Whether you are billing by the hour or verifying your job time estimates, accurate time tracking is critical for most web workers. Despite this importance, it also tends to be one of the most oft ignored functions. While there are a multitude of widgets and services available, I think the issue with most of them is that time tracking is just so terribly unexciting and the tools designed for this purpose typically do nothing to overcome that.
Enter Klok – Personal Time Tracking Made Easy. It has all the capabilities one would look for in such an app including the ability to track your work by client and project as well as a seemingly unlimited level of sub-projects or tasks. It has a built in start – stop timer and capable reporting options.
The killer feature, though, is that it’s drop dead sexy and brilliantly easy to use.
I’m typically not easily dazzled by eye candy but in this instance the Adobe Air platform is a perfect match for Klok. Each project item is color coded and it’s a snap to drag and drop items to the timesheet or to the built in timer to create your entries. Everything is easily moved and resized and you can drag anything to the trash or to the archives to keep things tidy.
When it’s time to export your time sheet just drag it into excel and you’re all set.
It’s appealing to look at, fun to use, and does what it is supposed to do competently. All of those things add up to make this the one time tracking application that I actually enjoy using.
Klok is freeware and requires the Adobe Air Runtime.