[Status: Backburner ⌛️] Default Time Log Categories

We have multiple time categories that we use: Client, Bill by the Hour, Sales, Marketing, Overhead. 90% of our time logs go to "Client." It would be helpful if we could set a "Default" category so we don't need to manually add it each time (unless we are overriding it to one of the other four). Or, set the default at the project level. This would be hugely helpful!

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I agree. This would be a wonderful feature to have. 

Is it also possible to have the option to make a global default or by user?

Meaning, we can say the global default would be "Client". However, if we have an employee that generally doesn't work on client work (say Finance or HR), we could set their default to something else?

Thank you for your help and consideration.

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+1 for a main default category. When reporting on time spent and using categories for billing, capitalization and the like, having entries with no category is worse than having the wrong one.

I'm also for having individual user defaults, which would clear up much of the wrong category entries, but that is more of a nice to have than flat-out required like the former.

Thanks.

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To add to this line of thought.  In addition to a default option, when creating blueprints, the ability to set the timelog category for those items would be great.

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Hi guys, thanks so much for bringing this up 🙂 This post has now 49 votes, and once it hits 60 votes, we'll add one of the Product Feedback statuses to it, so please keep voting 👍

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Quick update: I've added the 'Backburner' status here, which means that the Product team is interested, but the idea isn't on the roadmap yet. I'll let you know when there's an update 🙌

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As well as being time saving feature, the real advantage would be a reduction in un-categorized or mis-categorized timelog entries.

I'd love to see this feature implemented.

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I would like to see the categories be required and an optional default. 

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Hi everyone, a quick update - the team is still interested in this, but there is no ETA on its implementation. I'll keep you posted on any updates.

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Hi everyone,

Do you have any news about that? This post has already 77 votes. :)

Thanks for your help!

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Hey Jos� Maria, we're checking in with the Product team as we speak. As soon as I have an update I'll let you know 👍

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Our teams’ two cents: We have the following TimeLog Categories: Administrative, Project Implementation, Remote Implementation, Internal Troubleshooting/Bug Fix/Break Fix, Internal Meetings, Development/Process Improvement, Education, Travel - Non Billable, Travel - Billable, Report Verification, Non-Working, Time & Materials. The category isn’t something our users should even have to worry about – they should put in their time and any detailed comments and the category is something that should be identified at the Project/folder/and or Task level – not on each entry of time entered. What would resolve this whole perceived ‘issue’ is if we could identify the Time Log Category for a task within the Task itself, at task creation or prior to any time entered for that task - or within our Blueprint projects/tasks (that we’ve created), which would then populate the correct category for any user that would put time against that task. By making the user do it for every single time entry – or the need to go back in to define categories at a specific time after all time has been entered is simply not useful time for the user to spend. This model also adds inaccuracy of timelog categorization when added ad hoc by the user each time. Perhaps this could be optional at the task level or if other Wrike users choose to use ad hoc categorization when they add time.

We’ve really only just started looking at these Time Spent reports to see where our users are spending their time and where we can find some efficiencies in our processes or projects – but unless we can figure out a good work around for our users to better understand how to avoid this functionality as its designed without creating more admin and maintenance time – the categories and reporting by categories have no value to us. It is our goal from the beginning to continue getting value out of the different features that we’ve licensed for our Wrike Instance.

Additionally - when this feature is updated - in order to correct all task time log entries - there would need to be the ability to bulk edit tasks and apply the correct category which then would populate all time entries for that task with the correct category. 😀 Easy - Peasy! 

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Hi again, everyone! The team is aware of this suggestion's popularity here on the Community, so they keep it on their radar. We'll keep you posted as the team shares more updates with us in the future 👍

Thank you for supporting this idea 🙌

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