Online software and mobile apps have become a big part of managing our busy and sometimes hectic lives. From iCalanders to wellness apps, we’re constantly finding new ways to save time and improve our lives.
With so much mental stimulation, it’s no wonder time keeping and productivity tools have become so popular for those of us trying to successfully manage our work-life balance.
With this in mind, we’ve put together this handy guide featuring some of the best free and low-cost time keeping tools around.
Focus booster is a productivity tool that encourages users to work in 25-minute intervals, with 5 minutes break in between each session. It’s based on the Pomodoro technique and can greatly improve productivity.
It’s a simple but effective tool and whilst it can be a little weird getting used to this style of working at first, those who stick at it generally notice an improvement in their time keeping and productivity.
Like all the tools in this guide, Focus booster does require you to have some self-discipline but if you’re looking for time keeping apps, you’re probably ready to improve productivity.
Download Focus Booster as an app or, if you prefer, as desktop software and choose from a free, individual or professional package.
Much like Focus Booster, Timer Blocks takes its inspiration from the Pomodoro technique but also goes a little further, allowing you to really customise your time keeping experience.
Create ‘activity lists’ composed of tasks you’d like to get done every day and either set yourself a simple reminder or a timer, to help you focus on one specific task for a set amount of time. This tool is pretty versatile, can be used for professional and recreational activities, and doesn’t force you to stick to one particular method of working.
Best of all, Timer Blocks is free to download and won’t make your computer sluggish.
Clear Focus is a time keeping tool that alternates short working sessions with regular breaks in between – sound familiar? The difference with this app is that you can track your completed sessions on a graph over long periods of time.
It breaks down how many hours you spend working in total, as well as offering an insight into task distribution. This is a simple but impressive app that can help you to keep and manage your time more effectively.
Download Clear Focus for free on Google Play.
If you’re looking for a fully integrated time keeping tool with all the bells and whistles, then Toggl might just be your new favourite thing. Like most of the other apps in this guide, you can set yourself standard timers and group activities or tasks depending on your needs.
The mobile app is useful for basic tracking and organising but the downloadable desktop tool goes even further. With Toggl on your PC or laptop, you’ll have the added benefit of automatic tracking and timing. It can monitor website activity, your computer down times and even keywords to eventually create a seamless, semi-automatic tracking experience.
Toggl is free for up to 5 users and can be downloaded here.