Time Doctor alternative | Timely

Timely’s automated, privacy-first approach makes it the definitive Time Doctor alternative.
Trade manual timer frustration and creepy screenshots for accurate, culture-friendly time tracking.
“I’ve tried a bunch of apps, but none of them have everything I needed. Time Doctor was my best choice but lacked project management tools.“
— Emiliano via Typeform

An alternative to Time Doctor’s basic features and spyware

Feel Emiliano’s pain? You’re not alone. Hundreds of time tracking apps like Time Doctor leave people wanting more — from more ambitious features and intuitive controls, to a fundamental respect for user privacy.

In terms of timesheet accuracy, Time Doctor’s heavily manual approach simply isn’t robust enough. Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time, particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. It’s also extremely inaccurate: even if you remember to log your hours every day, studies show that timesheets that rely on manual input are only ever 67% accurate.

While Time Doctor lets users track time against specific clients, it lacks the basic project management and reporting functionality to let them do anything with their time data beyond creating timesheets. The reporting options it does offer are geared more to spying on staff activity than improving schedules, project estimates, rates or capacity planning.

Time Doctor’s invasion of employee privacy is reason enough for many people to steer clear of the software. By proudly marketing clandestine screenshots, video screen capture and employee website activity tracking, Time Doctor is unapologetic about one of its core functions: invasive employee spyware.

In this context, Time Doctor’s integrations and free trial matter relatively little. Ultimately, a robust time tracking solution should satisfy a very basic purpose: capturing hours accurately without destroying team trust and culture.

Bringing automatic time tracking to QuickBooks

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What makes Timely the best Time Doctor alternative?

Offering automatic time tracking and advanced project reporting, Timely is quite a step up from Time Doctor’s limited manual functionality. Instead of making you plug in everything you work on, Timely captures time on every task, precise to the second. Crucially, it actually protects employee privacy and is 100% free of dystopian spying features. Here are a few reasons why Time Doctor users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates, overlooked billable hours, or struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a flawless timeline of your work day, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Save hours on time tracking

By tracking time automatically for you, Timely reduces weekly timesheet admin from 2 hours to 10 minutes. Just drag and drop tracked activities to your timesheet to log them, or click to approve time entries drafted by Timely’s AI. The whole ideas is to help you focus fully on your work without being interrupted by manual timers.

Manage and report effortlessly

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Protect team trust

Offering user-level privacy by design, Timely is a tracking tool that teams can actually trust. Every employee gets their own private work timeline and they control what information goes public. We will never support creepy surveillance functionality — your private work data is for your eyes only.

G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than Time Doctor in almost every performance category.
Compare Timely and Time Doctor on G2

Timely trumps Time Doctor on these features:

  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Tracking time to projects/tasks
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Performance and reliability
  • Integrations
  • Reporting

Timely is rated higher overall for:

  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2

Timely’s top features

Automatic Time Tracking

  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • GPS location tracking
  • Native integrations

Effortless reporting

  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
  • Flexible tags

Accounting and billing

  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history

Real-time visibility

  • People dashboard
  • Overtime
  • Individual capacity
  • Activity overview
  • Planning

10 minutes

Time spent on timesheets/week

< 5 minutes

Time taken to onboard users


Time tracking compliance

What people make of Timely

"For the first time ever, I logged as many billable hours as one of our highest producers at the agency. This tool paid for itself in a single day. The two-week trial was fantastic, and when I saw the trial was expired, my boss could not have pulled out her credit card any faster."
Erika via Typeform
“Compass employees adore that they can trust Memory to track all their computer activity without automatically sharing it with the company. Everyone stays in control of their data.”
— Beau
“With timer-based apps, I wouldn't go to the trouble of signing in to capture 1-2 minutes of work on an email. With Timely, I was really amazed at how much time I was spending on things that I never billed for. I knew I needed it in my life.”
— Kristen via Typeform
“A fabulous time-tracking app that makes it super easy to track your time using their nifty auto“Timely is simply the best tool for tracking time accurately while protecting individual user privacy. Everyone feels comfortable using the tool knowing that their data is kept private to them.”matic Memory app. And they're super friendly and affordable, too.”
— Praveen

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