For many of us who do work for others and charge by the hour, time is money. That means we need to track every minute and attach the work we do to a task, project, and client. That’s easier said than done, but the math is inescapable. Tracked time means more money.
For Mac users who track their working hours because it means money in the bank, there are tools like Timelime. Not Timeline. TimeLIME. As in lemonLIME. Timelime. It’s a time tracking app for freelancers, independent contractors, or anyone who needs to track time on a task for a project for hire.
What makes Timelime worthy is the easy to use Menubar access, and the time-tracked-to-a-task details collected within the app.
Here’s an example of tasks viewed from the Mac’s Menubar.
Each task displays the total number of minutes or hours for the week, the overall total, and click reveals even more details. Plus, right from the Menubar, you can reorder tasks within a project to focus on what you need to be doing now.
It also displays a running total of billable time for the day.
All the details for every task in every project are collected and displayed in the full app. Tasks and projects to the left sidebar, calendar in the center, details for each item on the right.
To the far right is the navigation bar which displays Timings and Charts. Yes, there’s a little eye candy so you can see how much money you’re making for how much work you’re doing.
Easily add details and notes to each task and timing. Group tasks by drag and drop (tasks usually make up projects for clients). The Calendar view lets you schedule the day’s work.
Everything about Timelime smacks of someone who understands how creative people, contractors, and anyone who charges for services by the hour truly works– all in the most pleasant, Mac-like interface I’ve seen to date.
Caveats? Yes. A few. There’s no invoice module so you’ll still need to export your details to an invoicing app. There’s no trial version, either. It’s Mac App Store or nothing, and that’s a shame. Try-before-you-buy is necessary for an app like Timelime. It’s not expensive, but it’s not throwaway money, either.