If you don’t document your time daily, is it timekeeping or something else?
Something else. Pretend Timekeeping.
Chances are good that you do not document your time daily. You may even think it doesn’t make any difference. After all it takes more time and the results are the same. Right?
Does Daily Timekeeping take more time?
Of course not. Let’s compare 'once a day' to 'once a week'.
Once a day: Open Timesheet. Open email or some other tracking app that you use to jog your memory. Enter time on five billable projects and one general office project. Done. Elapsed time is 7 minutes. 35 minutes per week.
Once a week: Open Timesheet. Open email or some other tracking app that you use to jog your memory. Log each task as you find it, or make a note to avoid going back and forth between apps. Make 25 time entries on five billable projects and five entries on one general office project. Look for gaps in the time entries. Make adjustments. Done. Elapsed time is 46 minutes. You waste between five and ten minutes (or more) on handling five days in one session. You waste another five to ten minutes (or more) looking for gaps and making adjustments. However, you save four minutes (or less) by opening the apps just once.
Are the results the same as Daily Timekeeping?
Of course not. There is a zero chance that you can document durations as accurately after several days, unless ... you are keeping detailed notes every day.
That’s daily timekeeping, but you aren’t getting the benefits of daily timekeeping because your time wasn’t documented/shared until days or weeks later.
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