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This article was published on January 30, 2016

8 time tracking tools that can skyrocket productivity

8 time tracking tools that can skyrocket productivity
Scott Gerber
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Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at

As you seek to make your business more productive, you can run into efficiency roadblocks. You know how you spend your own time, but how do you teach employees about the specifics of prioritization and show them where they’re wasting time? Looking for an actionable solution, I asked eight members of Young Enreprenur Council (YEC) the following:

What is your preferred tool for tracking how much time employees spend on specific tasks and why?

Their best answers are below:

1. Harvest

Michael SpinosaIn professional services, it’s very important that everyone understands how their time is spent. At Unleashed Technologies, we use Harvest so that individualscan understand how they are spending time and if that strategy is effective. Many team members are often shocked at the time they spend on items that don’t provide real value. – Michael SpinosaUnleashed Technologies

2. Freshbooks

Adam SteeleI have many subcontractors, and so we often use Freshbooks to time-track and invoice. It also helps me budget folks’ time against client budgets. It’s super easy to learn for everyone (most already use it) and free or inexpensive. – Adam SteeleThe Magistrate


3. TimeCamp

Kevin GetchWe’ve been utilizing TimeCamp for the last year or so, and the team has had a lot of positive things to say about it. It’s easy to input time, and it syncs with our project management/CRM software, allowing us to easily input time on tasks that have been assigned. It also provides great reporting and allows you to assign users with different roles. – Kevin GetchWebfor

4. Timedoctor

Piyush JainWe are an IT company and use Timedoctor on each programmer’s PC. It captures the time by task, inactivity time, clock-in/clock-out time, mouse and keyboard activity and screenshot. Best of all, it’s only nine dollars per user. – Piyush JainSIMpalm


5. Active Collab

Shalyn DeverWe use Active Collab to track employee time. It’s a simple tool that includes a timer to help accurately measure our time on client work and internal tasks. With this tool, we can bill our agency clients in an effective and near-effortless manner. – Shalyn DeverChatter Buzz


6. Toggl

TogglAndrew Namminga (1) is an awesome online time management software. It allows employees to track the time they spend on tasks which helps managers keep track of their employees, and employees keep track of the amount of time it takes for each step of the project. – Andrew NammingaAndesign

7. RescueTime

Kamil MroczekRescueTime helps you categorize the time you spend daily and analyze your productivity. The free tier gets you a long way. It gives you a weekly productivity score and categorizes your time into buckets like “Communication and Scheduling” and “Business and Software Development.” You can customize the groupings and which apps belong to which group. It’s great for determining where all the time goes in the day. – Kamil MroczekSense360

8. Chrometa

Chris SmithChrometa is a nice timetracking application that can be installed on most devices. It tracks time for every activity or site visited on that device and allows the user to export the time into other third-party applications. – Chris SmithSmith Simmons, PLLC

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