Before I get into the how of tracking time, let me assure you that the extra money we make will go to a good purpose. College education. Or, vacations. Or, retirement. Or, perhaps a summer home in the south of France. Whatever it is, it’s a good cause.
Tracking Time Is Money
If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many time tracking apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, it’s because people like to work and get money. Not necessarily in that order, but you get the idea.
Professionals in particular love to track their billable hours. Ditto for contract works who need to account for every minute of a task related to a project.
Carol and I have searched around the Apple universe and we came up with a few apps that do the deed, including Work Clock, a timesheet time tracker app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
More and more we prefer to invest in apps that have multiple versions– one for Mac, and one for iPhone and iPad– with an option to sync data between devices.
That’s Work Clock.
What you get is about what you’d expect, except for one recurring issue. Work Clock lets us add jobs and track tasks. All we need to do is specify the rate for each and the app does the calculations.
Setup projects or jobs in the lefthand sidebar, then add details for each task. Work Clock tracks the time for each task, calculates a daily summary of all hours worked, and the amount total for each job.
Work Clock works much the same way with the iPhone and iPad version, which means you can update your worksheet while you’re away from your Mac.
Sounds good, right? Work Clock does yearly summaries for any job you’ve recorded throughout the year. It’s a good way to see where the work is going and where the money is coming from.
The only problem we’ve run into so far has to do with iCloud sync. That’s a common problem. iCloud sync isn’t as reliable as, say, Dropbox. Hopefully Apple will fix some of those issues in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite with iCloud Drive storage.