There are several benefits of time tracking. Here are just 7 of them:
1. Identify non-essential activities
Time is a limited resource. If you don’t track it, there’s a high probability that you have no clue about how much time is wasted on non-essential activities. You might even be shocked when you find the truth.
2. Stay aligned with your goals
When you track how you spend your time, you’ll be able to see if you’re on the right track to accomplishing your goals.
3. Define and clarify your goals
Many people are living without having defined clear goals. Tracking your time and taking a closer look at how you spend it might help you, or even “force” you, clarify and define your goals.
4. Tune and improve task estimates
Tracking your work time allows you to compare your initial estimates with how long it really took to accomplish certain tasks. This will help you make the necessary adjustments for similar future tasks.
5. Create daily routines and habits
Tracking your time might help you create daily routines and habits. In time, these habits will help you fight against procrastination.
6. Adjust your work rates
If you charge by the hour, tracking your work time is mandatory so you can get paid/charge fairly. If you have a flat rate, tracking your work time is still a good idea as it will give you a price/hour and allow you to compare yourself with those who offer similar services but charge by the hour.
7. Time tracking is easy to do
Keeping track of your time has become a very simple process through the use of time tracking software no matter where you are: at home, at the office or on the go. You only click Start when you begin an activity and Stop when you’ve finished.
There might be more benefits of time tracking. If I’ve missed some, just let me know in the comments section. And if you want to use a free time tracking app yourself, you can try Paymo.