Time tracking tools can improve productivity and efficiency and help us manage our time better by understanding our habits and how we spend our time to eliminate distractions (or minimize them). Time-tracking tools also help us with accurate billing for customers and generating invoices for clients.
However, just like with almost any software, the Mac versions of some tools can lack features in their windows counterparts and be weaker – and sometimes just worse.
So, let’s look at 5 of the Best Time Tracking Apps for Mac.
Toggl is an excellent time-tracking tool. It is web-based and has a Mac version, and you can start tracking your time just by logging in and clicking the timer.
You can allocate time toward specific projects, just like any other time-tracking app, but Toggl’s functionality does not stop there. You can also visually organize your time graphs by giving each project a specific color, creating sub-projects, and providing your entry tags.
Toggl also works offline and will synchronize your data once a connection is available.
Toggl has a beautiful and clean interface that makes it visually appealing and pleasant. The reporting features are great, and you can share those reports with clients via a URL or export them as a PDF, CSV, or Excel file.
On The Job
On the Job sits quietly on your menu bar and helps you track time with automatic idle time detection. All you have to do is start the timer, which will automatically create a new session for you.
On the Job will also generate professional invoices based on the hourly rates – which are also customizable. Speaking of Customizable, you can also create entirely customizable settings for invoices number generation.
Jobs have four items: Timed, Fixed Cost, Mileage, and Quantity. Those items correspond to line items on an invoice. You can track unpaid invoices using the Invoices Report View to see which invoices have not been paid yet.
You can organize the information about your clients by their names, addresses, or hourly rates. In addition, the software supports Multi-currency so that you can set different currencies for different clients.
The desktop tool is $39.95 and runs on OSX 10.7 and higher.
Harvest is a versatile time management tool used on devices running Mac, PC, Android, or iOS.
With Harvest, you can track the number of projects simultaneously, even if they contain various tasks and charge different rates. It is an excellent option for freelancers and teams as well. Project managers can assign tasks to a project to specific team members.
Harvest can also generate detailed reports and create quick invoices that instantly retrieve project hours and expenses.
Harvest integrates quickly and smoothly with other applications such as Basecamp for added functionality.
Harvest comes in both web and desktop tools. Harvest offers three pricing plans:
- Solo – $12 and allows three users only
- Basic – $40 and enables up to 10 users
- Business – $90 and has no limit on the number of users
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Tick is designed to make sure you stay productive and profitable. You start by creating a time budget for an individual task or an entire project. Then, as you work on the project or task, Tick will show you how much time you have logged and how much time you have left so you can keep on track.
Tick also has reporting features that are equally useful for freelancers and team leaders. For example, team leaders can track each employee and see their data, or you can toggle your view to see how much time you have billed a client. You can also turn the reports into invoices easily and quickly.
Tick integrates with many third-party apps such as Basecamp, QuickBooks, and FreshBooks.
Tick’s integration with BaseCamp allows you to track time within Basecamp projects. With this integration, you will instantly see how much time is left in the budget of a particular project, export Basecamp to-do items as tasks, and see how much time your employees have logged. Tick has a free trial and free plan, and you can choose pricing plans up to $149/mo.
Klok is known for its visual display of time spent and tasks. The app will let you customize the organization of your clients and projects in the way you want it.
You can start tracking another project by working on a different task, as Klok will launch a new timer automatically. You could adjust the time later if something did not go as planned.
Klok also plays well with others, and you can connect it to other time-tracking tools such as FreshBooks to get more functionality out of your devices. In addition, Klok comes with timesheets that you can export, and it can generate invoices and reports.
The price for the desktop tool is $15.99.
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RescueTime tracks time to the minute. It accurately tracks time spent on apps, websites, and even time spent offline, such as time spent on phone calls. With reporting, blocking, and reminders features, RescueTime remains one of the best options. There’s also a free plan that offers basic time-tracking functionalities.
- FreshBooks OSX Time Tracker Widget
One of the best options if you are on a tight budget – because it is free. It is also a finance management tool as well as a time management tool. You can set time limits and timers, track timesheets, or handle accounting tasks from the widget.
The basic Freshbooks web and desktop tools are free but limited to three clients at a time, but you can always upgrade to a paid plan that gives you up to 25 clients simultaneously for $14/mo.
Besides all the necessary time management functionalities, iBiz lets you track your expenses and overdue payments. It will also allow you to backup or restore your data with its simple built-in command. iBiz costs $39.99 for the desktop tool.
Costly but efficient, Hubstaff is one of the big names in time-tracking. It offers screenshots, timesheets, and time logs to get the best idea of how your employees spend their time. Hubstaff is available on OS X 10.6 and later and has an app for iPhone and iPad.
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