Whether you are rich or poor, time is the only resource that is equally distributed among all of us. You cannot store it or save for later use. You cannot put it in a bank waiting for easy profit. Time is only valuable here & now. It’s up to you whether to waste it or use it effectively & stay productive, both at work & at home.
Have you ever come to the conclusion that the less time you have the more you can manage to do? Sounds weird? But it proves to be true. People tend to procrastinate everything from cooking breakfast to finishing up an important presentation. However, once you have a time limit for a big workload – you can summon up your inner resources to have that all done in time.
Have you ever thought why people keep grumbling about the necessity to log their working time & keeping their timesheets up-to-date? The point is that people don’t see the reason why it’s important for them, not their employer. Let’s figure it out.
Whether you are a freelancer or a full-time employee, just put yourself for a second in your employer’s shoes. Dozens of projects and even hundreds of employees. So many people – so many skills. It takes me 1 hour to fix the bug, while you can do it in 15 minutes. It’s you who knows your skills and can reasonably estimate the required time. What’s more, if you never tracked your time you will hardly manage to provide clear & exact estimates. Being a good estimator comes with years of experience, practice & knowledge. After you set your personal estimates you should keep up with the deadline. If you miss the deadline – your estimates were wrong & in this case not only you fail with the task, but the whole team that relies on you.
Providing clear estimates is particularly crucial for freelancers. If your colleagues can’t check your progress & can’t help you with the issue you get stuck into you should keep them regularly updated about your progress. Thus, they can only track & evaluate your results by the timesheets. If you missed the deadline you can then analyze the timesheet together to figure out what went wrong & how to avoid it next time.
But don’t get trapped, that time tracking is only for freelancers. Indeed, if you work in the office, do you know how many tasks you can complete today if you’ve never estimated them?
Imagine, that you have a set of prioritized tasks to complete. However, every day you may face some urgent tasks to be done right away. Of course, you can stick to your initial plan & attend to them later on, but will you call this attitude professional?
Indeed, you can select a work-oriented approach:
- Evaluate your current workload & fit the urgent tasks in your plan;
- Negotiate it with your lead if the urgency requires overtime;
- Change priorities to fix the critical issues first;
- Review your plan to delegate some tasks to another team member.
That’s why it’s so important to provide accurate estimates: when you know the limits – you have so many worthy options to choose from.
How can Everhour help you manage your time?
First and foremost, tracking time with Everhour helps you stick to the tasks planned instead of moving from task to task until your working day is over. Indeed, when you know your estimates you can make the most of your working time and complete the original plan. Finally, tracking time ends up in the habit of scheduling your activities, thus helping you become more organized & “make your time” rather than waste it.
If you have a lot to do, just plan it carefully, track the time spent and do your best to cut down on time-wasters. It’s as easy as it sounds with Everhour.
Every time entry is a new step towards delivering timely & quality results. Whether you are a freelancer or a team player, you’ll be more efficient & professional when you know your limits and can provide clear & reasonable estimates.
Figure out your time wasters first
Can’t help commenting on Facebook posts? Endless phone calls & Skype chatting? Reading the latest news in the gaming industry? This is not a whole list of the most common time wasters, to be more exact – your life wasters. No way these are the habits appreciated by employers, while professional approach to working time is a particularly valuable quality.
Wanna chat with a friend? – Great! Arrange a coffee-meeting after work. Willing to keep up with Facebook updates? – Check them out when you have a short break & remember to log the time spent in Everhour. Sounds like a total control? It can be from the very start. If your time has been out of your control for years it won’t be easy to force yourself managing it. But as soon as you start caring about your time as much as you care about money spent, you’ll soon develop the feeling of self-discipline when you know your time limits.
If you strive to spend time more productively, to find time for your favorite leisure activities, friends & family – it’s high time you stopped wasting time surfing through the Internet & started planning & tracking your daily activity.
Anyway, you won’t lose anything if you try. Just track a couple of days & see for yourself how it works.
Have you ever had a problem with delivering time report at work? If you are not used to tracking your working activity you’ll spend hours recalling what you’ve done over the recent week/month & how time-consuming it was. And you’ll most probably miss something, thus your reporting will be wrong & misleading for your team. That’s why we believe that reporting is an inseparable part of any business process & it must be accurate & professional. Of course, daily reporting is a routine, but at Everhour we do our best to optimize the process & make it as easy & clear as possible.
Check out your benefits with Everhour.
Report in 1 Click
With Everhour you can create your daily-weekly-monthly reports in a single click & review your activity over a given period, by a particular issue, by any team member, manage your billable hours and export your data to the accounting system.
Analysis & Automatization
All successful companies own their success to their employees and constant analysis & improvement of their business processes. Due to the reports and statistics gathered with the help of Everhour you can conduct a deep analysis of the project on each stage & use these results to avoid any bottlenecks in future.
By using @mentions and #issues you can trace the contribution of each team member in the common result over the desired time period.
Report Status Check
When working on a team project with Everhour there’s no need for you to distract your colleagues to check each other’s status on particular issues. With Everhour this information is available in reports that you can generate when you need it & even export them in a Google spreadsheet if you prefer.
It’s important not only to gather stats but also to use it properly. You can use the report information for retrospective meetings to discuss with your team how successful their work has been & how you can further improve the process to help every team member spend their time efficiently.
Are you still hesitating whether you need a special time tracker? Stop thinking – just check it out! Take a quick peek over Everhour, try out its intuitive interface & make your routine more productive & better organized!