Whether you’re a freelancer or someone working a 9-5 job, you know you have to keep your productivity up. There are so many distractions out there, especially when you’re working at home, that can seriously put a dent in the amount of time you have until a project is due.
It all starts when your friend posts something interesting on Facebook, you suddenly remember a YouTube video you’ve been wanting to watch, then you get carried away, and suddenly you realize that the hour you just allocated for yourself disappeared into the abyss. Little do you know that you can actually use the same computer that distracts you to keep track of your online time. There are online time tracking applications that let you focus on what you have to do with amazing results.
List of Online Time Tracking Apps
- Tick – Web-Based Time Tracker: Tick is a very nice application for simple time management. The only pet peeve I have with this is that it sits in a tab on your browser. There’s nothing you can do to put any focus on the time you have left to complete something without going to the page itself. It’s useful, though, if you’re not good at working under pressure, since it doesn’t bother you all the time with a ticking clock. You can see the app here.
- Toggl (Comes With A Desktop Version): Toggl is a unique time tracking system designed to cater to a freelancer who’s billing by the hour. That’s not necessarily its only use, though. Let’s say you’re curious about how much time you’re taking up on a project. You can time yourself and find out! The application is both web-based and runs on a desktop. If you like Tick, you might want to try this one out. The desktop version can help you focus better on how much time you’ve been using. However, I still don’t like the fact that it doesn’t count down. This time manager only counts up from the moment you punch the clock. It can be useful if you’re curious about how much time you’re taking up on a task, but it’s not useful if you want to hurry yourself up. Psychologically, you’re still going to take all the time you need if you don’t see a clock ticking backwards. If you like what you hear, you can find out more on their website.
- Focus Booster: This is, by far, the most powerful timekeeper I use. Focus Booster not only has a neat non-intrusive desktop version, but it also counts down from the time I set it at. This time manager can help you put on your thinking cap and flex your muscles. Its desktop version is also always on top by default, showing you its clock menacingly at all times. It’s a perfect application for someone who’s known to slack a bit once in a while, and the color is enough to tell you how much you have to hurry up. It transforms from a light green to yellow, to orange, to red as the timer gets closer to its finishing point. Focus Booster works as the perfect coach for people who are obsessive enough to complete a deadline when faced with a ticking clock, but don’t have the motivation necessary to get on the grind continuously. You can also specify how long you want your breaks to be, so you don’t have to go through burnout from “all work and no play.” If you want something like this, visit Focus Booster’s site.
If you know any other better timekeepers, leave a comment below for all the readers to check it out! Don’t forget to include a URL!