How Can Time Management Benefit Small Business Owners?

Time is a priceless resource that cannot be wasted at any cost. Small business owners often find it hard to create an effective time management plan that ensures the proper completion of all essential projects on time.

A proper time management plan will allow business owners to manage their organization’s operations in a smooth and coherent way. A well-ordered task schedule reduces the chances of making careless mistakes.

One of the major factors behind the success of any business is a good time management plan. It helps its employees properly organize their activities and raise their efficiency level. This translates into overall growth for the business and creates a work environment that is akin to a well-oiled machine.

What can a good time management plan enable your business to accomplish?

  1. Better planning of business strategies

It is hard to think up good business strategies if you spend most of your time focusing on routine business operations.

A proper time management plan will allow your company to sort its activities in a way that minimizes wastage of time and ensures that each of them is completed within a specific period. This will give you the opportunity to focus on more important things like business planning and strategizing.

  1. Extra time for relaxation

Cutting down on time wastages at work can allow you and your employees to have enough time to engage in leisure activities with your family and friends. A relaxed employee is a productive employee! Enabling your staff to have enough time to relax will have a positive effect on the productivity of your business.

How to improve your time management plan?

Here are a few useful tips to help you improve your organization’s time management capabilities:

1. Plan in advance

Planning for a project well in advance is vital for ensuring its success. It will give you enough time to thoroughly examine every aspect of the project and prepare for dealing with any problem that could hinder its successful implementation.

2. Prioritize your business activities

No time management plan is effective until your task list is properly prioritized. Your business will only be able to meet deadlines if your projects are prioritized correctly.

3. Be prepared for disruptions

Unforeseen events, such as equipment malfunctions, can often leave your business activities in disarray. When scheduling your projects, make sure that you have allocated enough time to deal with issues that could disrupt your operations.

4. Use a time tracking solution

The most effective way of coming up with a good time management plan is by using an online time tracking tool. It will help you properly prioritize your tasks and enable you to cut down the amount of time your employees waste at work on unproductive activities.

Chrometa offers quality time management software that allows you to maximize the potential of your business. You can sign-up for a free 30-day trail to test the efficacy of our product.

To know more about our time tracking app, speak with us at +1 888 340 6425 ext. 3, or reach us via email us at sales@chrometa.com.

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What Is The Best Way To Prioritize Your Tasks?

In today’s fast moving work environment, the ability to prioritize your tasks is one of the prized assets that an employee or business manager can have. More often than not, we find ourselves with a to-do list that almost seems endless.

When faced with an endless number of tasks, even the most hardworking employees and business people can be stressed out. What should I do first? That is the question that most people ask themselves when confronted with an overwhelming work load.

Tips for prioritizing your tasks

In order to ensure that your productivity remains high, it is necessary to select the right tasks to do first.

Here are a few useful ideas for prioritizing your tasks effectively:

  1. Make a comprehensive task list

The first step toward prioritizing your takes is to come up with a task list that has a brief description about what each task is all about. This will help you remember things that need to be done and give you an idea about the extent of your total workload.

  1. Ranks the items on your list

The next step involves ranking the items on your task list according to how important they are. After the ranking has been done, write down all the items on another sheet of paper in descending order of importance.

While ranking your tasks, three things have to be kept in mind:

  • The urgency of the task (as determined by its deadline)
  • The potential impact, in financial and non-financial terms, of not completing it on time
  • The time required to complete it

Let us discuss each of these three factors in turn:

· The urgency of the tasks

Always make sure that you respect deadlines that have already been decided. Making requests to extend deadlines can often leave a negative impression in the minds of your clients and portray you as being unprofessional in your dealings.

Focus on tasks that are close to deadlines and try to finish them first. Refrain from asking for a deadline extension until it absolutely necessary.

· The potential impact

Some projects can have a larger impact than others. While it is important to respect deadlines, sometimes you need to shift your focus to tasks that can have a greater financial or non-financial impact on your career and personal life.

· The time required for completion

Sometimes, a project can take a very large amount of time to complete. In such cases, you might have to lower the priority level of the task because it could jeopardize the completion of several other projects, and some of them could be quite important. Be sure to pursue those projects first which can be completed without causing delays.

  1. Strictly pursue your list

Every now and then, you might be tempted to stray from the order on your list and tackle the easier jobs first. Avoid doing that! Stick to the list no matter what. You’ll have to sacrifice your personal preferences to maintain a reasonable level of productivity.

Chrometa provides effective time tracking solutions to help you prioritize your tasks in an efficient way. We offer excellent time tracking apps for android smartphones at cost-friendly prices.

To learn more about our products, call +1 888 340 6425 ext. 3, or email us at sales@chrometa.com.

New Integration: Connecting Chrometa with Harvest

Our new integration with Harvest brings passive timekeeping to an already simple and robust time tracking, expense tracking, and invoicing solution. Here’s how to set it up.

Chrometa Demo: 100% Passive Timekeeping

Not yet familiar with Chrometa? Here’s a 1-minute overview:

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Ready to start capturing time passively, and sending it to Harvest seamlessly? You’ll capture more time, more accurately – and you’ll spend less time reconciling your time too.

Click this link to sign up for your Chrometa account, and take advantage of our 30-day free trial:

Now, Connect to Harvest

Go to Account – Integrations in Chrometa. Locate Harvest in the top row, and click the Connect button:

Next, tell Harvest that it’s OK for Chrometa to access your Harvest account:

Next, Import Your Harvest Projects

You’ll then be redirected to your Projects tab where you can import your Harvest project list into Chrometa. Click the Import From Harvest button in the top row to do this:

Then, Assign Time Entries to Your Projects

You’ll now be able to assign time entries to your Harvest projects (which now exist as Chrometa projects, too). You can do this by using Rules as well as the Move To Project dropdown from the Time Summary screen.

 

Finally, Export Your Time Entries to Harvest

As you complete your Timesheet, you can move your time entries over to Harvest for a given day, or even a given week. Just use the Export dropdown from the Timesheet view to send your entries across the wire to Harvest:

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They’ll appear in Harvest as if they were created there in the first place!

You can use Chrometa to supplement your timekeeping within Harvest. In case you forgot to enter your time in as you worked on something, or you forgot to start the timer, you’ll have a “safety net” of time entries that were passively captured for you – which can easily be sent over to Harvest by following these steps.

3 New Chrometa Features for February

Here’s Chrometa’s February 2017 product update – we’ve got three new features to discuss!

Have an idea or request? Please click here to get a look at our product roadmap and help contribute to our product prioritization.

Now let’s talk about our new Office 365 integration…
#1: Capture Outlook 365 Email Time
Outlook 365 users can now enjoy the advanced “email time capture” support that regular Outlook, Gmail and Mac Mail users have. Just connect Chrometa up with your Outlook 365 account, and we’ll capture the time you spend reading and composing each email along with the:
  • To
  • From 
  • Subject Line
To connect your Chrometa account with Outlook 365, click Integrations – Office 365 – Connect.
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Have an idea for a new Chrometa feature or integration? Want to see our current list and product roadmap? Click here to submit your thoughts and “vote up” ideas that you like best.
 
#2: Recent Projects in Dropdown
Some of you have asked for a list of Recent Projects to appear first in theMove To Project dropdown. Next time you use this dropdown, you’ll see the last 5 projects you assigned time to at the top of the list – with the other projects below in alphabetical order as they were previously. 
 
And don’t forget you can also use the Active Search box to narrow down both lists. Just start typing the name of your Client or Projects and the list will filter automatically.
#3: New Timeline Options
The Timeline view is a play-by-play of what you did throughout the day. It’ll give you a breakdown all the way down to the minute when needed.
 
We’ve been gradually adding additional “toggling” options to the top of the Timeline view. We now have:
  • Latest first (to flip the view to most recent entries on top)
  • Hide categorized (for time that’s already been bucketed)
  • Highlight uncategorized (for time that has NOT yet been bucketed)
  • Collapse block hours (to collapse entries down to their hour blocks)
If you don’t look at the Timeline view often, here’s a shortcut for you: To select a group of entries in a row, hold down the Shift key while you click the start and end of your activity. That will highlight all entries in between.
 
Once you have a run of entries highlighted, you can then categorize and annotate them at the same time using the Move To Project dropdown – and they’ll roll up to your Timesheet as one entry.
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Top 5 Professions That Need Time Management

Saying hello to a full-time job often means saying goodbye to all the extra time you once had—the luxury of staring at a blank wall and exclaiming your boredom.

You may think a standard 9 to 5 job can’t be as demanding as we say. Some professions, however, have it a lot worse than others. Advertising agencies, for instance, have longer work hours, while a morning shift at a café may be shorter—but equally (if not more) demanding.

At the end of the day, each line of work is unique in terms of managing time, relying on a different skill-set to meet timely objectives and produce results.

Managing Time (and Stress)

The success of every business depends on its employees’ ability to handle stress.

Some industries are known for their swift service, raising the standard by hiring people who excel at time management. Here are the top 5 professions that make the cut:

1. Medical and Healthcare

Emergency units, surgeries, physician assistants, radiologists—everything and everyone in a hospital or medical care unit depends on quick service. This means hiring qualified professionals who aren’t just skilled in the trade, but also experienced in working under pressure and remaining composed in intense situations.

2. Information Technology

Anything that involves technology and data collection, inevitably translates into automation and observation. Logistics managers are responsible for a range of duties, including but not limited to coordinating, managing, planning, and initiating all kinds of complex IT projects.

3. Lawyers

Ever heard of a lawyer who had nothing but time? No? It’s probably because they don’t have any to spare between preparing for court and dealing with clients.

4. Advertising agencies

Notorious for their long hours and demanding clients, advertising agencies must master a careful balancing act between coordinating with vendors and working with designers to deliver quality projects.

5. CEOs

When CEOs cancel meetings, they’re not trying to show that they can. They’re doing it because their presence is requested by a number of individuals, at multiple venues at the same time. Stress level: easily an 11 on 10.

We understand how frustrating it can be to not give your all to a project or work assignment simply because of a shortage of time. From freelancers and stock brokers to IT professionals and marketing—we’ve provided time management services to all, and know exactly what a difference technology can make when it comes to tracking progress.

Chrometa is your online answer to improving business efficiency.

We provide state-of-the-art time-tracking software for Windows and Mac, as well as iPhones and Android. Contact us now and boost your productivity!

How We Can Help You Overcome Sleep Deprivation

There are few things worse than being at work with bloodshot eyes, wanting nothing more than to sleep at your desk, dreaming of being in bed—on your way to destination La La Land.

Far from being a passing phase in college during exam time, sleep deprivation is a serious concern that exacerbates stress, induces migraines, and makes you susceptible to a host of physiological and psychological illnesses that can hamper your health and wellbeing.

Despite the volume of research having been conducted on sleep deprivation, many victims remain ignorant of the dangers of compromising on sleep—oblivious to its effects on the quality of their life.

Knowing When to Rest

Everyone knows the importance of eating well and sleeping well, but few take the initiative of actually following a balanced lifestyle.

What’s even more surprising is the fact that sleep deprivation stems from a serious case of time mismanagement, and an inability to keep track of one’s schedule.

Think about it.

When was the last time you were so sleepy at work that you couldn’t keep your eyes open to complete the last order of the day?

Now think about why you were feeling so sleepy in the first place.

Was it a late-night party?

Staying up watching a political talk show?

Catching the NBA highlights?

Perhaps making a long-distance phone call to your significant other?

Whatever the reason, in all likelihood, it’s something that could have easily waited or done at a more convenient hour of the day.

Diagnosis and Cure

We’re a tech company that thrives on productivity.

And you know what the number one enemy of productivity is?

You guessed it—sleep deprivation!

Poor handling of time causes you to procrastinate, delay your goals, slack away at work, and lose the inclination to be creative and perform at an optimal level.

This is why we emphasize on the principles of time management, creating unique time-tracking software that helps you maintain a schedule and keep track of your progress.

Chrometa proposes innovative business solutions to help you run your company more efficiently.

We do this by offering an impressive range of android apps and timesheets used for data accruement and time logging.

To date, our products and services have served a number of businesses to overwhelming feedback, helping in employee time keeping and making an impression on students.

Why delay, when you can get it now?

Call us now and make sure you never have to yawn at work again!

5 Benefits of Our Time-Management Software for Students

From when we set our first step in school to the time we move out with a college degree, we lead the challenging days of educational life. While for most of the part, we are free from all adult life responsibilities, we have important concerns like getting excellent grades and making it into the right college.

We have a number of personal development responsibilities on our shoulders during this time—one of the most important being time management.

This is exactly what our time tracking software, Chrometa, is designed to help you with.

Our software works as a personal timekeeping assistant, integrating across all your devices and keeping you updated on exactly what you used your time with so that eventually you can make the transition into work life with a clear idea of what time management is truly about.

Here are 5 benefits our time management software offers for students of all levels:

1. Helps Develop Effective Learning Skills

When you know how to manage time the right way, you learn more effectively. You allocate study hours, and stick to it, simply because it’s more quantifiable now.

2. Develop Sense Of Responsibility

It is a cliché but time waits for no one. Every one of us has the same number of hours in a day, but the reason why some people make it while others don’t is because of better time management.

This is the sharp difference between conscientious adults and those who don’t understand the true value of time.

Chrometa allows you to set up comprehensive timesheets that display the amount of time you spend on each task. When you are aware of the activities that are unnecessarily consuming too much time, you cut it down and manage things accordingly.

3. Make Efficiency Gains

School and college aren’t just about studies. There are plenty of other activities that demand your attention—things that you really want to do but may not find time for.

With solid time management skills, you have ample time to spend on socializing and sports even after you have studied for the tests and made all those reports. With the right time management skills, many students are also able to make some money on the side with a part-time job.

4. Time Management and Money Management Go Together

The more time you squander, the more money is flushed down the drain. Learning to manage your time sensibly and using each minute to achieve something  sets you up for success. You will be open to more opportunities to make money when you know where your time is being spent.

5. Prepare for The Real World

Once you graduate, you would like to be taken seriously by your employer—none of that is going to happen if you are bad at time management. Even if you turn out to be an entrepreneur and work for yourself, poor time management will take you nowhere.

Time management is pivotal for students to successfully enter the real world, gain desirable employment and retain it. Sign up today with our industry leading time tracking program, Chrometa and start your journey towards mastering the art of time management.

The Effects of Stress: Why Wasting Time Can Be Dangerous

Stress is a part of our daily lives. It can come from positive life events or negative ones. However, the sooner we learn to productively manage stress, the sooner we are able to stop it from affecting our daily life.

Remember, most of the stressful events we face can be a result of poor time management skills. Putting some form of time management skills in place allows you to overcome anxiety and stress.

How Poor Time Management Leads To Stress

Most of us today find ourselves overwhelmed by the growing demands of friends, family and work life. The 40-hour weekend is more. Many of us work through evenings, vacations and even on days off. On the other hand, many people work irregular hours or lesser than they would like to put in due to erratic work schedules.

All of these issues can inevitably create stress for workers. Even teens face the same pressure trying hard to balance social life with education and extra-curricular activities.

Poor Time Management And Health Problems

The feeling that you have too much on your hands but so little time can create a paramount amount of stress. Wasting your time on unnecessary activities can also lead to a sharp rise in stress levels especially when those activities have dire consequences like pay cuts or missing project deadlines. Moreover, the stress can eventually degrade your performance at work or school. All of this eventually shows up in your health while you are knee deep in a mess trying to be effective in your daily life.

One important skill that can help overcome all these issues is good time management. It should be a crucial part of every individual’s stress management plan, but it is also common for most people to face problems when trying to master it.

Cut Down Stress By Managing Time

From all this, it is clearly evident that inappropriate time management can often lead to higher levels of anxiety and stress levels. What’s important is finding out what parts of your life require time management skills. Once you know that, the next step is identifying a strategy that would work for you.

Our time logging software, Chrometa, is designed keeping this in mind. It works as your persona timekeeper, allowing you to keep track of your activities as well as your employees. The result? Better time management, ability to meet deadlines and dramatically reduced stress levels. Check out the demo today and sign up to get started.

The Best Time Tracking Software for 2017

In 2017, let’s make “passive” timekeeping work in your favor. Here are five Chrometa features you can take advantage of to capture 20% or more hours – while actually working less – thanks to the best time tracking software for 2017.
(And if you need to reactivate your Chrometa account to take advantage of these features, you can restart with a free 30-day trial here).
Feature #1: Timeline for Multiple Days
Our Timeline view is a play-by-play recording, down to the minute, of every piece of work you’ve done on every device (computer or smartphone) through the workday. By request, you can now view your Timeline over multiple days:
 
Every Minute of the Day, With Details
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Great – but how do we turn this amazing level of detail into something we can put on a Timesheet? 
#2: Select a Block of Time
Here’s a shortcut that will let you sweep multiple minutes of time into one time block quickly. If you were jumping around between applications (such as email and Word) but really working on the same task, this is a good trick to help you group everything.
 
Left-click the first entry you want to bucket. Then hold down the Shiftkey while you scroll down and select the last entry in your task – and everything in between will be highlighted for you.
 
Use Shift + Left-Click to Select Consecutive Entries
 
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Now let’s get these combined, rounded up and assigned to a client and project.
#3: Autocomplete in Move to Project 
Towards the top of your screen, there is a big blue button that says Move To Project. Click this to access your Client and Project list.
 
Then you can just start typing the name of the Client or Project you’re looking for in the active search window that appears. Your list will be filtered down as you type, so that you can quickly find the project you want to assign this block of time to.
 
Use Active Search to Filter Your Project List
 
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You can select the Project to move and group these entries at the same time. Or, you can take advantage of the & Annotate shortcut.
#4: Annotate While You Move to Project
As you mouse over your Project name, you’ll see two mouseover buttons appear toward the right side. The left button is an & Annotate shortcut that lets you assign an annotation as you specify the project.
 
The “& Annotate” Shortcut
 
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Think of an Annotation as the translation from the computer-speak that Chrometa captures to the human-speak that you will place on your Timesheet. You’ll specify this using the popup that appears next:
 
Categorize And Annotate Popup
 
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#5: Back To Summary, or Export
Remember those jumbled 13 minutes of computer time? They are now a concise 18-minute (or .3) time entry on my Timesheet:
 
Ready for Export
 
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This time entry is now on your Timesheet, ready for invoice or export! Your client will never guess that you created it with a few clicks of the mouse.
 
If you’re export to another billing, practice management or accounting system (such as Clio, CosmoLex, QuickBooks Online, etc) this entry will show up as if you created it directly in that system manually.
 
This 5-step time entry sweet will become faster and faster as you get the hang of things. If you have questions, or would like to take advantage of our complimentary 1:1 training sessions, please let me know.