Most of them are not free. Here’s one that’s good, free, and if you’re on a budget, and don’t mind a little bleeding edge effort, almost ready for prime-time. It’s called HR. It’s a Mac task timer that lives in the Menubar.
Why Is It Free?
Most of the time I don’t review a Mac app unless it’s been around awhile; seldom a 1.0 version app, and almost never one that hasn’t even made it to 1.0.
That’s HR, the Mac task timer. As of today it hasn’t even made it to version .4.x so why should you try it?
HR is a joy to use. It’s clean, simple, almost (but not quite) minimalist, yet it tracks task times with a click and it’s missing only one major feature (though it’s still early in the product’s development cycle.
Click HR in the Menubar, click the Plus sign (+) to create a new task. When you begin work on that task, click the Menubar again and select the task to start timing. HR records the time until you click to stop (but it will automatically pause the timer when you stop working on your Mac; good for bathroom and lunch breaks; unless they’re both billable).
Take a look at what you get with a click.
HR records the time for each task. In turn, each task can be viewed and edited. And tasks can be organized into projects and clients can be organized by categories.
All the collected timings for projects and clients can be exported as a standard CSV file for import into a spreadsheet or billing application.
That’s a shortcoming. An option to run multiple tasks simultaneously would be helpful, too, as would a built-in function to display reports, but that’s not a deal breaker.
HR is just so simple and elegant to use. What good is a laundry list of bells and whistles if an app is too cumbersome to use? HR is fun to use. And, for now, it’s free.