Those in business and sports know well the adage, “Performance measured is performance improved.” That’s why companies track sales, customers, and employees for performance. Ditto for those in sports. How about you? By tracking the time you devote to tasks each day you can improve productivity and efficiency. You just need the right tool– one that’s affordable, simple to setup and use, and that captures just what you need. Time on tasks.
That’s ‘hr.’ Yes, ‘hr’ as in lowercase HR. If there’s a more elegant task timer app available for the Mac I haven’t found it yet.
hr resides in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s available from within whatever app you’re using at the moment. Click to add a new task (or, use keyboard shortcuts). Organize tasks into categories of projects. Finished tasks can be archived.
hr is smart enough to know when you’ve stopped working on your Mac and can be set to idle while you’re away. But it’s the hr interface that’s the most attractive and useful component. If a task timer isn’t easy to use, tasks don’t get timed.
Click to view Categories of tasks. Within each category, tasks can be moved and rearranged as needed. Simply click the Play button to begin recording the time on a selected task. One click reveals progress time on a task. Another click reveals total tasks and total time for a category of tasks. You can also add notes to a task, and then export the whole shebang as a standard CSV file to open in a spreadsheet or billing application.
The only thing missing in hr is an option to save data automatically to iCloud or Dropbox to be shared between Macs (iMac on desktop vs. MacBook Air on the road). Otherwise, there’s not an easier or prettier way to track time without a huge learning curve. It’s just that simple.