One thing that everyone wants is more time or to use the time they have better. This definitely can be a challenge. Also today we find people are working more and playing less. Apps to help us better manage our time are very popular right now and rightly so. The are apps to keep up with tasks or to-do-lists, calendars, appointments, meetings, you name it.
Today I am looking at the app TimeReport for Italian developer Roberto Tucci. TimeReport is a different type of app but can be a very useful one. The app is currently available for only Android devices and is free. After trying the app, you can upgrade to a premium account for under $2 USD.
For this app to be effective you need to put some work into it-what I mean is that the app will help you see where your work time is going but you have to input some data and on a regular basis. Once you get into the habit, it should not been a major deal.
The main focus of the app is to record the amount of time you put into your various jobs or projects. When you first start up the app, there is a quick tutorial to show the basics. Once you have you job information in, then it is off to work (literally). When you are done with a job or project, go into the app and record your hours in. At first, with no data, it will seem a bit lacking but once you get some data in, then the app can provide charts, summaries of where you time went.
The app has a nice clean interface and is very easy to use.
I decided to reach out to the developer to get some background on the app. Here is our conversation.
Q.What made you create this app?
A. I created this app because I felt the need to manage my work/life balance. Actually, I’m working on a big consultant company and my working day could range. My typical work day is around 8 hours but the real situation may differ and TimeReport helps me to keep track of overtimes, workload etc…
Q. Who would benefit most from the app?
A. The app is built for any employees, freelances, or anyone who doesn’t work “standard hours” and often generates overtime.
Q. The main aspect of the app is to help you keep track work, correct?
A. Yes, but there are some other features that will allow you to manage your career and keep track of promotions, contract changes etc. You can create and export an excel document and share your “worksheet” with a colleague or your employer.
Q. For this app to work, the user needs to be consistent in putting in his information. How easy is it to pick up, if they get lazy?
A. Data entry is very minimal for every working day and there is a particular option in the settings that allow to set a default time for “start time”, “end time” and “total break time” (time estimated: < 20 seconds). The app has a widget you can use to insert data easily from the homescreen.
Q. Do you have any plans for updates in the future?
A. Absolutely, I would like to add cloud support to save the reports and the backups! Also, I’m gathering suggestions to improve the app.
TimeReport looks to be a very helpful app for those that need to keep track of their work schedules and to know exactly where their time is spent. Being able to see charts and export a summary is a nice way to easily show management or others what you are working on.