Do you still enter your timesheets yourself ?
Have you ever thought about that for a while? For time registration, there are already many measuring points in the software that you use anyway. MS Office (365) often already has the most essential data when you work on projects. This can therefore be much easier if you use the available data wisely.
Why would you do double work? The appointments from your Outlook calendar, the emails in your Outlook outbox, your MS Teams telephone conversations… They are all digital traced, without any effort, with timestamps. With the help of solid interfaces, well thought-out AI (Artificial Intelligence) and a solidly set up self-training logic, you can reconstruct your working day reasonably far with all this data alone (and therefore with minimal effort). Yes, good software can clearly estimate (and learn) how much time you have put into writing an email and for which project you wrote it.
The work, for which you have not left any digital traces (study, preparation, calculations), you will in most cases remember, or you had it planned in your agenda anyway. Imagine: Just check, adjust here and there if necessary, and you're all set! A dream or a distant future? Certainly not with the current technical possibilities. That is certainly possible and even already available. You just have to do the correct targeted search among the many outdated tools.
Just think of all those small fragmented time blocks for which you cannot take the time to write them down: A phone call on the way, a short email in between etc…. It can add up to serious amount of time while you are already very busy. If you can invoice these activities (extra), this will quickly give a positive result for your income and it is also very objectively recorded: Crystal clear to you and the invoiced customer. If you are more concerned about the profitability of your projects, you will have less (vague) overhead costs due to the completeness of such a systematic approach. An approach that is also uniform: Done with John registers in his own way and Peter in another (or even James does not register at all). After all, employees are not always motivated to register correctly. It no longer takes a great deal of effort.
The so-called time trackers/time sheets of the latest generation are therefore no longer the stereotypical, laborious, stopwatch model, where you need a thousand clicks and record them manually. Those who are smart invest in the latest generation of this software category and let their available data do the work for them. That is more complete (you will not forget anything), that is more correct (objectively registered) and that is easier (automatically). Win, win win. In short: More time to spend on your projects.
For the MS Office 365 users, the Belgian Lexor (from the software house Flexsoft) already offers a very far-reaching and high-performance solution, with a unique clear calendar view where you can see at a glance what can already be presented from your data, and where additions may be needed. Lexor also uses data from your CRM system (Projects, contacts, etc.). Which results in a very efficient and reliable match.