timeBro's fully automatic tracking helps you track time on your projects in Teamwork
What is timeBro?
timeBro is an add-on for Teamwork: It's a desktop app that captures your day to help you remember what you worked on. And it allows you to log times faster and more precisely into Teamwork.
Why should I try it?
Time tracking is a huge waste of time – if you even do it. Most people forget about it or push the task ahead. When they finally do it they have forgotten what they work on and can only give rough estimates that are 33-64% incorrect – but still time-consuming to make.
How does this work?
1. Your day is already recorded for you. timeBro automatically captures all your computer activities (your work in programs, email & browser), calendar appointments and absence times.
2. Click & drag your time entries in calendar style. Use the times displayed in your timeline as a memory aid to determine time periods and assign them to the projects imported from Teamwork.
3. Export your time entries with one click. With just one click, timeBro enters all the time entries and comments you made that day into Teamwork.
How can I connect timeBro & Teamwork?
1. Follow this link or click the button below to create your timeBro account. Teamwork will be pre-selected as your connected project software.
2. Download, install and log into timeBro with the account you just created.
3. You’ll be directed automatically to the screen “Projects” – where you’ll be asked to log in with your Teamwork account once to confirm the integration.
That’s it. From now on you can import your projects from Teamwork to timeBro, assign hours to those projects and export your hours & comments back to Teamwork.
When people ask us "Why do we need automatic time tracking?", we usually start by asking "Why do you need time tracking at all?“ Answer: You want to know how much time is spent on your tasks. Be it to calculate how much you can charge your clients or to be able to plan upcoming projects profitably. So it’s a good idea to track time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. That’s an open secret.
The hours you are currently tracking are incorrect
If you ever had to do time tracking yourself, you already know: it sucks. It’s hard to remember what you’ve worked on – even if you do it the same day. According to the study "Time is money" in the Harvard Business Review, the accuracy of same-day time tracking is at 67 percent. So 33 percent are forgotten or assigned to the wrong projects. If times are estimated only once a week, the accuracy drops to 48 percent.
Sure, it would be possible to track times more accurately. All you’d have to do is keep looking at the clock throughout your day and note down times when changing tasks. Or press a stopwatch before and after each task. Or just update your hours constantly in your timesheet. This sounds simple in theory – but in reality it would constantly interrupt your workflow.
Even if people wouldn't forget to stick to this continuous method of time tracking as soon as they have to focus on their actual work: Why would anyone want to put in the effort after all?
Employees don’t have incentives to do time tracking
While freelancers need to be accurate with their time tracking to get paid – employees are not really obsessed with accuracy. For at least two good reasons:
Don’t get us wrong: The majority of employees is super loyal to their companies. But hardly any employees see their contribution in documenting their work – but in their work, to say in their value-adding activities themselves: Consulting, ideas, design, development or project management. This is where the talents are, this is where the motivation lies, this is where feedback is provided.
The solution is faster than estimating times
What can fully automatic time tracking do about this? Honestly: Nothing. In contrast to stopwatch solutions or timesheets it doesn’t deny the reality: Employees will never be willing to interrupt their work for time tracking. It doesn’t make sense for them. The few who are willing to put in this enormous amount of effort will nevertheless forget about it as soon as their day gets busier.
So in the end, all employees end up estimating times retrospectively. Some at the end of the day – but many of them only every 2 or 3 days or at the end of the week. And right there’s the chance for a win-win situation – because remembering past days and estimating is exhausting.
What if I, as an employee, didn't have to bust my head to remember days? If didn’t have to make wild guesses or even make up a day? When I had an assistant, who would show me a journal of my day I would not only be much faster at remembering what I worked on. Also, my times would be much more accurate.
And that's exactly what timeBro’s automatic time tracking can do for you: It chronologically lists all your computer activities in files, emails and programs, all calendar appointments and all offline times in a timeline. It helps you remember and allows you to click & drag time periods that you can assign to your Teamwork projects. So it allows you to log times faster and more precisely into Teamwork.