Time tracking gives you new insights (and more money)

Michiel Destoop
November 9, 2018
⏱ 2 min. read
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Time flies by, a well-known saying … But those who have a lot to deal with, never have time to spare. More productivity and a higher efficiency, that’s what marketers are dreaming about.

Do you actually know how you're spending your time? It's only by gaining insight into how much time tasks really take to complete that it's possible to make good estimations of other, new tasks. And thus, setting a realistic project planning.

Time tracking, also for those who don't have billable hours

Automatic time tracking, instead of completing timesheets, is often linked to invoicing. That's why invoicing systems such as Harvest or Teamleader have their own time tracking abilities. But also the marketer, who doesn't have to report his time hour by hour, will gain from tracking his time.

Take up the challenge of tracking your activities in detail for one month.

More often than not, it's insightful to discover where your time goes to. Meetings and consultation meetings are necessary, but at the same time, they're huge time wasters.

 

Also in the context of a team, it's interesting to say how much time is spent on certain projects. That way you can make better decisions as a marketing manager.

  • At the launch of a new project, you can look back to a similar project to make a better estimate of how long the execution of this project will take.
  • You can look for supporting tools or contractors that can overtake or speed up time-consuming tasks.

Time tracking tools

There are different tools to measure your time and make analyses of it afterward. The most interesting way is to use a time tracking tool that you can use anywhere (smartphone…) and in different applications. One of the most popular ones right now are Toggl and Clockify.  Also Husky has created integrations with both: Toggl Button and Clockify integration.

Both Toggl and Clockify just work in your browser in tens of different online applications such as Google Apps and now also in Husky. That will certainly save you a lot of typing. What's also interesting about the browser integration is that you can easily select a snippet of text in your browser, click on your right mouse button and use that text as a description for your time.

 

Alternatives for time tracking Toggl

Time tracking tool Platform Pricing
Toggl Web
Mac 
Windows
Linux
iOS
Android
Free trial
Freemium
Free (5 users)
Starting at $9/user/month
Clockify Web
Mac
Windows
Linux
iOS
Android
Free trial
Free (unlimited users)
$10/month for extra features
Freckle Web
Mac
iPhone
Free trial
Starting at $ 19/month (1 user)
TrackingTime Web
Mac
Window
iOS
Android
Free (3 users)
Starting at $4,99/user/month
Timecamp Web
Mac
Windows
Linux
iOS
Android
Free (1 user)
Starting at $ 7/user/month

 

Small teams can use Toggl and Clockify for free. In our tests, Toggl was the best, and furthermore: teams with fewer than 5 participating users can use Toggl freely.

Tomatoes of 25 minutes

Don't work against time, but use time as your ally. The pomodoro technique, for instance, helps you to use your town efficiently and keep your performing levels as high as possible. With this technique, you work in time stretches of 25 minutes (a 'pomodoro') very focused on a well-defined task. These 25 minutes are interchanged with a 3 minutes break, after which a new period of 25 minutes can be started. After the fourth time, you can take a longer break.

The name 'pomodoro' originates from using a tomato shaped timer, which was used by the inventor of the pomodoro technique.

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