Memory just evolved! In fact, your entire “Hours” page in Timely evolved. We’ve rewritten tons of the code to enable next-level automatic time logging.
Over the past two months we’ve cleaned up how memories are presented, created custom interactions for detailed data exploration, and matured our AI to make automated time tracking even smarter.
The whole memory review process should be a lot more hands-off — meaning you spend even less time on time tracking. And we have a feeling you’re going to like it 😊. So let’s show you around!
Let’s start with what matters most: the private record of tracked memories that Timely’s Memory Tracker creates for you every day. While on the surface it looks pretty similar to what you already know and love, there’s a world of extra data waiting to be explored in there.
First up, you can now just hover over tracked memories to see the juicy details – no more clicking around. When you’re ready to log time against them, you have three options:
In every case, something snazzy happens – Timely creates a draft time entry for you, showing how long you spent on each selected memory for quick reference.
But it gets cooler: Timely also suggests the project you want to log the time against. By looking at the activities you log against different projects, Timely’s sweet AI highlights the project it thinks you worked on.
Once you’ve logged your suggested time entry, all the memories connected to it will adopt the relevant project colour and fade on your Timeline. It’s a neat way of visually highlighting all unassigned memories that need to be logged, as well as the project spread of all your work.
While you can continue to log hours to your timesheet as before — by clicking on individual memories — your AI can now do the job for you. Click the Memory brain icon in Timely and toggle “Create AI drafts” to get started.
You can get Timely to notify you when new drafts are created – just head to Settings > Notifications to set it up.
Your memories have also gained a completely new view! Switching to “List” lets you interact with tracked memories in an entirely different way by presenting them in highly-detailed, prioritized groupings.
Where the Timeline view gives you a clear chronological overview of how you spent your time, the List view lets you cut and slice the details of your day in a format more suited to granular analysis.
Your view is also prioritized – memories you’ve logged are listed at the bottom under “Logged Memories”, and those you need to log appear at the top under “Unassigned Memories”. They’re also all grouped by work app or specific app page used, so you can quickly see where the weight of your time is spent across your tools.
Timely’s AI is continuously learning, but it needs your help to get better at serving you. You can do this in four ways from the List view:
So far, so cool. But with great data visibility comes great complexity – so to keep things clean, we’ve added in a few custom controls and smart tricks to adjust how memories are displayed.
You can also now arrange your Hours calendar in three different ways:
We’ve also improved the UI for actions like copying or deleting entries and starting timers – it’s all nicely in-line and natural; no more pop-ups or insane mouse dragging! 🐭
Now we’ve dealt with the “Solo” view, let’s show you what’s changed in the “Company” view.
First up, we’ve built in the ability to filter by teams, instead of just showing a never-ending list of everyone in your company. It’s lot more manageable and loads whole lot faster.
Secondly, you can now see the week view of your whole team in one beautifully stacked calendar view.
We’ve also added a handy banner to make sure any changes you make are for the right employees. So, when you go to log missing hours or fill in an absence for people who are away, it’s clear on whose behalf you’re acting.
Finally, we’ve added in a nifty shortcut: you can now select and switch between whole teams at a time, instead of selecting users individually. It’s a small change, but makes navigation so much more efficient.
All in all, the whole thing is a lot more performant. We’ve applied a technique called “virtualization” – or “windowing” – so your web browser only loads what you’re looking at at that moment. Where the previous Company view loaded the whole overwhelming thing, this new Company view makes everything lighter, quicker and smoother to navigate.
So that’s what we’ve secretly been busying ourselves with for the past few months! We think these changes will go a huge way in minimizing the time you spend logging hours, structuring data and making sense of your time in Timely.
From a more technical side, in rewriting a ton of the code, we’ve managed to make the whole “Hours” section run a lot faster, which means a smoother experience for you as a user. We’ve also paid off a lot of old technical debt, meaning we have way more flexibility to build all your great ideas and suggestions as they roll in. So keep ‘em coming!
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