Author Archives: Julia Gifford

About Julia Gifford

Works at DeskTime, which makes time-tracking and productivity software.

New Feature – Archiving Employees to Pay Less and See More

Now account owners and administrators have it even easier – they can archive employees when there will be an extended period of absence, so that the company doesn’t have to pay for the employee while they’re away, and so that they don’t affect the company’s productivity statistics.

Archive employees when you know they’re coming back

Situations when you would wand to use the employee archiving function is when you have an employee that will have an extended period of absence, but you know that they’re coming back. Situations when you might want to archive an employee:

  • the employee has gone on maternity or paternity leave
  • the employee is going on a sabbatical
  • the employee is a contractor who works with your company periodically, but not constantly

You don’t pay for archived employees

When an employee is archived, they’re no longer part of the amount of employees you’re paying for monthly. This way your company can avoid paying for inactive employees.

Archiving employees

Archive employees to keep them out of your reports

The benefit of archiving employees (besides not having to pay for them) that you know won’t be showing up at work for a while, is that they won’t be constantly showing up in your reports as “absent”, and messing up your statistics. Their data will still show up in previous months when they had been active. At any point it’s possible to restore an archived employee. That can be done at the sample place the employee was archived – under “settings”->”employees”. Have any questions? Be sure to get in touch at support@desktime.com!

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Private Time Reminders Have Arrived!

A common problem DeskTime users have is that when they put on “Private Time” mode (where no time is tracked or goes towards the working day), they forget to take it off. That lead to lots of time that was spent actually working was completely unaccounted for. 

You will never have the problem of lost working time again, thanks to the new Private Time feature.

You will automatically be reminded in 15 minutes that you’re still in Private Time.

This will pop up on your screen

This will pop up on your screen

That way, if you’ve forgotten, you simply uncheck Private Time, and get back to tracking all the work you’re doing. If you’re still using Private Time and don’t want to track your time, you can simply ignore the reminder. You’ll get another one in 15 minutes, and every 15 minutes after that.  

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3 simple resolutions to maximize productivity in 2014

It’s a new year, a time for looking back at your previous year, and looking ahead to the next. Here are three very simple resolutions that will keep productivity high in 2014.

1. Focus on the few vital tasks

Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80/20 rule)? It states that 80% of results come from 20% of the causes. This means that of all of your daily tasks, you will get 80% of your total daily results from those 20% of tasks.

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The Productivity of Breaks

For many people, being productive is doing with a “Get Shit Done” mindset and attitude. And while it’s undeniable that work can only be done when a person is actually doing something, there’s a growing mountain of evidence that points towards breaks as an improving factor in an individual’s productivity. We’re going to look at this mountain and get to the bottom of why it seems that doing nothing is helping us do other stuff.

Not everyone can concentrate for 8 hours straight

Not everyone can concentrate for 8 hours straight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Become a DeskTime Affiliate Partner

Earn for every customer you send our way

We’ve launched an affiliate program that will let you make money for every client you send to us – simply sign up to become an affiliate parter,  suggest DeskTime to others who might benefit from time tracking, and then watch as you make money.

The way it works

1. You create an account – you’ll be given several different links, each one is linked to your account. So we know if someone comes to our site from your link, then we know to credit you!

2. Share your links – send your links to people who you think might be interested. Or just put your links out into the internet! It’s up do you!

3. Earn money – you get notified when someone has registered to DeskTime from your links. Like every DeskTime user, they get a one month free trial to see if they like it. At the end of the month, if they decide to continue using DeskTime, then you begin to earn. You get 25% of the amount they pay, every month!

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20 Minutes, 3 Steps, Higher Productivity

Don't make more work for yourself

Don’t make more work for yourself

Believe it or not, there are three easy steps you can do at the end of your workday to make make yourself more productive. All it takes is to take 20 minutes to prepare. Here’s what you’ll do:

1) Arrange for the next day

Place everything you need for the next place in the place you’ll need it. Things like pulling out the files you know you’ll have to work with, putting the things you won’t need farther away from yourself, and things you will need, closer.

2) Clean your desk

Start the day off with a clean slate. The less knick-knacks, memos, old bills, and stacks of paper will only serve as another possible distraction. Get rid of it. Or put it all in a box until you can deal with it – whatever works for you.

3) Write down the top 3 things that are a priority for you for the following day

And start off right away with those! Don’t even open your email, because we know what a bottomless pit of time-sucking that can be. The feeling of knocking-off a must-do priority item off your to-do list at the very beginning of the day will make sure that not only have you actually done something of value today, but the feeling of getting things done will be so exhilarating that you’ll gladly fling yourself into the next assignment.

Hit the ground running!

Making an open-plan office productive

Office layout is the underestimated warrior of workplace productivity. It has the power to either stimulate or undermine the ability for an individual to work at their best. Rows of grey cubicles can stifle creativity, while an open-concept office can be an invitation to distractions. Though there’s no correct answer, the most recent trend is to work in an open-concept space. Here are some suggestions for maintaining productivity while working in an open-concept office.

Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice, took his employee’s productivity into consideration when designing the layout of their new office. In a conversation we have with him, we found out some things they learned.

The open-plan layout at Software Advice

The open-plan layout at Software Advice

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The easiest way to update your Chrome extension

It’s been a tumultuous month in regard to tracking websites through the Chrome browser. We’re glad to announce the final, and easiest way to track your time using Chrome. It involves installing the Chrome extension, you can get it in two places.

The simplest way to install the Chrome extension

We made a dedicated page where you can find the button to install the Chrome extension. Simply go here, and you’ll find it. Once you get there, click the big green button. You’ll be asked if you want to add the extension, and you should choose “Add”. It will look like this:

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New Projects Feature – Timer!

One of the most frequent problems we hear about the projects feature is that you often forget to turn it off, and after a break, remembering to turn it back on.

The most recent update (so far only available for Mac, but Windows and Linux should be available soon!) has brought about big changes for the Projects element of DeskTime.

The new project timer will show you what project you’re working on, remind you when it’s stopped, and easily start up and change between projects. 

Now a window will pop out, letting you know the status of your project

Now a window will pop out, letting you know the status of your project

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Solving the Chrome issue – Track your websites on Chrome

This week Windows users will have seen a change in their DeskTime tracking.

When the popular internet browser, Chrome, released their updates, several Chrome extensions around the internet stopped functioning as they were supposed to. The DeskTime Chrome extension – the little tid bit that lets DeskTime separate the different sites you visit, was one of them. As a result, many people are now seeing “Chrome”, as the application that’s being tracked, in stead of the different websites visited.

The good news is – we’ve worked out a solution. The bad new is – it’s not available for Linux just yet. The linux update will be available next week, so make sure to follow us either on Twitter or Facebook to get that notification.

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