By tracking how he is spending his time, Mike discovers how the long hours he’s been putting in are distributed among various critical functions.
By tracking how he is spending his time, Mike discovers how the long hours he’s been putting in are distributed among various critical functions.

To get a feel for how time-tracking might work with my phone, I installed HoursTracker, one of the best-rated free apps for IOS and Android. The app takes user-created tags for things such as projects or tasks to organize reports by day, week, or month. You can run several timers simultaneously—essential for those who switch tasks and jobs several times each day—but you don’t have to set up projects ahead of time: Just start the clock and fill in the details later. I didn’t try the GPS feature, which automatically starts a timer when you arrive at a specified location and stops it when you leave. I can see how that would come in handy for tracking employee time as well as your own. Cloud backup and restore are included; in-app upgrade purchases include automatic backup and the ability to move data between several mobile devices.

By the way, it took me exactly 47 minutes to research and write this. Where do I send the bill? —Sal Alfano is editor-in-chief of JLC.

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