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Creative Writers

Creative Writers — Daily Work Record

Are you hard at work on your novel? About to get stuck in but can't find the time? TimeKeeper for Word helps you keep track of how much work you are doing each day, from daily word counts to hours and minutes spent writing. A truly fantastic way to keep motivated.

Business Writers

BUsiness Users — Bill Your Clients For Time Worked

Do you struggle to keep track of how much time you spend working on client or project documents? Do you worry about over or under charging for your work? TimeKeeper for Word keeps an accurate record of your working time — coffee breaks NOT included!

Who is TimeKeeper for Word Really Designed For? And how useful could it possibly be?

There are two types of users for TimeKeeper for Word: Creative Writers and Business Users, each benefiting in different ways.

The creative writer, working away week after week and month after month on their novel, has easy access to daily stats such as word counts and time worked. For a certain type of writer — the writer who likes to track progress and keep a close eye on their levels of commitment and motivation — this can be of huge benefit. Here at Bad Wolf Software, we have a history of producing high quality apps for Writers, such as SmartEdit and PageFour. TimeKeeper for Word originated in feedback from just those sorts of writers.

Business Users of Microsoft Word benefit in different ways. They're not looking for motivation. They're not monitoring commitment to their work. They want to see how much of their working day or week has been spent working on particular documents for particular clients or projects.

I know this because I am one of them. As well as producing software and web applications for writers, I work as a consultant for multi-national companies and government agencies. In these environments, producing documentation is a large part of the working day, even for a software developer. I can't count the number of times Iíve approached management with lines like “Iíve already spent so much time on this...” or “Client X has cost me Y days work this month.”

Trouble is, without hard figures, itís hard to be taken seriously when you discuss how much of your working time is eaten up by demanding clients or complex projects that need to be explained in detailed documentation. Itís so much easier to be able to say “Iíve spent 27 hours 13 minutes on this document over the past two weeks. Hereís a daily breakdown.” And itís so much harder to be ignored.

On top of this, TimeKeeper for Word makes billing clients for time worked that little bit easier. Though it only measures document working time, it does lend weight to the hours you charge your clients for, and it makes it harder for apologetic staff to downplay the amount of time theyíve spent working on projects and documents. (Yes, that does happen!)

TimeKeeper for Word makes all of this possible, and the best part is it runs in the background, working away as you work. You only see the results when you choose to.

In Detail Then — How Does it Work? And why should I use it when I already have a time recording utility?

Once installed, TimeKeeper for Word begins recording the time you spend working on each document. Working time is not the same as the time a document is open. In order for time to count against your working total, you must be active in the document: typing, moving up and down within the document, etc. If you take a coffee break and leave your document open, TimeKeeper will stop recording automatically and only restart when you begin working again.

Many people already use time tracking utilities to record working time. The problem with all of these utilities is that they rely on your conscious action to switch them on or off. If you forget to start a timer for 20 minutes, those 20 minutes are not recorded. If you leave for a short break and donít return to work for half an hour, the timer keeps running unless you remembered to turn it off.

You donít need to worry about that with TimeKeeper for Word. Itís always on, always running, always recording, and brutally honest — once it sees that you have stopped working for a minute, the timer will stop, making it a reliable and truthful indicator of your actual working time. If youíre used to comfortably inflated figures, reassuring you that yes, you have spent two hours writing today, be prepared for a surprise when you look at TimeKeeper for Wordís figures.

Daily totals are displayed in a simple table to the left of your document, as is a grand total, but this table only appears when you consciously open the TimeKeeper for Word menu ribbon and click the Document History button. You may choose to do that each day, once a week, or only every month.

Your working history for a document is stored in a new TIMEKEEPER file that sits in the same folder as your document, and carries the same name. If this folder is a Dropbox or OneDrive folder, then the TimeKeeper figures will follow you across different PCs — so long as TimeKeeper for Word is installed on each PC.

Once installed, TimeKeeper for Word requires no maintenance or activity on your part. It does its job even if you never look at the results. Install it, and carry on with your work.

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Requires Word 2016, 2013 or 2010 for Windows