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Time Management Software

A list of the best free and paid time management software available for Mac, PC and mobile.

 Updated March 2017

Time management is critically important to your day. Let’s face it: Everyone has the same 24 hours. It’s those who utilize those hours to the fullest that make the most of their days.

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” ~ William Penn

To help with the task of managing our day, there are some wonderful digital tools available for just about any platform. Unfortunately, a lot of them are outdated, antiquated, or just plain suck. I’ve taken the time to find the best of the best, so that you can quickly find the best solution for you.

If you think I’m missing a resource, please feel free to mention it in the comments.


Platforms: Windows, OSX, Linux, Android


RescueTime is easily one of my favorite time tracking applications. It tracks how you use your computer, from soup to nuts. It tracks what websites you use, and then breaks them into categories for more in-depth look. You can block yourself from distracting websites, and even set manual timers away from the computer.

RescueTime time management software

RescueTime is geared more towards individuals just curious about their usage, and less towards companies trying to track their billing.

There’s a free and full-featured paid version of RescueTime available.

Price: Free, Paid($9/month)

TMetric Time Tracker

Platform: Platforms: Windows, Linux (in development), iOS (in development), Online.


TMetric is a free time-tracking app with a simple interface for freelancers and teams of any size. It allows you to create new tasks, projects and clients, add tags, edit your working hours, and set billable time and rates on every project and task you work with.

TMetric's main interface - time management software

The software also allows you to get detailed reports on tasks and projects. TMetric also can be integrated with many other services you use, for example, Trello, Asana and others.

TMetric - task summary
Price: Free and paid plans


Platform: Windows, OSX, Android, iOS


Chrometa is cut from the same vein as RescueTime in that it automatically tracks everything you do on your computer and neatly categorizes it. Emails, what article you were reading (and how long it took to read it), etc.

Where Chometa and RescueTime diverge is Chrometa also provides a way to bill clients. You can track meeting, phone usage, and even invoice clients straight from within the app.

Chrometa overview of features

Chrometa also has Android and iOS apps for tracking time on your mobile devices as well. Smart!

Price: $12/month-$29/month


Here are some simple timers for different platforms. I’ve found that timers on mobile devices are quite handy, so there are a few of those listed in here.


Platform: iOS

Timeless timer for iPhone

Timeless is an absolutely stunning iPhone app that takes the default timer app by Apple to a whole new level. You can have multiple timers, stopwatch and countdown modes and gestures and sounds. Themes and labels help customize the app, and its brightly-colored schema is quite refreshing for a so-called boring application.

timeless screenshots

Price: $2.99


Platform: Windows


ManicTime is a simple, old school timer for Windows. While this list has only the best and most current timing software, I felt it fine to include this. ManicTime is a no-frills timer, and allows you to view interesting charts about your time tracked. It’s not automated though, so you’ll have to start and stop the timers.

ManicTime dashboard

Price: Free, $67


Platform: Web


SlimTimer is another dated application that hasn’t changed a whole lot since 2006. That said, it’s still quite handy (and free), so it’s worth noting. You create tasks and then time your work done on each task.

Price: Free


Platform: Windows, Mac

Klock is a slick project management time tracker that shows you a holistic view of where your time went while working. How much time did you spend on every aspect of the past project? Klock will tell you.

Klock screen of features

Klock is a bit different from other time tracking software for groups in that you can integrate it with other popular team management software like Harvest, Freshbooks, Basecamp, and others.

A nice bonus: you can also sync to their cloud platform for free with the one-time purchase of the software.

Here’s a video overview of the Klock dashboard.

Price: $19.99


Platform: Mac

HR is quite simple. Create tasks, and then start timing each task. The app lives in your Mac’s menu bar, so it’s out of the way but still always available.

The minimal functionality and design is quite refreshing from the other programs offering boatloads of features.

HR timer for mac
Price: Free

Paper-based systems

While it’s not software, there’s something to be said for a simple, paper-based task timer. The best out there (as far as I’ve seen) is Dave Seah’s Emergent task timer. Excellent for a quick printout to see what you’ve been up to while working.

Emergent task timer

I find that writing out exactly what I’ve been doing and how long it takes can sometimes bring a bit more clarity and awareness to how my day is going. Your mileage may vary, however.

Price: Free

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Bruce Marjoribanks August 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

If your after time tracking, time sheets and project management take a look a


Steve March 27, 2014 at 6:32 am

Great List! , one more very powerful tool must be present in the list i.e proofhub.


Henrik September 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

If you’re looking for the best of the best, try the free Android app Timesheet from LlamaLab. It calculates overtime and handles expenses and milage, it can also automated with NFC tags.


Andras Eliassen September 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I have personally used Paymo – it also does kinda what Chrometa does, and it provides a free plan.


Amisha Ekaant October 9, 2013 at 5:25 am

Replicon’s time management software is the best application I’ve ever found. I personally looked at over 50 time tracking apps and found this software to be the best. I recently bought this software for my new business. I’m completely satisfied with my choice.

It is specially designed for mac, pc and iphone users that automatically monitors the time and tracks your projects without the hassle of manual entry. It is also integrated with quickbooks and I found it to be much better than the traditional stopwatch apps.

You guys should definitely checkout this! Here’s the link ( )


Jakub October 14, 2013 at 5:14 am

Don´t like Replicon, because user interface is really confusing and making me desoriented, because I don´t like this kind of raw design. For me its not user friendly.

I like primaERP / TIME TRACKING much more, not just becouse of UI,UX…


Emma October 9, 2013 at 6:19 am

I would also suggest looking at Replicon time management software – which is so easy to use and has nice intuitive features.


Xavier Bennett October 10, 2013 at 3:39 am

For freelancers, consultants and small businesses, I think AccountSight ( is an excellent time and expense tracking software. It has a simple and superbly user friendly interface. With a lot of unique features like easy upload of client manager timesheet approval copy, multiple expense submission approvals, recurring invoices. Also, the dashboard is really powerful for analysis purpose.


Jakub October 14, 2013 at 5:07 am

Surprising that there is no web based app mentioned… I appreciate web based, because I can acess it anywhere.

I use – its very intuitive, localised to many languages and its free!


James Wallburg March 24, 2015 at 6:02 am

You should check Its web-based as well. It is the best online Time management software which provide Project management, employee management and much much more.


Pav November 5, 2013 at 3:36 am

OmniContext personal analytics is another web based app. Tracks android, windows and windows phone activities


Jacob Wilson December 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

I like using Timeneye Time Tracking ( for time tracking, it’s very easy to use and it integrates with Basecamp, which is a huge plus. Hope it helps!


Michelle Noder December 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

Thank you! Good info!
But this list misses 1 great and easy utility,
which I’ve been using for 1 year.
The prog is called NkTimeTracker Pro.


tim February 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I love this beautiful and simple Windows gadget Pomodoro timer:


Jimmy February 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

Why to go with separate time tracker. Choose to manage all your projects with time tracking facility.


Tad Milbourn March 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

Tiempo (I’m a co-founder) is new entrant to the time tracking space aiming to make time tracking as simple and straightforward as possible. Check us out and let us know if we’re delivering on that goal!


Jimmy March 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

I am currently utilizing a straightforward online project management tool called What I like about it (other than free) is that it is facilitated online and permits me to oversee ventures and assignments, notes, to-do’s, gantt diagram, time following, and so on. It additionally permits me to transfer reports and documents to a focal spot to sort out everything. It is a basic programming bundle, yet packs a great deal of characteristics.


Leesa Dercyke May 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

Nice list. Have you heard about Proofhub? It’s great! Nice interface, cool features, awesome design, easy to use. You can have a look at


Guoyin Yong May 19, 2014 at 12:19 am

Thanks for your suggestion! Time management software does help me a lot in work and life. A good time management system could develop your work efficiency largely! You can have try!


Elizabeth July 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Recommend a time management program for PC , which is very easy to use with reminder function, that is Efficient Reminder.


Nancy August 29, 2014 at 7:06 am

I found Yaware few months ago. It tracks internet and software usage.The app evaluates productivity and provides detailed reports online.


RinniR September 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I’m looking now for easy time-tracker for Windows/Mac/smartphones… Right now I use Hamster Indicator on Ubuntu. It’s great, so I want to recommend it for others, but other people usually use other OS. So which one you recommend? I think about simple, and free one? Like Hamster… Some big propositions here are… Too big. Looks like i would spend most of my time using this time managers, I just look for simple tracker, I write what I do and it check how long time I do it.


Janek Godlewski October 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

Another powerful time tracking software is . It’s cross-platform tool, free for freelancers and not expensive for firms. It’s easy to operate, smart and intuitive, also really accurate. It made my work more easy and profitable.


Mindaugas Jocius November 28, 2014 at 2:33 am

Nice list, I’ve tried some of these apps already. I currently use Mobile Worker (, which has one-click time tracking, document sync with Dropbox, invoicing, etc. Unfortunately, it’s only available on Android devices. But if you’re looking for something light and simple to use, that’s probably one of the best options.


gigi_igig December 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

I’m using ,very simple to use, it’s perfect for single users/freelances or small companies, and it’s free!


John William January 22, 2015 at 12:02 am

Nice List,

Would like to add Invoicera to web based time tracking and invoicing tool. Invoicera is a feature rich software which allows you to track time and expenses, manage tasks and projects.Besides that it has got a simple user interface that save you a-lot of precious time.



IsadoraDesign January 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

thank you for the list!


Nicolae Cismaru March 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

I’d like to suggest Fanurio ( which is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices.

Fanurio is not free but it has a free trial. It costs 59 USD (which means about $5/month for the first year) and you can use it for life.

I know that there are many freelancers who prefer to use a desktop application in order to keep their data on their own computers. Since Fanurio is a desktop application, it integrates very well with the platforms it runs on. On OS X, you can easily access timers from the the menu bar and from the dock icon menu. On Windows, you can start a new timer or control the active timer from the thumbnail toolbar or from the tray icon. You can also use global hotkeys to control the timers from within any running application.

Fanurio is used by many freelancers not just to track time but to bill their clients as well. Fanurio can export invoices to HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and other formats so they can be printed or e-mailed. Invoice templates can be created manually, with a visual editor (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) or with the built-in template editor.

I hope this helps.


John Klosovsky March 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

Great apps, but I think the list will be more perfect if TimeCamp ( was added to it.


James Wallburg March 24, 2015 at 6:04 am

Time & Project Management either Cloud or PC, TimeLive is best. It gives you the freedom to evaluate your projects, tasks, employees and their progress with expense without leaving anything behind. Even in office and out office. I am using it for my company for more than 4 yrs and Its online 24/7 support help me whenever I need something new. I recommend

You should explore it yourself. here is the link


Jay M May 11, 2015 at 5:46 am

Thank for Sharing great information. we would like to add more tool here for accounting and invoice I.e. Moon Invoice. iCloud sync for iOS and Mac OSX for small businesses and individual.

Main Modules:- Invoices, estimates, purchase orders, customers, vendors, payment receipts and multiple companies support- 22 Professional PDF templates


StefanS May 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Thanks for sharing this great listing. Some of these tools I use myself. Another one which I would add is . It saves me a lot oft time during work.


Daily Notes June 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Do consider Daily Notes. You can create a category representing the different aspects of your life in it, eg. work, home, projects, garden, etc. then in each, you can add in your to-do lists, notes, reminders, voice recordings and even PDF attachments, photos and sketches.

It’s like a time management/ calendar app program that can turn into a journal, daily log sheet, voice recorder, project management system and more.

Do check it out!


Hospity June 24, 2015 at 12:06 am

This is great list of software.. Great Thanks for sharing..

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Chris Froelich October 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Great list. I’d also add ZipBooks! It does both invoicing and time tracking and you can track time from your browser with their browser extension. It’s worth taking a look!


Ella Jamerson October 23, 2015 at 6:23 am

I did actually try Klock after reading this, it looked very cool and modern etc. Really found it quite confusing to look at and not really meeting our needs, Dooster was the alternative we have stuck with.


George Cooper January 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

I can advice you to try TMetric ( This time tracker is absolutely free, easy and convenient. Work day is visualized as a timeline. There are also capabilities to prepare various reports and integrations with popular project management systems such as Asana, Basecamp, GitHub, Redmine, Trello and other features.


r0dric February 12, 2016 at 10:47 pm

I found some software that catch my interest here. Thanks for the list.


Henri Tukiainen February 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

For task-based time tracking, ( is a nice alternative if you want to keep it simple and just track your time per task. It’s also free and doesn’t require registration.


Nikhil February 29, 2016 at 12:27 am

You had mentioned the best list. Just to add on i am using Apptivo software. It helps to create invoice based on the time spent on the projects.


Jose March 17, 2016 at 6:51 am


We’ve recently launched our personal productivity software which currently has over 500 users. Although it’s still a beta version, Kiply allows you to track your activity in order to know how you really spend your time while using your computer.

With Kiply you automatically record your activity in real time and keep it completely private. You can view your activity either on the web or on your desktop app, as well as create new projects and see your progress according to your goals.

You can download Kiply beta version from our website at no cost. Please share your thoughts about it! :)


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Bhavesh Koladiya May 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Nice article. Toggl is also a free time management software that allows organizations and people to manage worker timesheets easily. Here list of free and open source time management software businesses that individuals should take advantage –

Note: I don’t have any commercial arrangement from Toggl..


Alexander May 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Hi LifeDev, nice summary! I have one thing you may want to do in order to help keep your readers on-page: add the rel=0 tag to all your YouTube embeds. See screenshot:

And of course I think the list would benefit from a mention of Time Doctor as well ( Its focus is on high accuracy and monitoring other productivity metrics like keyboard and mouse activity and web & app usage.



Alena Subotina July 1, 2016 at 7:16 am

Hello, thanks for the list. Personally I tried many time tracker tools, but chose TMetric ( It provides time tracking, work session monitoring, reporting tools, integration with popular project management systems and totally free of charge.


José Miguel Lucas July 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

I had a major issue with my deadlines… and, as a consequence, I tended to work all night long to compensate…
I thought it would be good to have a software that would automatically reschedule my tasks in the calendar, until I finished the one I was working on… and I found one that does precisely that: AgendaGuru and it seems to be extraordinarily simple!
It is still a beta version and only available online for computers, but has anyone tested it (


Madhukar Vb August 29, 2016 at 1:39 am

Thanks for Sharing Nice stuff with us.


Matt Davon September 16, 2016 at 7:25 am

Great source of time tracking software! How about other solutions like teamdeck ( or toggl / harvest?


Thomas October 3, 2016 at 6:40 am

You should also have TimeSheet Reporter on this list, since it makes it possible to track time based on your Outlook appointments.

How to find the Best timesheet software


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Borlat March 2, 2017 at 1:41 am

Fantastic list of resources, You might also include Buddy Punch ( in your resource list its one of the best time clock software available in market at affordable price.


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