We all know this. You come to work in the morning and by time you are leaving, the last task of the day is to fill up your Timesheet – what you work on and how much time you spent on each task. And I will not lie – I always struggled with this. I never knew how much time I spent on what and I also found out, that my time estimation was always wrong – I spent more time than I thought.
I was trying to find out any solution for this – I’ve used paper where I tried to write time when I started new project, I tried to use any kind of application to keep tracking my hours, but nothing worked for me.
At the end, I tried Harvest – Simple Online Time Tracking Software and I finally found the solution which works for me.
The idea of the article is not to present Harvest as itself – you can go to the internet and find more information about this tool, but to give you and idea how I use it.
One thing to mention now – I am using Harvest for my every day job, tracking my working hours in the company and also tracking my hours for my private client and still, free subscription is enough for me.
You might say – ah ok, so you do not work on many different projects, but the truth is, that I do and I use a little trick to manage it completely with Harvest.
Harvest free subscription comes with 2 projects, 4 clients, and unlimited invoicing for 1 user and believe or not, it’s enough for me. So how do I use the Harvest?
As mentioned above, I have 2 projects to use – so I created
- Company projects
- Private projects
The great thing that is not mentioned anywhere is, that each project can have unlimited tasks (at least I haven’t found any limitation for this) and that’s how my little trick works. I use tasks to as company projects.
Another great thing is that a task has its own statistics, time tracking etc – so it can really be used as “a project”. And this trick saves me a lot of hassle per day.
Thanks to Harvest API, I was able to write a small integration with our own intranet, so when I need to report my hours, I just open our intranet, select specific day and press button – Import from Harvest.
What took me 10 – 15 minutes each day, now takes only 1. That’s a great time saving. Not talking about the fact, that I do not need to remember anything. All info is safely saved and can be used anytime.
To make it even more easier, Harvest can be integrated into Asana – so before I start working on any project, I can just press an icon and start a Harvest timer. And when I am done with a task, I just simply stop it. All perfectly works and my issue with timesheet is finally solved.
So try Harvest – Simple Online Time Tracking Software yourself and let me know how it goes.
How to you track your working hours? Let me know your process in comments underneath.