Time tracking is traditionally thought of as a tool for billing clients – an ugly spreadsheet means to a necessary timesheet end. But modern time tracking technology provides insights that go far beyond this, essentially holding a mirror up to the way entire operations work.
What time tracking shows you
Harnessing the power and accuracy of AI, time tracking can now help you address your own unconscious behaviors and productivity, as well as dissect project budgets and track employee KPIs easier than ever before. Using the automatic tool Timely as an example, here’s a snapshot of what you can do with time tracking.
Calculate the cost of daily distractions – from meetings and email to procrastination.
Visualize all internal work – like research, pitching, presentations, networking, task management and essential admin
Set an efficiency benchmarks – average how long you spend on specific types of work to know you minimum turnaround times.
Catch overlooked and hidden hours – like out-of-hours emails, overrunning and delayed meetings, and travel for work.
Identify demanding tasks and inefficient workflows – find out what processes and work take up a disproportionate amount of your time.
See when you’re most productive – to work out the conditions under which you best perform prolonged deep work.
Automate all logging and billing – free time spent on tracking time and creating timesheets for work that actually matters.