OfficeTime does a great job of tracking time, a good job of invoicing, but comes up a bit short on the accounting side of things. Most companies don’t like to admit their product doesn’t do something well. But I like to see it from the buyer’s perspective. When I’m looking at a product, I want to know exactly what its strengths and weaknesses are. That’s the problem with most marketing material. It gives only glowing praise when you need an honest picture. But should we be trying to fill the role of an accounting solution?
OfficeTime can sync everything you do to your calendar and even find your appointments and add them to the correct projects. If you use OfficeTime on a Mac, you might already know this. But this trick can work as well if you’re using OfficeTime on your iPhone or iPad. OfficeTime for the iPhone or…
Time management is crucial to my business, because I charge by the hour, and until I found OfficeTime, I was truly winging it. I actually considered buying a chess clock to keep on my desk to try to keep some kind of track of my billable time. I’ve always told my clients that even when I am not sitting at my keyboard editing their books, I still carry their stories around in my head, mulling them over, and for that, I do not charge. But otherwise, I can now say that I am on the clock.
I believe great apps are not those that do everything. Great apps are the ones that do something well. And how do you define doing something well? It’s not always about power. It’s about being able to do the task with the minimum amount of friction. The more you have to think about using an app, the more you are distracted from doing the work you’ve set out to do.
OfficeTime is simply the best tool that I’ve found – and I love that it works on Macs and PCs, as our team uses both. It’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use, yet it’s not simplistic – meaning, it has all the functionality I need. I don’t use 100% of the functionality, but I’m happy to say I’ve never found myself needing something it didn’t do, nor scratching my head wondering why in the world certain features were there (as I sometimes do with other companies’ “bloatware”). It’s really just a fantastic combination of highly functional and really user-friendly. And Stephen Dodd, the CEO, has always been really easy to get a hold of when I’ve had questions – a real person supporting his software, how wonderful! My biggest takeaway? A real productivity tool for real businesses that have real needs, backed by a real person.
Saying yes when you should say no can produce tons of stress, and that is far more than distracting, it’s destructive. This week, don’t agree to anything that doesn’t directly benefit you. Once you feel as if you’re in control of your time instead of outside influences being in charge, you can say yes again.
Okay, we know it’s Tuesday! We’ve been doing so much to promote our new OfficeTime app that I missed Manic Monday’s time management tips. But better late than never; here they are. Simple and doable:
Okay friends and fans! We’re in a groove here at OfficeTime! This week’s interview on time management and how vital it is to a successful business is with Dan Crask of BrandShepherd.com. Dan is one of our favorite people – a real odd-ball among fellow creatives, he somehow finds a balance between right-brain creativity and…
Designing the best time tracking system out there means that we’re always thinking about time management. Helping our clients to track time effectively, in our minds, means that in the end, they can eliminate wasted time and maybe claim a little more “free” time. Is that a lofty goal from a time tracking company? Maybe….