July 1, 2022

Why Should I Track my Time (other than to Make my Boss Happy)?

We know that if you’re busy getting your everyday work done, filling timesheets is the least of your problems.

However, tracking your time every day – and making it part of your daily workflow – can be beneficial.

Let’s see how!

We know that the timesheets task is often a cumbersome, bureaucratic hassle that just wastes your precious time.

This is why we built a tool that removes all the frictions and lets you track time with just un click of a button.

We did it because we understand the struggle.

Before building Timeneye, our small company was a small software agency juggling multiple tasks and projects. We were growing fast, which was great, but that meant always chasing after deadlines.

We found that time tracking helped us immensely: with the tool we built, finally, we knew what was taking away most of our time instead of just guessing. 

We’re sure that, after you’ve given it a try, tracking your time on a daily basis will be a) super easy for you, and 2) truly useful to your daily productivity!

(And, just so you know, our tool Timeneye doesn’t support screenshots, keystroke logging, or any other privacy-invasive features. We believe in transparency, not spying!)

Tracking your time: benefits for productivity and beyond 

Benefit #1: Keeps you organized 

When you track your daily tasks, you know how you spend your time.

Having this information can help you keep organized. You’ll see what projects, clients, or tasks occupy most of your days. 

If you work under strict deadlines, it’ll be more likely that you can actually finish the job in time and report to your manager.

Benefit #2: Keeps you focused

Multitasking doesn’t really work, unfortunately. The reason is that our brains are not meant for focusing on more than one task at the same time: this is an urban myth, actually.

When you work on a task while tracking time for it, you’re more likely to do one thing at a time and devote your full focus.

You can also couple time tracking with some popular productivity techniques like time blocking, or the Pomodoro method.

Benefit #3: Helps you estimate tasks

If you get into the habit of tracking time, you’ll be more prepared to answer the classic, fateful question “How long will it take?” from your manager.

You can have an idea of how much time each of your work tasks takes. You can also document  

your past work and provide evidence of the estimates you make, thanks to the timesheets you record.

Benefit #4: Keeps you in control of your schedule

Knowing exactly what you worked on a daily basis is crucial to keeping track of your daily work.

Even the most organized, “I-have-an-elephant’s-memory” type of person can get totally lost in the hustle and bustle of busy days, and have trouble recollecting what they did a month, a week, or even a day or two before. It’s simply too much information that our brain cannot handle.

Time tracking software, and a visual one like Timeneye in particular, helps workers know exactly how they spent their week, what they worked on, and for how long.

Conclusion

More often than not, tracking time at work is seen as a pointless administrative task. And sometimes that is the case, especially when time tracking is not correctly implemented on the workplace, or it’s done using the wrong setup.

However, with the right tools like time tracking software, a transparency-first approach, and the correct mindsets, managers and employees alike can benefit from tracking time, both in the company and in the personal productivity departments.

Stefania

Marketing Manager at Timeneye. She’s passionate about technology and finding better, smarter ways to work. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and belting out tunes from Broadway musicals (although the neighbours don’t seem to appreciate that). Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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