Remember this little “joke” from elementary school? It fit well with my post today because I am sharing some different ways to help you keep track of your time. (Especially if your current ways aren’t working for you.) It is so important to make sure you are keeping track of your time. The first step to efficiently planning any sort of activity (including work) is to know how you are spending your time.
Get a Timer
Go down to your local Radio Shack or electronic store and buy a digital timer that you use only for your office.
Track time spent on:
- client calls,
- email, and anything else you can think of.
Find a Browser Plug-in to Track Productivity
This will help you keep track of how long you are spending on certain websites. (Take note WordPress & Joomla developers!)
I couldn’t find one for Internet Explorer, however, the next timer is the next best option if you prefer IE.
Download-able Desktop Timers
Cool Timer is a free download for your PC to clock your time. * If you do download this product, I recommend that you uncheck the installation for the browser toolbar.
Online Project Management Tools
Zoho’s CRM online service is free for up to 3 users, and offer very affordable month subscriptions for larger teams. You can create contacts and log calls, tasks, etc.
You can also check out Google Sites if you would like to try another robust project management system. All you have to do is create a new site and choose the project management template.
Last week I posted a poll to find out how many years of experience our readers have in virtual business. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that we have a very good mix of fresh newcomers and seasoned veterans who read our blog. As any experienced virtual assistant will tell you, in the beginning, time will be your greatest asset. So remember that your time is very valuable, and you must learn early to keep track of it. Many of the tools I have shared with you today are free or offer free trials. Remember that free is only a place to start. As your business grows and your time becomes more scarce, invest in quality products and services that save you time so you can focus on your customers.