We were honored to be a part of the Everywhere Else Conference last week in Memphis, TN. It was an amazing experience to be in the same room with so many other like minded people, those with lofty ambitions of changing the world with their startup.
We set up our booth in the middle of the Memphis Conference Center next to a number of startup exhibitors and a couple thousand attendees. On the first day of the conference, we did a presentation and demo to a full room of people.
A frequently-raised concern about using Worksnaps to track time is about privacy. As time being tracked and screen shots being taken, how can one protect his privacy and make sure that manager sees his work but not his private information, such as the web pages he visited when taking a legitimate break from work to deal with the personal matters?
Allocate time to process your personal things
It sounds quite trivial, but this good habit goes a long way. Just like working in an office, it is important to form a habit to allocate a chunk of your time to do personal things such as making doctor’s appointment, checking how your kids are doing, replying personal emails and etc. By having the time allocated for those, you can focus on work and not get distracted since you know when you will get to your personal tasks. The same principal applies when you work remotely. When you use Worksnaps to log time, you focus on the work related tasks. When it’s time to do personal things, you can suspend logging time and screen shots.
If you do not accurately track and bill your time, you could be missing out on a lot of income. One of the biggest reasons for lost wages amongst freelancers and those who must log their hours to be paid is lack of adequate time tracking. Why would someone not track for billable hours? Well, one of the most common reasons is simply that they forget.
When you work at home, there are many distractions to deal with and they occur on a daily basis. You may be trying to balance work, home, and other responsibilities and when it comes time to log your hours on a project, you “guesstimate” how much time you actually spent working on it. Work time is billable time but if you’re not clearly separating time spent on a particular project with all the other things you are doing in your day, you may be missing out on billable hours and short-changing yourself.
Another problem is that when you’re new at working for yourself, you may not realize just how much time you really do put into your job. It could be a lot more than you think, which means that you could be losing a lot of income simply because you are not tracking your time properly.