Time Tracking and Monitoring Tools
The age-old method of keeping reminders through an alarm clock, still has its relevance in the home office. Setting an alarm, be it in the mobile phone, computer or an age-old grandfather clock is the simplest way to remind oneself of an impending task, or trigger oneself to start or stop working at a particular predetermined time.
Another approach to track time and effort is the timesheet, either a simple pen and paper one, or electronic versions using Google Docs, an Excel worksheet, or a web based one such as actiTime. Applications such as TimeSnapper automate the process by working in the background to track user activities and generating a log. Timesheets however remain reactive in nature, with the user only able to make logs and analyze, resolving to make future improvements.
Time tracking software that track work time are an improvement on trying to schedule work by setting alarms, and offer a real-time and proactive alternative to timesheets. Select from any of the thousands of such time tracking software available in the internet. Some of the more simple applications are OfficeTime, ProjectClock, Toggl, Tick, timr, Klok, 1DayLater, 24SevenOffice, 5PM, and others. Advanced tracking software incorporates basic time tracking plus a time module with a scheduler, where the scheduled activities flow from the schedule module to the time module and the actual work done flows back from the time module to the schedule module. This allows for tracking and comparison of planned activities versus actual activities.