Recently I had a few projects where I was the one who was responsible keeping track of the time being spent on the tasks. At the end I had to know how many hours we spent with editing, mixing, etc. Who really knows me might just laughing right now as I’m very famously forget everything related to time. Birthdays, important dates, historical dates, pretty much everything. So I’m not the best person to keep track of things like this, but this time I had no choice.
There’s an app for that
As soon as my first panic attack went away, I remembered the marketing line from Apple: “there’s an app for that…” so I started to search the AppStore for possible solutions. I needed something that’s:
- easy to use
- doesn’t require complicated setup
- can keep track of spent time on different task
- can remind me to use it
I know that the last point might sound ridiculous to you, but it’s a fact, I needed something that reminds me to use it.
And I’ve found the aptly named Hours.
This is really a great app for me. It’s dead easy to use, requires very basic setup, and, most importantly you can set reminders inside the app!
I keep it very simple. For example I made two tasks: Edit and Mix. You can set the amount of time you spent with a task, or you can simply tap the clock icon and it’s immediately start to count time. Don’t forget to stop when you finish, but other than this, you don’t need to pay attention to the app.
Make a task list and always measure only what you really do. After the fact, you can create a complete report which can be as simple as a usual work clock, or you can create a detailed one with notes. Reports can be daily, weekly, monthly, whatever fit your needs.
If you’re a tweaky kind of person, you can set up time format, rounding rules and of course, reminders.
I hope you find it as useful as me.