Time keeper

Keep this simple tool around to track time spent on projects.

The old saying that "time is money" is especially true for freelancers. That's why it's important to keep an accurate account of all the time spent on specific projects. As its name suggests, TimeSheet offers a simple way to track billable time on one or more projects. It's definitely one that we'll be keeping around while we work.

The program's user interface is pretty basic, but in a good way. An online Help feature is available, but we didn't need it to jump right in and start recording our time. We entered our project's name and the specific task under the Add section, and both appeared in a tree menu in the Overview box at the bottom of the small window. TimeSheet immediately started recording our time in the Duration box as well as the Overview box. The program has a feature to automatically track your time, so it tracks whenever you start or switch back and forth between applications. When we switched from a Word document to an Excel document, a pop-up asked us to assign the new document under a new project and task or select previous assignments from drop-down menus. Our project and task assignment then appeared in the Rules feature, which let us create If-Then-But rules to recognize applications and associate them with specific projects. We especially liked the Report feature, which runs both a weekly time report and an application report; it's perfect for including with client invoices. Overall, we found TimeSheet to be a worthy tool for managing our time.

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