Timesheet & Project Management Blog

The goal of this blog is to provide tips and ideas for improving time tracking and project managment for our customers and other interested people.

Why the PMO Needs a Timesheet

 

Business executives… Is your Project Management Office asking for Standard Time® timesheets on every desk?

I’m your online project assistant, and I can explain why!

The PMO is probably asking to compare actual hours with estimates. After all, projects without ‘actuals’ are lifeless, and you may be wasting your time without employee timesheet hours.

Standard Time feeds those hours into projects so you can make informed decisions. Budgets depend on your choice.

Don’t make rookie mistakes. Get Standard Time!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0juFza0aY

Colors Signify Project Status

 

Did you know that you can change the colors that are displayed for the projects in Standard Time®? Here’s a list of the projects along the left hand side of the timesheet. Obviously some of these are colored and if you switch over to the project tasks tab you see the same colors here. Instead of these wide blue bands, using the blue color, you see that these have some special colors. Consider possibilities where you might like to use color; like project status, for instance or priority. You might have a project that has no project proposal yet, it is just getting started. You set that to a certain color or you’ve got a proposal, the client has not yet accepted that. Or you’ve gone into beta or finished out the project. Different colors could signify different status of the projects.

Pretty easy to set these. If you go to the tools menu, choose projects, click on a project. You’ll have a section called extras and that may be expanded or collapsed, depending on your view. Click the plus symbol to expand it, you’ll see the color field, click … then you can set the color right here. Turns out that those colors are also used in the Gantt chart. Here you see the Gantt chart and you’ve got colors used for the task bars. You can even override those colors on a task by task basis. If you open up this task you can see the color field for the task and that would override the color for the project itself.

Easy to do this. You can set the colors to signify any status you’d like or priority, however you like to use these. You can also set the color back to the default. The default is this blue color. If I go back to tools, projects let’s choose the administrative project. We’ve got this orange color; click the … choose black, click OK. You see changes to default color, when I click OK now it has changed back to the blue. Easy to do. You can set these colors to anything you’d like. That may help you in some way.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tylnm4cHKB0

Timesheet or Project Management

 

Hello business owners! You’re looking for a timesheet, right?

Or was that project management?

What if you could have both… in one app?  Did you know Standard Time® blends project management and timesheets together?

-          Track projects with employee timesheets

-          Compare actuals with estimates

-          Link tasks, for exact project schedules

-          View project management graphs

-          And even track vacation and PTO from your timesheet

You can practically run your whole operation from Standard Time.

Get it here!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWs9wlTz2m0

Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing

 

Worker 1: Hey, fellas, let’s track our manufacturing time

Worker 2: Anybody got Standard Time and a barcode scanner?

Boss 1: No talking, or you’re all fired!

Worker: Start by scanning your employee name, then scan a task

Worker: A timer runs while you sling cold steel

Boss: I mean it, no talking on the job!!!

Worker: Now we’ll know how long every job takes

Worker: and which manufacturing processes need improvement

Worker: Plus, bosses will know how long we really worked

Boss: Okay, that did it.  You’re all FIRED!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYd-3JSSxVE

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How Consultants Track Time

 

Want to know how successful consultants track time?

It all starts with Standard Time®, so download that first.

Here goes!

  1. Create new projects for each client
  2. Estimate task durations and completion dates
  3. Look for those tasks on timesheets and smartphones
  4. Track hours on your phone, tablet, or web
  5. Sync time and expenses with the cloud
  6. Invoice clients by milestones
  7. Clients view status with ProjectBot app
  8. Rinse and repeat!  J

Get Standard Time today!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OifV8kQu0yg

Bad Construction Foreman

 

Boss: You buried a front loader and left it there till spring? That was on rent for 50 grand a day.

Foreman: It may still be there but whatever… We needed something to fill the hole.

Boss: I gave you Standard Time® for your projects. Did you track your time and budgets?

Foreman: I gave everyone a 10 week paid vacation and brought in another crew. But a shoring box collapsed on them. So I hired more to replace the cripples. Now we have jousting matches with the boring machines.

Boss: Are you still using the track hoe as an amusement ride?

Foreman: The guys all love it. It got 900,000 views on YouTube.

Owner: I wish I had 50 foreman like him. He brings in snake charmers and everybody loves it when they get bit.

Boss: Are you crazy? Standard Time says your project ends in 2085 and it’s 19 Trillion over budget.

Owner: What’s Standard Time?

Boss: Your project software. Look at your computer. Standard Time www.stdtime.com

Owner: Relax its all government funded anyway.

Boss: He says you can bring in the circus entertainers anytime.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoQfsZ_caIM

 

 

Old-Timey: Time Tracking Apps

 

Bubble: the boss says we’re getting new Android time tracking apps

Bubble: yeah, in a hundred years!

Bubble: he’s so cheap; they’ll fly to the moon first

Bubble: the Standard Time® apps are free

Bubble: isn’t the Industrial Revolution grand?

Bubble: is there an iPhone version?

Bubble: yes, Android and iOS

Bubble: they track time and expenses, and sync with the cloud

Bubble: whatever… It’s a sunny day

Bubble: where can I download Standard Time?

Bubble: ask your grandson

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmoMx46BIrc

 

 

Whiteboard: Timesheet Approvals

 

Here’s something consulting firms will love:

A way to ensure client billable hours are entered for each week. And hours are logged to the correct projects and tasks. And the correct number of hours are entered.

In Standard Time® it’s called Timesheet Approvals.

Here’s how timesheet approvals work:

  1. Employees certify their timesheets by clicking the ‘Submit for Approval’ button
  2. Emails go to the manager
  3. Managers check employee hours, projects, and tasks
  4. Timesheets are approved, and optionally locked against possible changes

Consultants can even get email notifications when they forget to submit timesheets, or if their timesheet contains too few hours.

Submit and approve timesheets: That’s how to make sure client hours are done right.

Timesheet Approvals are waiting for you.

Click to download Standard Time.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fY2tnGDU5I

Whiteboard: Mileage Tracking

 

Hello consultants and road warriors!

You’re probably already tracking mileage for tax purposes. Everyone on the road does it. It’s a huge tax deduction.

But hopefully not on:

  • scraps of paper
  • text documents
  • or spreadsheets

Have you seen the clever new timesheet named Standard Time®?

Not only can you track deductible items like mileage, you also get:

  • Expenses
  • Billable hours
  • And vacation tracking

You could run your whole operation on Standard Time!

Here’s how to track mileage:

Start by tapping on your vehicle name. Up comes the last odometer reading. Enter the ending odometer reading, and Standard Time computes the distance and tax deductible amount.

Choose a client and project, and enter notes. Mileage records are synchronized for safekeeping and reporting.

Click to try mileage tracking on Standard Time.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlrCrJ33qb0

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