Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tracking Time with WorkTime

One of the toughest challenges we have in consulting is not doing the things we enjoy like developing and creating solutions it is tracking the time it takes to do those tasks.
In my everlasting quest to find an application that tracks everything I do by reading my brain I found something pretty close. An application called WorkTime is a very innocuos little application that tracks what you are working on and the documents you are working along with a time stamp and a ton of reports.

The application can be found on a company called NeterSoft's web site:

I combine that will a nice little application that easily exports my Windwos Mobile phone log called CallHistory export which is located here:
I have a custom spreadsheet that I used to tweak the CallHistory download and provide an easier to read report and I plan on adding graphs to it. I can upload it if requested.

Lastly, I utilize my Exchange Calendar to track my external meetings and voila, you have about 90 percent of my workday covered and I can usually track the rest from memory.

I tried Microsoft's Journal and it does not do a good job of providing easy to use reports or track non-Microsoft applications, and I really liked this new application called RescueTime, but it does not do a good job of telling me what I worked on during a certain period of time.

I'm a big fan of WorkTime and hope to post some more tips and tricks in how to use it.

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