I'm looking for an application that can help me account for my work hours.

features that i'm looking for:

  1. (essential) regular short term reminders/notifications to ensure that I'm recording time for the correct task.
  2. easy task creation, just type a description and start recording. (rather than selecting from a list of previously created tasks)
  3. easy correction of times recorded (move a start time back and the previous task's end time gets adjusted.)
  4. good reporting or timesheet generation.
  5. free / open-source so that I don't have to get approval from my employer.
  6. (optional) it would be nice if it was portable.

Apps that i've looked at:

timepanic (www.timepanic.com): 1 2 3 4 x x
ptimer (http://www.sprinx.com/ptimer/) : 1 x x ? 5 x
ptm (http://ptm.sourceforge.net/): 1 x x 4 5 6
Grindstone 2 (http://www.epiforge.com/Grindstone2/): 1 2 x 4 5 ?

I’m hoping for a few more suggestions.
If timepanic was free it would be the front runner.
What other apps meet the requirements?


You might want to consider task management software with time recording features.

I use http://github.com/andreashofmann/AutofocusAHK which make use of AutoHotKey scripts to manage and record tasks based on Mark Forster's AF/DWM task management methods. Meets your criteria 1, 2, 5 & 6. Less so 3 & 4.

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  • Compared to the other applications I've tested this application seems to be a tool to help effectively manage your to-do list rather than time logging. Sorry, it didn't really fit the bill. – X-Dev Oct 6 '10 at 22:45
  • If your needs are much more than basic task start/stop/timespent, it's true that AutofocusAHK would not really fit your bill. My needs are more of easy/visible timer while doing tasks, and basic task time used report as per sabre23t.com/articles/Tasks-2010-02-11-10-39-19.html (click on the unactioned/done buttons for different views). I've come across other task management software on Windows/WindowsMobile with a bit more extensive time recording features that I could elaborate on, if it's of interest. – sabre23t Oct 7 '10 at 15:19

How about RescueTime Solo Lite which is free?

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  • free users don't get access to rescuetime Pace (blog.rescuetime.com/2009/11/13/…). I'm not very fond of the active application tracking (as opposed to ask tracking) as i use the same applications to work on different tasks and projects. – X-Dev Oct 6 '10 at 22:48

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