Time management can be tough when you work online.
Some days, I find myself caught in the digital rabbit hole, surfing though an endless stream of media, social posts, marketing blogs, emails, analytics and just about anything else that pops up.
I surface and realize that a few hours have passed.
How did that happen?
There has to be a better way to scour the net, zip through pertinent emails, write more and be more productive.
Add to my daily work load, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month this year – and I want to make sure I maximize my time so I have plenty left over for the work in progress.
For the last few weeks, I’ve searched for different time management apps to help. Though my search isn’t finished – and I’m not completely sold on a solution – I’ve found several terrific solutions. Many are also great tools for freelancers.
Though some are free, some are paid. I’ve included the price of apps as they are at post time, but this is subject to change.
Ten time management apps for iOS
30/30 (free) – Set up tasks, establish times for each task and let the app guide you through your day. The app uses colors and icons to differentiate tasks. It also uses video game-like sounds – which get annoying after a while. You may want to turn them off, or turn the volume down. I really want to like this app, but the font and the sounds are distracting.
Schedule Planner (free) – Let’s you set tasks and sync with Google Calendar or iCal. It also backs up to DropBox or Google Drive. It also produces pie charts of how you spend your time – a nice visual when you need to make adjustments.
ATracker (free) – This minimalist app lets you set alarms, take notes on activities and track repetitive tasks. It also produces bar and pie charts for how you spend your time.
Timesheet (freemium) – This app allows you to charge different rates to different clients, clocks your hours and allows exports to Excel, PDF or QuickBooks. Statistics show where you spend your time and earn your cash. You can use GPS to clock in and out, and use voice commands to control the app.
Hours ($4.99) – This app shows a timeline at the top – so you can scroll through your day. You create tasks – which are displayed must like a To Do list, then, with the click of a button, start the timer for the task you are working on.
My Minutes ($3.99)- Start your day with a list what’s ahead, so you can stay focused. When you set up tasks, you can set minimum and maximum time frames for them. You can repeat tasks and edit goals. When you are ready to begin, click the Start button on your task. The app will start a countdown. The timer can be a great push to finishing a project.
TimeTracker ($1.99) – This handy app will track the time spent on freelance projects, and download them as text, CSV, or send to your DropBox folder. You can also email time sheet reports from the app.
Time Sheet & Time Tracker w/ GPS ($9.99) – A pricey app, but would be useful to freelancers who need to clock in and out of hourly projects. Exports as text or CSV.
Easy Hours ($3.99) – Another great one for freelancers, Easy Hours let’s you monitor time spent on a project and exports into a CSV. You can also pause time, if you need to take a break. Formerly known as HandsFreeTime.
OfficeTime Time Tracking & Expense Keeping ($7.99) – Reviewers rave about this easy-to-use app, which not only clocks your time, but tracks expenses as well. Bonus: you get copies for BOTH iPad and iPhone when you buy. It’s also available for Mac and PC – and works cross-platform.
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite time management tools for work and play? Let me know in the comments!0