Time tracking across multiple devices

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John Newton
 
 

We've used a lot of approaches to time tracking over the years. Everything gets noted down so can we supply reports on time to our clients and we can learn how to better monitor and improve our time usage. But it's always a challenge managing time recording across multiple platforms and devices.While we use ActiveCollab to log and share hours on projects with clients and Hesk for ticketing, we wanted a better way of recording hours for internal tasks. Currently, we use our own tracking systems to do this as the range of devices we use (iPhone, iPad, Android, Macs, Ubuntu, Windows!) makes a unified approach really hard. I took a step closer to this though when returning to toggl the other day. I had used it in the past and really liked it and now it has a pretty solid Linux app, I'm really pleased. It means I can keep track of how much time I'm spending on a project whether I'm on my laptop, phone or iPad. One issue - installation could be a bit easier on Linux ;-)That said, without installation for apt-get, I had to revert to binaries. There's a handy post here I used - http://askubuntu.com/questions/346368/how-install-toggl-desktop-in-ubuntuA quick summary: Download toggl and unzip it into a dir in your home folder. Install dependencies - sudo apt-get install libjpeg62 libxss1 Open the app manually or (like me) add the path as a startup item. Now you're good to go. Record everything (and by that I mean not just your chargeable work but everything you do during your working day) and I guarantee when you review the results in, say, a month's time, you'll be able to adjust your daily practices to increase productivity, satisfaction and happiness levels!