Time tracking for developers

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May 18, 2018

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Yes – despite working in highly obtuse and irregular creative flows, developers can get a ton out of tracking their time. Even if you don’t bill for your time, time tracking is an essential tool for managing and mastering your own productivity. By making the whole process automatic, Timely is the time tracking app of choice for developers looking to gain control over their time with minimal effort.

The time tracking app for developers

Timely was designed to track all the time you spend on work without interrupting or taking you away from it. By using AI to understand how you spend your time, it’s the only time tracking app to offer full end-to-end automation – meaning you never have to active track time or create a daily time sheet ever again.

Available on every device you work with

⚒ Tracks all development work automatically

A developer’s day can involve anything from coding, debugging, firefighting, problem solving and researching – a minefield of task switching and being pulled in multiple directions. By tracking everything you work on automatically, Timely can helps you make sense of it all. It tracks the time you spend in every editor by default – whether you use Sublime, Vim, JS Bin, CodePen or PHPStorm – and logs your daily Git commits. It integrates with task management tools like Clubhouse and Basecamp, and can even show you how long you spend on email, communicating on Slack, learning new skills, working on different files and developing personal projects.

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💵 Creates accurate time sheets for billing

By automatically tracking everything you work on, Timely is able to capture all your billable hours. Its AI then translates all that tracked work into highly accurate time sheets by itself. It means you always have accurate records for billing and analyzing your business, and spend less time invoicing. You can easily translate your time data into granular reports too for complete transparency when billing clients.

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🔎 Provides insights for proactive time management

By breaking down everything you do, Timely provides a starting point to effectively address productivity, efficiency and profitability. You can see exactly how long you spend on different projects, how much you’ve earned, how you distribute time between clients and projects, where you get distracted, how much of a project budget you’ve used, and how you’re performing against your weekly capacity. These insights are essential for addressing bottlenecks, streamlining workflows and improving processes.

👩🏽💻 Lets you focus on your work

Timely is designed to never interrupt your flow. You don’t have to manually set timers or write anything down; it remembers all your work and creates time sheets for you! Project dashboards give you quick performance breakdowns, so you don’t have to dig for any crucial information. Since Timely integrates with every web and desktop app you use, you also don’t have to spend a ton of time setting it up. Its super intuitive UI also means there’s no huge learning curve involved to just start using it.

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📈 Simplifies communication and reporting

Timely’s reports and dashboards reduce the amount of time developers spend on essential communication. Whether you work with remote colleagues, need to align with contractors, or want to quickly update clients, Timely provides one place for managing all your performance information. Project dashboards let you track and control all project activity, and customized reporting helps you share insights beautifully without any extra effort.

⏰ Records all your overtime

By running constantly in the background, Timely accurately documents all your overtime – whether you bill for it, want to improve your working patterns or need to prove compliance with labor laws. Sadly, we can’t yet document all the time you spend incubating on problems outside of work, but we’ll get there. 😎

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Why developers love Timely

Whether you’re an established freelance developer, work with a ton of clients in an agency, build in small teams, code remotely or are just branching into consulting, Timely has your back. A ton of web, app and software developers choose Timely to supercharge their productive time, and here’s what a few of them have to say:

“Between bugs and task switching, a lot of my time was going unaccounted for. Timely lets me keep track of more of my time with far less effort.”

Samuel, agency-based developer
“I use Timely to keep within the 8 hours for my full-time work and track those spent on side projects.”

Tammi, in-house web developer
“Timely removes the stress of time reporting and allows me to focus 100% on my job. It’s a massive productivity and motivational boost.”

Peter, freelance web developer
“Timely’s custom reporting eliminates a bunch of time that I previously spent collating information for retainer clients.”

Kevin, developer, business owner & remote manager
“I’m not freelance – I just wanted to meter my workday to improve my productivity. Would recommend Timely to any developer looking to do the same.”

Evey, software developer in a small team
“Before Timely, I found myself working unpaid overtime and not focusing on my main tasks during the day.”

Mathieu, freelance software developer
“I switch projects multiple times per day, so it’s great automating the whole time tracking process. I know exactly how much time I spend on different projects.”  

Marek, app engineer
“Fantastic automated time tracking using AI that gets smarter as you use it.”

Michael, frontend developer
"A way to track time effortlessly. Also a great habit tracker and can also be used for purposes other than just work and education."

Fansu, web developer
"If you want more insight into where your time goes every day, Timely can do it for you without wasting your time constantly filling out forms."

Dayne, web developer
"An awesome app that lets you work and forget about time tracking."

Antonio, remote software developer

👀 See how web developers use Timely!

Code Timely your way

We’d love to know how Timely works for you. Trial the full app for free for 30 days and hack around with our API to make your own personal app integrations. If you make a super awesome integration that could help others, let us know and we’ll build it into Timely for others to enjoy!

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