When I worked in a government office, we had Bundy clocks and time cards to record the time we spent in the office. I never imagined that, as a freelancer, I would go back to tracking my time.
Yes, since I began offering my services on retainer basis, I’ve been tracking how long it takes for me to complete tasks for my retainer clients.
It’s not an exact science. In fact, I often forget to turn the timer on. And when I forget to turn it off, the timer itself stops three minutes after my computer has been inactive.
Tracking how we use our time is valuable for freelancers, whether or not we charge clients by the hour.