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Time Tracking

Time Tracking is something very important for different reasons:

  1. to know what are your colleagues up to and what have they been doing, and then analyze whether they are spending that time correctly or not
  2. to know how much should you bill a client or a customer
  3. it provides you with very important and detailed information about how much does a project or a specific task take, so that in the future your estimations are more accurate not to be making profit losses when having a new project and not to have colleagues with so many tasks that cannot be completed in time

Feng Office is a very flexible system in every aspect, and so it is when it comes to time tracking. There are two different ways to track the time spent:

  1. Creating time entries for specific tasks, which we will call Task Timeslots
  2. Creating time entries that are not related to a task, but are related to a client or project, which we will call General Timeslots

Task Timeslots

When accessing a task you may see the work that has already been performed, and you will also have the possibility to add more time entries:

Please note that if you have a task estimated in 2 hours, if you input 1 hour worked, its completeness percentage will change to 50%. This way it is even easier to know the big picture of tasks even if they have not been completed.

Lets now focus on the Start clock and Add worked hours buttons.

Both buttons allow you to enter a timeslot for this task, which is simply an amount of time (minutes or hours) you have worked on a specific date for this task, where you may add a comment with some detail information about your work.

The difference between the two buttons is that Start clocks starts a timer, while Add worked hours simply opens a form which allows you to enter a number of hours.

This means you would typically use Start clock if you start working on a task right now, while you would use Add worked hours to enter some work you already did.

PLEASE NOTE: Feng Office does not prevent you from starting the timer for several tasks in parallel or from starting the timer on a task that is already completed.

After saving a time slot it is displayed in a list like this:

Time tracking options in the task list view

Starting and stopping the timer can be achieved from the list view as well: Clicking on the stopwatch icon toggles the timer on and off.

In the example above, user “Martin Sauter” is currently working on the first task (indicated by a red background).

Editing time slots

Note that you can edit or delete a time slot at any time if needed. The edit screen for a time slot can be reached from the task detail view and looks like this:

General Timeslots

Other than the time entries you can input in the tasks, you can always use what we call the General Timeslots which can be found in the Time tab of your system as shown below.

Here you will be able to select the client or project it belongs to, its workspace, its tag, who is the person that has been working on it, when has he been working on it, for how long and also a brief comment.

Time Reports

Adding time entries to a system without having proper reports is not that useful nor helpful, so that is why we have different ways of seeing this very important information.

Please read this article for further details about how to run time reports.

Discussion

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Joel Ephroni, 2009-11-12 22:17

Hi,

How do I handle a scenario in which I need to charge for time spent at an event? I wanted to use general timeslots but I discovered they cannot be linked…

Joel

Peggy, 2010-11-19 14:04

Once I run the report, how can I archive the time so I can start a new report?

Francisco Ponce de León, 2010-12-22 15:14

The reports are sort of dynamic, not static. So in case you would like to keep the data from a report on a certain date, you may either print it or export it to a pdf or csv file.

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