That means we’re trying different Mac apps to see what can make the grade by saving time tracking tasks, and which apps need to be discarded because they’re too unwieldy or complicated. TaskTime is quite good at providing professional level features in a single app window. Even easier is this time tracking utility.
The Menubar KISS Method
A standalone tracking app with plenty of options and a window that can be adjusted to spread out over the Mac’s screen can be intimidating to use.
If the app doesn’t get used then what good is it? So, as part of our search we tracked down Timelime. No, not Time-line. Timelime. As in lemon lime.
Anyone who tracks time in order to get paid will appreciate the KISS method in Timelime.
KISS? Keep it simple, stupid.
Timelime is both a Menubar accessible app and a standalone app which makes it easy to focus on tasks at hand, as well as manage tasks in a larger project.
Start and stop task timing from the Menubar, but dig into the details in the app window. I love the former, but the latter is not quite so elegant at first glance, but does have some eye candy you’ll love.
That’s the look at tasks and timings from the Menubar. Click each task for additional detail, including a description.
The full window view looks intimidating until you break the components into more visually digestible sections. For example, the items in the left Sidebar correspond with the pull down Menubar option.
Tasks and projects can be color coded to easily identify projects that need to be worked on now, vs. those that can wait. The Calendar view highlights tasks and due dates in the Timings section.
The far right Sidebar displays Timings and some useful eye candy reports.
From a visual perspective I prefer Timelime to TaskTime. The drop down Menubar access is a huge plus as you’re not required to stop what you’re doing and move to the app to make changes or add items.
Tasks are easily archived. Timelime also detects idle time. One negative when compare to TaskTime is the lack of Dropbox or iCloud synchronization. Otherwise, Timelime is easier to get up and running.