If you work in an organization where tracking your time is the norm, you may recognize the undesired reality that sets in when you have to fill out your timesheet on a Friday afternoon. You just finished a long, arduous week, and now you have to go in and remember what you actually did at the beginning of the week. You open your timesheet and you discover that you billed only about 15 hours worth of work. Where did your week go? It’s Friday afternoon and you can’t remember what happened.
If you’re lucky, you have a tool that automatically tracks the work you do throughout the week, and at the end of the week, it provides you with a suggested timesheet that you do not have to fill out. The reality, though, is that most people are not that lucky. In Accelo’s recent survey, 54 percent of respondents said they track their schedule manually, and 23 percent said they do not track their time at all. Manually tracking billable time exposes individuals to unnecessary errors, while not tracking time spent on projects means there is no way of actually knowing what your profit is - both scenarios can lead to unrealistic assumptions and can be clear recipes for disaster.
Beyond the issue with time tracking, the problem with limited tracking is also apparent in the minimal use of project-tracking software. In the same Accelo study, more than 80 percent of respondents said they do not use project-tracking software to track the progress of their project. The lack of project-tracking tools creates a work environment where no one knows the status of projects, and leads to expensive, unnecessary meetings: status updates meetings, team meetings, all-hands meetings, brainstorming sessions, and weekly check-ins.
The answer to the lack of tracking in project management is a solution that does both - tracks your time and your projects. With thousands of project-tracking solutions listed on google, it’s no wonder that finding the right software is like searching for Waldo in a collage. But honestly, if you know what to look for, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Here are a few things to consider when looking for the right solution for your business: