As a freelancer, I strive for organization. I have more spreadsheets on my desktop than I care to think about, I make schedules, I carefully plan out when I’m going to work on what project. And yet, at the end of the day I wonder – where did the time go? What did I actually accomplish?
TimeTag, an app designed by Capparsa, aims to solve that problem with the simplest concept possible; a stopwatch. That’s what you’ll see when you open the app for the first time. Tap the “Start” button to start the time and begin an activity, then tap “Stop” when you’re done.
Once you’ve timed what you’re doing, tap the records icon on the bottom of the screen to see the length of time and date of your activity recorded. Tap the activity to give it a “tag” or name, assign it a category and add a note if you wish.
After playing with the app, I would actually recommend selecting the tags icon at the bottom to create and customize your categories before timing yourself. The existing categories include “Leisure,” “Other,” “School” and “Work,” but you can create and color-code as many as you like.
Once you tap “Stop” to end an activity, it’s pretty necessary to enter the appropriate tags and categories right away, as when you go into “Records” to review them, they’re all called “no tags” and it can get confusing. However, once you’ve given each one a category, the appearance is orderly and color-coded. You can select the “Filter” option to filter and search your activities by start or end date, tag, or category.
My favorite feature of TimeTag is the “Export” option. Tapping “Export” gives you a spreadsheet-style view of all your data, including date, tag name, category, your check in and check out time, and the total amount of time. It also automatically groups the data both by tags and category. This feature alone is why I will continue to use this app; no more entering what article I wrote for which website and by which date in a spreadsheet when TimeTag can do it for me. As a bonus, you can both email the data or send it to your Dropbox. For $3.99, this is an excellent time-organizing tool.
TimeTag [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.