and my interest in a new app called Hours. I promised a follow up post about Hours based on my experience with it. This is that post.

Shifting to Hours was easy and has made my work time much more productive. Among my many clients, projects, and gigs, I can easily track time spent on each when its work takes place.

Hours Tracking, Then & Now

For WT, where I work in several areas that need to be tracked separately, I previously would input each bit of time on my timesheet immediately after it happened. Then, I would reset the timer and start again when shifting to another area.

In Hours, I have one timer for each area, color-coded by client, and tap a timer’s clock button each time I want to start it or switch to it. Now, only once or twice a week I visit the Hours Reporting screen to transfer data to my WT timesheet.

Hours has been updated once since its release last month. Tapity added the “easiest” among most-requested features: under the date shown, the total time worked on that day.

Hours Color CodingHours Today's TimersHours Reporting

Future of Hours

I and others have submitted a wealth of other feedback to Tapity’s community forum and we look forward to the developer implementing many more features in Hours. Among my top requests:

  1. a way to organize timers in categories, folders, or some kind of hierarchy
  2. respect for the first day of the week as set on the iPhone (I start my week on Monday)
  3. rounding to three-minute increments (equal to 0.05 hour)
  4. the ability to zoom the timeline to review previous time slots

Hours has a lot of room to grow and become even more useful. However, it can already be a tremendous timesaver. Do you need to track time spent on more than one job, project, or work area? I highly recommend Hours to you. Download it here!

Ben

Ben

Mac + Sustainability Coach at Sustainable Computing
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