Update July 2016: The app I liked best, and continue to use 18 months later is OfficeTime. Highly recommended, easy-to-use and has versions available for both iPhone and iPad.
Does the idea of tracking your time sound tedious? Does it overwhelm you? But do you believe it might help be you more successful in your personal life or career? I recently experienced all the same thoughts. I wanted to track my time to analyze how I spend it, with the intention of becoming a more successful small business owner. I seek to work hard… but not all the time. That’s just a road to burnout.
Last weekend I researched time tracking software and apps for myMacBook Pro. I sorted through recommendations from industry colleagues and did my own research. I found a lot of options, but only a handful that have the features I am seeking and fit in my budget. You can pay $40+ per month for time-tracking software if you really want to.
While I have not reached a clear winner yet, I have started testing applications. I am testing one app per week for the next six weeks with the intent of finding the best app for me and then purchasing it. Below is a list of the apps I am trying. All of them are free or come with a free trial before purchase is required.
Oh and one more side note, my other requirements were apps that did not have a monthly fee (I prefer a one-time fee), has a reports or charts option to analyze time use and lastly, apps that are either downloadable or cloud-based. The idea of having to log into a website (and face further distraction) to record my time did not appeal to me.
Six Time Tracking Tools for Mac Users
1) Time Edition: free, downloadable app, integrates with Google Calendar
2) Minco: $15, downloadable app, comes with free trial
4) Caato Time Tracker: $20 for pro version, downloadable app, free version available
5) Klok: $20, cloud-based, comes in “lite version” which is free
6) TaskTime4: $20, downloadable app for your dock, comes with free trial, includes invoicing