Accurate Time Tracking with Chrome Extensions

The sooner you record your work time, the more accurate is your timesheet data. Ideally, time should be recorded immediately upon completion of each task, but in reality, people tend to forget about filling in timesheets or are just reluctant to do so.

In office environment, manual systems are mostly used for timekeeping. However, they are not always the best solution when high accuracy is in question. Good news that they can be complemented with an automatic timer that integrates into the browser and counts hours spent on work in web applications and sites.

How browser extensions work

Mostly, browser time logging extensions are a part of time-tracking systems with more robust functionality than just tracking work time. Exact data on how much time has been spent on specific work assignments is synced with the system and used for reporting, billing, and productivity analysis.

Some project management solutions also include browser extensions for recording time spent on work. The recorded data can be used for monitoring work progress, identifying possible delays and other issues, analyzing the proportion between estimated and actually spent time, detecting whether changes are necessary, and many other project management steps. The degree of accuracy of this data defines the relevance of decisions made on its basis.

Speaking of accuracy, time log errors are possible even with the timer recording method. For example, forgetting about stopping the timer is a common thing in a hectic routine. To prevent inaccurate records from getting logged to the system, timer extensions are usually provided with the ability to edit the counted time manually.

Tools with Time Tracking Extensions

1. actiTIME

actiTIME Timer extension for Chrome simplifies the timekeeping process. It is a part of a robust work management solution, designed to help you track work hours from the web browser and web apps you’re using at work. It is a convenient tool to automatically count work time and sync it with your actiTIME account. For example, if you’re working on an issue in Jira, just start the timer when you take on the assignment, and stop it when work is done. Adjust recorded time if necessary, and log it for a task in actiTIME.

2. TrackingTime

3. Simple Time Tracker

4. Elorus

5. Clockify

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