Hours don't lie. Time tracking is one of the most effective ways to get things done. You plan ahead and track your progress to ensure work productivity.
I tried many time tracking apps. At some point, I finally realized:
It's too much overhead.
You're standing around the whiteboard, sketching out some cool ideas.
You're facing the blank Photoshop canvas.
You're rushing to a meeting.
You're replying to mountains of emails accumulated in just an hour.
You, simply are not in the mindset to remember that tracking app.
Many time tracking apps require constant thinking about time tracking as a task and demand too much attention from you. For example, one app asks you to click on a button to start a task, and click again to end it. It secretly plans to take over your life.
Not every task is about hi-fi prototype that would last for hours. You often deal with little things that together make a huge part of your job. However, tracking them is another big project. Time-tracking apps interrogate you about all the details they don't need to know.
Multi-tasking is not uncommon. You'll also encounter all sorts of unexpected situations (e.g. being pulled into a high priority meeting, longer-than-expected coffee time because you run into an old friend, etc.). But many apps are rigidly single threaded, and you need to put another tracker in your mind.
Time tracking quickly turns out to be a burden. It always competes with you, rather than serving your need.
* Oh, what about Excel and paper time sheet? I tried, and didn't feel I'm a professional in IT industry.
After two weeks of using Toggl, Klok, and Excel time sheet (you sense the desperation here), I stopped accepting the status quo. I ask:
I was determined to create better solutions.
You add up time to a tile and it tells you how much you've spent so far. What's a tile? A coffee break or a big project? It's your call.
As the name indicates, adding time requires only one click. You can track your fragmented work time with ease, without worrying about the time spent on time tracking.
It doesn't ask for attention and get in your way. You call it only when you need it. You get some hint, one-click add, then leave it alone.
It's not officially released in Chrome Web Store. You can try the beta version here.
With the release of Chrome Apps on multiple platforms, 1-Click TimeTracker will also be converted to a Chrome App.