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Okay, this article is not about the things that web designers are tired of hearing. This article is actually about a tool that can improve their work.
Yes, we’re talking about time tracking tool.
Now I know, this is not the first time web designers have heard about the time tracking tool, there’s no mystery involved. But, let this article be a small guide to some of the features and tips you can use to flourish your work. We will be talking about some of the time tracking features that web designers can use and optimize their hours in a better way.
Shall we begin?
Don’t leave that timer behind!
Almost every time tracking app offers this feature, yet a very few designers use the timer to record the exact time of a particular activity.
I understand this may not be the most ideal way to work, but you can find out the exact time of a particular task. Finding the exact time of a particular task helps in future planning. Let’s say, you tried the timer for designing a carousel for a website. The timer records 2 hours and a few minutes for this task, from the start to the end.
This gives you an exact idea about how much time it takes to design a carousel. I totally understand the level of complexity can be different every time. But, knowing the exact time will give you a reference line.
The hidden benefits of time tracking
In the previous point, we discussed the use of a timer to find the exact time of each task. Knowing the exact time for each activity helps when designers have multiple tasks on the same day. If you know the exact time for each activity, you can manage your entire day and set up realistic deadlines! You can also set the schedule based on the priority, interest, time consumption, etc.
I don’t know about others, but web designers must know the time management 101. Almost all the agencies are charging their clients on an hourly basis. They even have packages designed based on hours, and the price for each hour is fixed.
For a business that is completely dependent on the productivity of web designers, time tracking should be in a top chart. Knowing the exact task time is quite important, not just for a designer, but for the entire agency.
Make use of integrations & Chrome Extension
Almost all the major time tracking tools are offering integrations with various important tools. Web designers work on various project management tools like Basecamp, Trello, Asana, etc. While working on such tools, web designers can directly track time. Other payment integrations like PayPal & Authirize.net can help freelancers web designers to get payments directly in the time tracking tool.
Almost every time tracking app is offering its Google Chrome extension as its base feature. With Chrome extension, you save a lot of time jumping back and forth from your task to time tracking app. You can directly feed your time entries from such extension. In many cases, Chrome extension can directly fetch the tool you’re working upon (like Basecamp) and select the default project.
With app integrations and Chrome extensions, web designers can save a lot of time.
Dessert for the freelancer web designers
Time tracking app can be a tasty dessert for freelance web designers. Since freelancers are working simultaneously on multiple projects, they can effectively manage all their tasks with an awareness of time.
One of the best things time tracking app does for freelancers is – budgeting. Since freelancers are going to know how many hours each task will take, they can design a budget for the entire project. They can set up the budget (in terms of hours) at the beginning of the project and count their steps till the end.
For any independent worker, time is the real money. The income fluctuates based on the number of projects, and it is very crucial to get the right amount on hand. By setting up the budget, freelancers can design the entire project according to their ability. And of course, they can manage payments as well!
That becomes an entire project tracking tool for freelancers!
The learning never stops!
This is the part where web designers can improve their productivity. Here’s a good quote on productivity by Stephen Covey:
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priority.”
By really analyzing each and every task with its timestamp, web designers can find a balance between what’s important that needs to be done and what’s not the priority and can wait. Woah, don’t let that sentence pass, care to read again.
There are multiple metrics to complete a project and if web designers can find the best metric, they can do a lot more than the average.
Personally, web designers can also find tasks that take less time and vice versa.
That’s always helpful!
So, these are some ways web designers can utilize the time tracking tool. There are some great time tracking apps available in the market with built-in invoicing and lots of integrations. Make sure to check them out and pick that fits your needs. Share your experiences of time tracking with the rest of the community by commenting below.