One you’ve heard often is, ‘Time is money.’ Add to that one, ‘Performance measured is performance improved‘ and you’ve got the makings of a productive attitude to carry you through life. My wife has been hounding me to put both sayings into practice and try this Mac app. I did.
Just The Facts
Time is math, and despite the potential of wormholes and time travel, time, for most of us is a linear counting process.
Tracking tasks by time gives us a way to keep score, improve performance, and, in the right situation, make more money with our time.
That’s what TaskTime does. It’s a task and time tracking app for the Mac, particularly aimed at those who make money with their time.
That means TaskTime tracks time spent on tasks, especially those related to projects and clients. You know, the kind where someone pays you money for work you do.
Add as many clients as you need, and create as many projects and tasks as you need. As you work, TaskTime tracks the time, then spits out reports and invoices so you can collect money for your effort.
TaskTime’s user interface is uncluttered, straightforward, and almost self explanatory.
Basic tools are laid out simply in the top Toolbar and give you one-click access to invoices, time controller, and a way to check resources, delete items and see how much money you’ve received to date.
The left Sidebar lists individual Sessions, Expenses, Payments, Notes, Rates and Invoices. Between the Toolbar and Session details is the timer which runs based upon a selected task. The basic feature list is lengthy but not complicated. Invoices can be created for clients based upon tasks completed.
Hourly rates are adjustable but also include fixed rate items. The Client Manager pulls in contact information from OS X’s Contacts app. TaskTime also lets you link documents, apps, folders and files as well as email addresses to any project.
There’s also a useful option to set due dates for projects using Calendar. Project windows are easily minimized to just the timer. Bored with slate gray? TaskTime has multiple background skins for customization.
For those who collaborate, TaskTime not only manages tasks and projects, but also handles team-based projects. Files can be synchronized between Macs using Dropbox, and projects can be viewed from iPhone or iPad using the free TeamViewer app.
I understand now why my wife likes this app. Setup is simple, management is intuitive, but there are enough options that it works very well even in a busy, multi-purpose, multi-person operation.