Assuming you’ve read Mac360 for a few years, you may remember that we use the phrase ‘Nothing improves without change‘ rather often. All too often as Mac users we get hunkered down in our comfort zone, afraid to venture into the unknown, but it’s change which brings about improvement.
Mac users who make money based upon the amount of time worked on a project or task will appreciate apps that track time and tasks. Performance measured is performance improved, right? Depending on your time tracking needs, you can spend a lot of money and time to learn a complicated time tracking app. Or, you can install Daily on your Mac.
Time Tracking On The Cheap
I hesitate to use the word ‘cheap‘ when reviewing what amounts to an affordable Mac app that can help you make money, but there’s no other way to put it. Daily– the Mac app that tracks time– is inexpensive. That means it’s affordable. It’s also rather simple to setup and intuitive to use for anyone who simply needs to track time associated with a task within a project.
Instead of you having to start the timer with every task (what if you forget?), Daily is more interactive. It asks you what you’re doing and tracks your time on the task at hand. Daily grabs the time and the tasks and keeps track of both; on the fly or according to the built-in scheduler, and gives you time sheets that cover a day, a week, a month, or even a full year.
All that stored data makes Daily an app that is more than the sum of the parts. It’s easy to setup and use, but you can dig into it and get the exact amount of time devoted to any activity or task.
You’ll be able to see when you started work and when you stopped. It even registers when you stopped working and stepped away from your Mac.
What Daily is not is a billing application so you can invoice clients for your time, but it will export CVS data which can be dropped into a spreadsheet or imported into a billing app.
Daily is not overly complicated and comes with just the right balance of time tracking features that get out of your way while you work. There’s even a built-in scheduler.
All the four and five star reviews are well deserved. Daily just works. My only beef with Daily is the lack of a try-before-you-buy trial version. My threshold for throwing away money to try an app that looks useful and comes with a good recommendation is about $3 to $4. Daily exceeds that but not by much, so a trial version would be handy. There is much to like. Also, note that Daily is Mac only, and there’s not a corresponding iPhone or iPad version.
If you’re on a budget and tied to your Mac, use Daily. If time is more important than money, then try OfficeTime which runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s got more features, and that makes it a bit more complex to use, but the Mac OfficeTime has a trial version.