In a previous post, I concluded that working on fewer projects per day is ideal. On most days, this idealistic goal isn’t much of a reality. The workday is full of interruptions.
We built multiple timers into Intervals because we need — as do many other small businesses like us — a way to account for a fragmented workday. One of our Intervals customers puts it like this:
Leaked time is one of the biggest issues I have.
Intervals keeps track of your multiple timers in the footer of any page. When a client calls while you are working on a task, you can easily pause the task timer and start a general timer. Phone calls and emails were two major leaks of our time. Using multiple timers, we were able to capture, and bill, those moments dispensing our expertise.
The multiple timers in Intervals aren’t effective until you’ve trained yourself to stop and start timers throughout the day. It takes a little practice, but is extremely effective in accounting for those small moments of lost time. After adopting Intervals and multiple web-based timers at Pelago, we decreased our workflow and increased our billable time by 30%.