Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

Slimtimer – Smart Timesheets

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Weíve all heard the adage of ìtime is moneyî and we are all familiar with how employers have used time sheets not only to track the arrival and departure from work of their employees, but also to allocate their working time to each task or job they have been instructed to complete. And these time sheets have been around for well over a hundred years; dating back to the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Further, time and motion management consultants have similarly used various forms of time sheets to track the unit cost of labor per completed job, task or sub task that large work forces undertaken so as to determine the cost centers of businesses, most especially the manufacturer industry as well as the time charged service industries like accounting and legal professionals. And so the back bone of American industry has for the most part been heavily committed and reliant of time sheets; be it for billing purposes, management information or for employee monitoring. And so it is not surprising that with the advent of the Internet over the last twenty years, we now have a range of options to choose from for solutions to the record keeping part of the issue.

Slimtimer is a Simple to Use but highly Productive Online Timesheet Tool

Slimtimer is one such solution, it being a ìsoftware as a serviceî web site business model where users create their own account on use the application that runs on Slimtimerís cloud server farm infrastructure. The idea is simple enough in that members simply create tasks for them to complete, and these tasks can be shared by a team of members. By clicking on the task, that starts the clock and the member or members get to work on it. By clicking the task again, that indicates the task is completed and no further action is required. From there, the data is retained in the account under the userís account details so that management reports can be run at any later time. And these reports can be downloaded in spreadsheet format. Opening the account is very straight forward; only requiring the userís name, email address, password and time zone information to be entered. After confirming your email by clicking on the link they send to you, you are presented with a very simple method of how to best use the system for maximum effect.

Save as a Bookmark Your “Create Task” Page to be Most productive

That is, they recommend that you click the ìCreate Taskî link which is on the right hand side of the page, and that when ever you wish to track your time on a task, just open the bookmark and you will immediately be presented with. This makes it a quick and simple matter to create a new task, and when you have done that; simply click the title of the task and the clock starts ticking on it. When you have completed the task, simply click the task title again and the clock stops; alternatively just close the pop up that holds the task and the clock will be automatically stopped for you. The trick is to get in the habit of beginning all your daily tasks by creating a task first; which is easy to do as it only takes a few seconds. And so providing you do remember to create the task and start the clock ticking; your daily activities will each become saved data for later billing purposes and running reports against. The essence of the system is its simplicity of use. The hard part as said is to remember to do it, but by making it a bookmarked page, it is an easy habit to create.

Can Be Edited; All Data Kept in your Account for Later Reporting and Billing

It is good to know that at any later time, you are able to edit the time keeping record to reflect those occasions that for example you were interrupted say by a phone call resulting in the recorded task unfairly showing too much time used on that task which could result in clients being over billed. And letís face it; sometimes we goof off and are lazy at our desk doing things we probably shouldnít be doing. The smartest way to use the system is to begin your day (or finish the previous day) by making a list of all your tasks for the day. This exactly the same thing as working from a list and essentially becomes like a notepad of your list of things to do. And as you work through your list, you are simply starting the clock ticking or stopping it by clicking the title of each task as you progress through them. And being able to ìtagî your tasks and make comments as you feel the need are all very helpful additional tools.

Working From Your Task list created by Slimtimer Will Guarantee Your Success

Working from a list by far explains why some people are vastly more successful than others. And by knowing each day where your time was spent, you are more focused and quick with your answers and documentary proof if it ever comes time to explain to the boss or client what you have been doing with your day. Running the reports with Slimtimer is also a very simple matter and it is strongly recommended. Designed to report around a teamís group activity or on the individualís efforts, it is a very visual reporting system that only requires you to click on the format and reporting style that best suits your purposes. And so perhaps you wish to review your billable hours; in which case you will click on the ìinvoicingî icon to have reports produced that give you all the personal or group invoicing positions that you are looking for. And this includes options for rounding up time periods to be within for example the nearest six minute time block; meaning that your time is charged in units of ten percent of every hour. For the most advanced users, there is an API (Application Programming Interface) so that you can port data to other applications.