A Web Developer wears many hats in order to do their job successfully. Programmer, UX, Designer, Database Developer, Coffee Maker, the list goes on but one of the most important aspects of their job is managing their workload. There’s no point in being able to craft beautiful code if it takes you an age to create it, right? Now, there are already quite a lot of ways to keep track of work you do from simple To-Do lists to full blown enterprise project management tools. I have tried a good few of these and never really stuck with any of them because I never felt I was tracking my actual time!
Now, I am my own boss and there are plenty or pros to such a title, such as starting my day a bit late if I wish, working odd hours at night, if the need takes me or relaxing while I work, with Facebook and Reddit open. If you spin what I just wrote around, these are also cons! If you asked me how many hours it took me to build my last client site, I wouldn’t have a clue what to tell you and I feel very uneasy saying that.
You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
I decided to nip this major problem in the bud and look for a solution to track what time I was spending on work. My idea was, at the end of each day, I would like to see what jobs I did and how long it took me to complete them. I would allocate 8 hours to each work day and when I reached this time, I would be done and would not start work again until the next work day.
My search for a time tracking solution was quite effortless and I found a tool called Toggl. Toggl is an extremely simple time tracker that makes you accountable for work you do (or don’t). The idea is simple. You input a task you are working on and hit the start button. Upon, starting your new task, a timer activates and runs, until you stop the task. When, you stop the task – it saves how long you were working on said task. Toggl also keeps track of the time you are working on each task.
With Toggl, You can organise tasks into projects, but to view these projects you have to upgrade to the pro plan. But no biggie, it’s only $5/mth per user if you really need this feature. Toggl’s reporting is a thing of beauty too. They allow you to view, at a quick glance in the sidebar how you are doing for the week and how many hours you have worked. If you want to view more detailed reports, it’s included in the free plan.
How, Did I Ever Get Work Done Efficiently Without Toggl?
Oh Yeah, I didn’t! I know I have only been using Toggl for a short while but honestly, it’s already up there with my daily tools such as Gmail and Photoshop. I am more productive than ever and when I click that little start button, I aim to finish each task in the fastest time I possibly can. (It doesn’t look good when It says I took an hour to add a dropdown menu to a website – Thanks Facebook!).
Thanks Guys, Awesome product!