Automate Your Time Tracking So You Spend Less Billable Time Tracking Your Time

Last Updated May 4, 2010 11:39 PM EDT

It's one of my most frustrating Catch 22s: When I need to track my time, I find that I either do a lousy job accounting my hours or I go to the other extreme and waste a lot of time in spreadsheets and keeping my eye on the clock. Bottom line: I hate time tracking.

If you're in the same boat as me, then I have some good news: I've found a clever little program which can automate a lot of your time tracking for you, freeing you to be more productive.

TimeSheet is a time tracking program that records your activities in a fairly automated manner. Not only can you easily devise rules -- when working on a particular program or file, it corresponds to this or that project -- but TimeSheet is smart enough to prompt you to make a rule when you work on something new that it has not yet tracked.

The program is a joy to use; it's unobtrusive, handles all the data logging for you (though you can take the wheel and enter data if you want to) and generates reports which you can open in Excel to help you account for your time. And, of course, it's free. [via AddictiveTips]