Time is Ticking
March 3, 2010 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Is there a time tracking device (perhaps like a watch?) that I can use to keep track of my work time? I want to see how many hours/minutes i spend actually working each day.

It would have to start/stop and hopefully be able to add/subtract minutes (in case i go to lunch and mistakenly leave it running) although this isn't required.
posted by parallax7d to Technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Plenty of these around. I've used paymo and it works fine.
posted by craven_morhead at 1:10 PM on March 3, 2010

Are you talking about a stopwatch?
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:11 PM on March 3, 2010 [1 favorite]

I've used this to much success.

Though there are other new & improved packages out there, including ones that track your time on a per-program basis automatically tallying for you each day.
posted by MesoFilter at 1:35 PM on March 3, 2010

Emacs. Seriously.
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:46 PM on March 3, 2010

Response by poster: to clarify, i'm looking for a device (instanced in the real physical world). a stop watch is a step in the right direction, but a little too bulky to wear all day, and perhaps a little too easy to accidentally erase your time.
posted by parallax7d at 2:02 PM on March 3, 2010

Best answer: Many wristwatches have chronograph functions, which basically means that they act as stopwatches as well. However, I haven't seen one that lets you add or subtract time.

Digital chronographs are quite inexpensive--a standard $35 Timex Ironman is an example. Analog ones run a little more, and for mechanicals, the sky's the limit.
posted by tellumo at 2:14 PM on March 3, 2010

I use an old chess clock. Smack. On task. Smack. Off task.
(Works great for unexpected office visitors as well: "Just a sec." Smack. Smile. What can I do for you?)
posted by Killick at 3:35 PM on March 3, 2010 [2 favorites]

Best answer: nthing chronograph watches. It's pretty hard to accidentally reset the time on a good chronograph - you have to actually stop the stopwatch with one button, then reset the time with another button. Some digital chronos actually let you record splits (lap times).
posted by kenliu at 5:59 PM on March 3, 2010

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