Track Your Time

Time is inexorable, but that doesn't mean it can't be leveraged. With a mindful approach to day planning and the flexibility to reroute, time becomes a tool rather than a tyrant. Add in the ability to collect meaningful data about how that tool is performing, and true time management is possible.

On this page, you'll learn how to:

Clock In and Out
Close Your Work Session
View Logged Time
Use the Time Report Feature

Clock In and Out

To begin, simply move your cursor over the task you’d like to start with, and click the clock icon that appears to the left. This logs you into your day and starts the timer that will keep track of how long you spend on your task. It also changes your status in the Status Bar to In and customizes the status text beneath your name to reflect your current task. (You can also update this text manually. More on that in the Customize Your Status tutorial.)

 Time Tracker App

When you’re ready to move to a different task, click the clock icon next to your desired task and you’ll automatically be clocked out of the current one. Notice that the status text beneath your name will update too.

 Time Tracking App

You can also clock out of a task without clocking into another. Simply click the clock icon next to the current task again to stop time tracking. Your status will update to Away in the Status Bar and in the text beneath your name.

 Track Time App

If you want to return to a task, you only need to click its clock icon again and Daycast will pick up tracking your time right where it left off.

 Time Tracking Tool

If you forgot to clock out of (or into) a task, you can manually adjust your time by clicking in the timer to the left of the task and adjusting with your keyboard.

 Time Tracker

Work through your day, clocking in and out as you go, then close your work session with the peace of knowing that your hours are logged in Daycast.

Close Your Work Session

When you’ve completed your work for the day, click Out in the Status Bar. This creates a satisfying sense of closure and, if you’re using Daycast with a team, communicates to your teammates that you’re no longer at work.

 Time Tracking Tool

Look over your Day Plan. Is all your work accounted for? If no adjustments are needed, click Finalize Day. This ends your work session and submits your time for Daycast’s in-app reporting. If you’ve integrated Basecamp or FreshBooksFinalize Day also pushes your hours to that external service. 

 Time Tracking Daycast

With each work session, your time accumulates. Daycast gives you up-to-the-minute views of how its adding up.

View Logged Time

Daycast tracks your hours and displays a running total by both day and week in the Week Panel. Hours per day are visible beneath each day’s tab (hover over previous days to see their totals) while the week’s hours are displayed on the far right.

 Tracking Time Daycast

As it tracks your time, Daycast also tracks how you use it. Which projects got most of your attention? Which tasks took longer than expected? Daycast answers these questions in the Time Report.

Use the Time Report Feature

Access Time Report options by clicking the report icon just to the left of the week’s running total.

 Time Tracking Daycast App

Here you can create reports for any combination of options: submitted (via Finalize Day) or unsubmitted time, various time segments, and whole teams or targeted members if you’re using Daycast with a team. Simply choose your options and hit Generate Report.

 Time TRacker Daycast App

From here, you can drill down by project. Click the arrows to the left of a project category for more detailed data.

 Daycast Time Tracking App

Once you’ve used Daycast for a few weeks, you’ll have enough data collected to help you assess how you’re spending your time and make adjustments as needed.

That's all there is to managing your time with Daycast! As you use it, we hope time will come to feel more and more like a resource at your disposal—yours to leverage for maximum value.

Up Next: Next, we’ll show you how to Add Teammates. If you’ll be using Daycast solo, skip over to Integrate Services for a walkthrough on using Daycast with Pivotal Tracker, Basecamp Classic, or FreshBooks. Not planning to integrate? No problem. You know your way around, how to add tasks and projects, and how to track your time—everything you need to get out there and own your day. Happy ‘casting!