Wrike Tip - Time Tracking

The first thing i do in the am when i open Wrike, is to 'start' and 'pause' the time tracker for each task/project that i will be working on, as well as my generic Task - Daily Activities. 

Daily Activities includes, email checking, phone calls, interruptions that take 5 minutes of your time, etc. This has been given 25% for Allocation in the Workload section as these have been pretty much adding up to 2 hours a day.

So, let's say i am working on TASK 1 and the timer is going. Someone walks in my office and interrupts, i move my mouse up to the time tracker at the top of the Wrike app, choose the drop down, select Daily Activities, and track that. This way, the time i spend with this person does not go toward TASK 1. 

Plus, with all my Today Tasks already listed in the time tracker at the top, it's easy to select the next task and get working on it. Helps me plan my day. 

I hope this helps everyone!

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Can you share an image of what this looks like?

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This is the drop down after i have started/stopped my Today To Do time tracking tasks. 

and this is all the drop down tasks i have open. So, if someone comes in, i can easily switch to Daily Log, and then right back to Batch 6. :D  I hope this helps.

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Thank you! Okay, so here's my issue, and maybe I'm missing something obvious. My dropdown list contains every task I've timed since I first started using Wrike almost a year ago! How do you clear out the list?

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you need to Add Entry to include your logged time into any reports. This removes the task from the drop down and adds the time to the time tracker reports. 

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this way, by day, i can tell how i spent my day. Most important, enable the Category option and create categories. For me yesterday (i missed a few items, lol) It helps me determine where my time is spent daily. it also helps me to allocate enough time for tasks within a project based on average time spent previously. (and lets me know how other employees are spending their time. 

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LOL. i see i was signed in by our Wrike Tracker User. We use that for tracking items that dont' belong in anyone's feed, and is mostly informational. For instance, we keep all our contacts for every different company we need in a folder called Contacts, sorted by type (IT Related, Marketing, Public Relations, but assign to WT and then backlogged. :D Stays out of our feeds as backlogged, but is still available for us. 

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If you accidentally start a time tracker and don't need it, select reset and it goes away.

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We have a similar generic identity serving as a tracker of tasks that are automated or don't belong to an individual, too. I was under the impression that as soon as one starts the timer on a task, it stops the timer on the previous task. It's a shame that one has to click on Add entry, rather than have the time automatically entered into the record. Seems like several an extra unnecessary steps.

We also use categories--very helpful--but I wish they could be assigned automatically to tasks that one does frequently or that are of a specific type. For example, I'd like all time spent on tasks in my Weekly Meetings folder to be filed under our Administrative category.

Thank you for helping me figure out why all these tasks remain in the timer dropdown. I guess I'll add all the entries one by one to clear it out!

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If you can remember the dates change the dates before you add them. I wish, really wish, that we could auto assign a category to a task so that every time you started the timer, it would add the category, but with the option to adjust if needed. As for automatically adding the time when you start a timer on a new task, i kind of like that it stays until you add it.  This way, i can switch between tasks without having to go back to them and starting a new timer. If you forget to Add Entry, you can adjust the date to make sure it gets added to the right date. :D I hope that makes sense. 

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Sure does. Thanks much!

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You might be interested in this request: https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115003737965-Prompt-for-Time-Tracking

If so, please upvote!

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Love this thread 🙌 

One quick thing about the tracker, @Diana you're right, if you're tracking time on task A and then jump to tracking time in task B, it stops tracking time on task A. It's more of a "pause" though, so the timer isn't running on A anymore, but you can unpause to keep tracking time there. You have to actually add the entry to get it to disappear from the dropdown. Hope that helps shed a little light on the process!

 

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Wrike Widget Pin

I've found that I'm not always in the Wrike application when I'm working and am also bouncing from one task to the next very quickly so it makes it difficult to remember to go back into wrike to change the task that I'm working on next. I think a solution to this issue is below. 

Please up-vote the feature request in the link below to implement a Wrike widget that pins to your screen for selection to start, pause, or stop time tracking through a drop-down by task. 

https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360027751373-Time-Tracking-Widget

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In the first post you write:

"The first thing i do in the am when i open Wrike, is to 'start' and 'pause' the time tracker for each task/project that i will be working on, as well as my generic Task - Daily Activities."

Isn't this wasted time? If I see all my different tasks and think of perhaps need 15sec per task to start and stop (just a guess), I have 5min every day for this. So in one week 25min lost for nothing (no value adding). If everybody in the company is doint this, I don't want to here the boss.

Is there any possibility to have all task you have for today show up automatically in the tracker drop down? Then I think it could be a way for very precise timelogging.

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Hi Sven Passinger,

Thank you for sharing this input! Currently, there is no way to show all assigned tasks in a task/project's time tracker drop-down menu. I would recommend making a post in the Product Feedback section of the Community. This way, other Community members will be able to show their support for this suggestion, and all of your feedback will be shared with the Product team.

If you need anything else, be sure to let me know 👍

mdr

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