timr is very flexible and let’s you track your working and project times in many different ways. For ourselves, we track our times now since more than 6 years using timr. In this time we figured out our own timr best practice that perfectly supports our needs. Maybe this would also be a good solution how to use timr for your needs.
Track Working and Project Time
In the morning, as soon as I’m in the office, the first thing that I do on my computer is to start the timr working time tracking. Then I start reading emails and IT-News. As soon as I’m ready I start becoming “productive” and that means that I start the timr project time tracking for the project I’m going to work on.
timr remains always open in the browser and as long as I don’t need it, it’s in the background.
If I get a phone call from a customer which needs support, I switch to timr as soon as I realize that this phone call would last more than e.g. 3 minutes. I stop the current project time tracking and start to track the phone call for the project that the call is related to. This goes very fast and parallel to the phone call. As soon as the phone call is done, I stop this project time and add a comment what the call was about. You could also add e.g. 5 minutes to the phone call’s project time since this call interrupted your work and flow for the last project, the customer that interrupted you might pay for it, not the customer whose work was interrupted.
If I have to go to a customer during the day, I stop my timr working time tracking for ‘office time’ and start it with the working time type ‘business travel’. Depending on whether I can bill the customer for the travel or not, I start project time tracking for the project when I leave the office or as soon as I’m at the customer’s site. When I finished the work I stop the project time and add a comment what I did. Back at the office I stop the working time for ‘business travel’, create a comment in which town I was (to calculate my daily allowance) and start the working time again for ‘office time’. In the evening I stop the working time and my whole day at work has been tracked.
If you like, you can make a distinction between working and project/task time tracking. If you are only interested in the time that you can bill your customers, project time tracking will be enough. If you’d like to know how much time you spend at work and how much time of that is billable, you should track working and project times! It’s also no problem to start with project time tracking and as soon as you realize that you’d also like to know your total working time, additionaly start to track working times. Work time tracking also helps you to know how much time you spent in the office or in the field due to the working time types.