Proper time tracking is a prerequisite to correct calculation of financial metrics about your company’s performance and effectiveness. That’s why we want to make it as convenient as possible.
Tracking time using the Start/Stop function is just one of the options how to track time. Learn about the other options and see what’s best for you. You can enter time retrospectively by using the Timesheet or Time tracking.
How to start and stop time tracking
Tracking time using the Start/Stop function can be done in any web browser or in the desktop app for Mac and Windows. It works the same in both cases, so let’s take a look at the browser version. Start by selecting Time tracking in the top bar.
Click the Select a task or type to search field to get a list of all projects you have been added to. This lets you see only the projects that are relevant to you, instead of all of the projects in your company.
Find the project you want to start working on or enter the first letters of its name and search for it.
There’s a Start tracking button by each project.
As soon as you click the button, the clock will start running.
When you’re finished working, click the Stop button – that will stop the clock and create a time record you can see in the lower part of the screen.
Handy features you should know about
Alt+T keyboard shortcut
Clicking Alt+T will take you directly to the Time tracking page.
Tracking in (No project)
In case you haven’t yet been added to a project and you can’t see it in the list, you can still track time. Just click the Startbutton and create a record as normally. When you’re added to the project later, choose the record you created before, labeled (No project).
Next, click the No project selected button and choose the project to assign your tracked hours to. There’s no need to confirm anything, everything is saved automatically.
See your estimated hours
Every project in the project list includes an indication of how many hours you have already tracked on it, as well as how much time was assigned to you in the project budget. If you’ve already exceeded the estimated time, your hours will be displayed in red.
Any project in the list can be added to favorites by clicking the star. Next time you’re looking for a project, you’ll see the favorite ones on the topmost positions.
If there’s ever a need to include more information in a particular record (e.g. an explanation of your activity for a client), use the record note field to do so.
When you stop working on a project and return to start working again, you don’t need to select the project from the list again. Just use the Continue button.