In this age of technology, time flies faster than it ever used to 10 years ago. Technology has been the proverbial necessary curse: It has ushered in a new era of improved connectivity and distractions(if you flip the coin to the other side) in the form of Facebook, Twitter, mail, mobile phones and other ‘niceties’ that end up eating up our productive time. Time is the most important resource that individual and companies utilize well. To keep productive, we need to invent effective strategies that keep us on toes. And, one way of doing that is through employment of effective Time Management Software.

Below are 7 free and open source time management software software businesses that individuals should take advantage of.

1. Kimai

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Kimai is a free to use open source time tracking application.  Whether you need to simply track your time or get a print out of a summary of your activities, Kimai is your go to application. You can use the app to track time by project, by customer, by action; daily, monthly or yearly. The app doesn’t have the need to run for recording the time spent. Whether you quit your bowser or not, Kimai records & keep track of the time spent until you stop it from any web browser.

Strong features:

  • It’s simple in design
  • It runs on cross-platform thanks to its web-browser based interface.
  • Duplicity of use: It can be used both as single-user program installed on your local workstation or as a web service.
  • It can be used by many users.
  • The app can be accessed in over 15 languages

Although the program is free to use, you can also feel free to donate in support of this project.

2. Toggl

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Toggl is a time tracking software that allows businesses and individuals to manage employee timesheets with ease. If you need to spend less time tracking your employee’s productivity, improve business profitability and improve business transparency, hassle free, this is the software you can’t do without. The beauty of the software is that it tracks time both when connected to the internet and when offline.

Features

  • Works across different platforms: Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, I phone, among others.
  • Have an unlimited number of projects and clients
  • Easily set billable rates
  • Adds spice to your projects through colour coding of time-usage graphs.
  • Easily compare current tracking data with previous week’s data thanks to the view of the dashboard feature.
  • Allows you to share time reports or export timesheets to PDF, CSV or Excel files.
  • Ability to track time while offline.

Pricing is in three packages: Free for up to 5 teams, Pro at $5/month and Business at $49/ month.

3. TimeCamp

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TimeCamp is a time tracking software ideal for companies, consultants, start ups, office managers, freelancers or business individuals who need time management software to improve efficiency and productivity. The software has three pricing plans: Free plan limited to one user and there are two premium plans. The basic plan is priced at $6 while the pro plan is priced at $9 and also has a free 30 day trial. If you want to monitor time and to some extent expenditures in your businesses, then this is the app you should go for.

Features

  • Helps track billable hours with a single click
  • Overtime calculation
  • Allows automatic invoicing based on the hours worked
  • Allows for both on-line and offline time tracking
  • Can easily be integrated with different platforms
  • Supports 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Polish
  • Employee database that lets you track employee of your choice

4. Rescue Time

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Among all timesheet tracking software, RescueTime leads the pack.  If you (an individual) or a business want to be more productive, this software can be very useful.  The software gives the user insights on how to rescue your time, notifies you when you get distracted to unproductive activities.  Okay, if you want to get on your time management, a free version may be of help to you. But if you need advanced features:  tracks breaks, phone calls tracking, and prompts with on-screen reminders, then the premium version will do the trick at subscription rate of $9 a month.  The software has two components: a downloadable application that is installed on your workstation and a website where you can create an account where you can view the stars collected by the app.

Features that rescue your time

  • The software runs on the background and that means it never distracts while working.
  • RescueTime has strong analytical tools that analyses how you spend your computer time and displays it graphically for you in multiple ways.
  • Alerts/ notifies the user just in case you are not being the productive person you want to be.
  • Blocking distracting sites and makes you focus on more important tasks; thanks to FocusTime feature of RescueTime Premium.

5. TrackingTime

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TrackingTime, an on-line time tracking software, focuses mainly on team collaboration. It is geared to help teams manage their projects and amp productivity. This app, available for web browsers and I phone promises real-time time track, updates and notification, just in case you are not doing it right.

Top Features

  • Reports atomically
  • Tasks Tracking feature to keep your working times right.
  • Built-in collaboration features that lets you to organize your tasks, projects or team.
  • You can keep conversation about your team or tasks in one place; thanks to Task Comments.
  • Subtasks allow you break down complex tasks into smaller achievable sub-projects.
  • Time and Performance Analytic good for building big teams, projects and companies time.
  • International teams management capability. Secure.

6. ManicTime

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ManicTime is a free (with limitations) PC activity tracker. The app can efficiently track whatever you are doing on your PC once it is turned on: The apps you are running, websites visited and for how long. Like RescueTime, this app runs silently on the background of your PC, tracking logs of the activities on your machine. Then it gives a detailed report on each of the activities, including the ‘amount’ of distraction. Unfortunately, this app is only available for Windows users. Besides, the free version is limited in features. If you want to explore the depths and capabilities of this program, you can go premium at $67( ManicTime Professional).

Features

  • Automatic tracking of your computer usage
  • Works perfectly offline using a local data store
  • Accurate timekeeping presented in an easy to understand graphical interface.
  • Easy timesheets
  • Easy to integrate with other systems like Github or Jira
  • Gives detailed company wide reports

7. eHour

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eHour is a fully open-source,  web-based timesheet tracking software ideal for individuals and companies  out to improve productivity . The app is very simple with a user-friendly interface. If you are a freelancer, an employee or any other individual compensated on an hourly basis, eHour will help you calculate time spent so that you can easily prepare an invoice or any other billing statement. If you are fascinated and probably you want to give the app a trial, you’ll need to install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on your workstation. The app behaves like a server that you‘ll host on your machine and can be accessed by anyone via a web browser.

App’s Features

  • Ability to create multiple users with different privilege levels
  • Can easily create start and end date of any task or a project.
  • A calendar good for managing holidays for your employees.
  • Completely customizable to suit any kind of a project.
  • In-built mail server.
  • Available in various languages
  • Usable across different platforms.
  • Extensive, detailed and specialized reports delivery.
  • Can simply be accessed from a web browser, no need to install it.

If your pen and paper sheets are no longer doing you more favour than you anticipated, it’s time you need to seek for a solution. Time is flying fast nowadays. Time and attendance Management Software – Enhancing the Efficiency of your Organization. Then the only way to stay productive is by keeping track of how your time is spent.