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Re: Lifehack: Tools for Keeping Track of Your Work Hours

by TimButterfield (Monk)
on Feb 21, 2008 at 17:56 UTC ( [id://669326]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Lifehack: Tools for Keeping Track of Your Work Hours

Some of the companies I have worked at needed a break-down of hours spent on different projects/tasks. To make that information easy to keep track of, I created a small C#.Net WinForm application. When running and minimized, it lived in the Windows system tray. A right-click menu of the system tray icon provided a quick way to begin a new task for one of the 'active' projects. Configurable options allowed for displaying an entry dialog at the beginning and/or at the end of a task for entering notes. The project and task data was stored in XML files.

My requirements for this type of tool were:

  • Small, doesn't get in the way; unobtrusive when running
  • Quick to start new tasks in case someone stops by for a 'brief' discussion or I get pulled into an unexpected meeting
  • Easy to see how long I have worked on the current task, shown via a balloon help window when hovering over the system tray icon
  • Able to summarize/group data by project, but can still get/copy detail to clipboard for entry into a company time system
  • Doesn't require selecting from a list of mostly old, inactive projects. Active vs inactive projects. See 'quick' above.

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