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Using Timers

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You might generally know how much time you spend doing your work, but it’s easy for time to slip away from us. Use timers to keep track of the amount of time you spend working on a task.

Here are the important things to know about timers:

  • Timers display accumulated time in the HH:MM format, starting at the one minute mark.
  • When you start a timer, it will keep running until you click the timer icon to pause it, or until you start a timer on a different task. When a timer is paused, the accumulated time is held for you.  You can restart the timer to pick up where you left off, or you can use the accumulated time to apply it to your timesheet.
  • Clicking Use will apply the accumulated time to your timesheet. Clicking Clear will clear the accumulated time for that task.
  • Timers are associated with your own member login, which means they are not used to track time for other members or virtual members.
  • The timer icon in the workspace header will tell you how many tasks currently have accumulated timers. You can click on the timer icon to see a list of the tasks with accumulated time.
  • Only one timer can be active at a time.
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Starting and Stopping a Timer

You can start and stop a timer anywhere you see the timer icon simply by clicking play or pause on the timer. There is a maximum limit of 100 active (running or paused) timers per person in the workspace.

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On the Projects Tab

  • The My Timers column, assuming that you have exposed that column.
  • To the right of the task name in the Edit Panel.
  • The timer icon in the workspace header, which appears if there is at least one task with an active timer or a paused timer with unused time.
  • The right-click menu > Start Task Timer (start timer only).
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From the My Work tab

  • The timer icon that appears when you hover over the task in the list.
  • To the right of the task name in the Edit Panel when you click on a task in the list.
  • The timer icon in the workspace header, which appears if there is at least one task with an active timer or a paused timer with unused time.

On the Timesheets tab

  • The Timer icon located to the left of the Activity box.
  • To the right of the task name in the Edit Panel when you click on a task on your timesheet.
  • The timer icon in the workspace header, which appears if there is at least one task with an active timer or a paused timer with unused time.

Logging Accumulated Time

When you are done with your work and ready to log the timer hours:

  1. Click the active timer to pause it.
  2. Click the small down arrow on the paused timer. You’ll be presented with a choice to Use or Clear the time. Select Use.
  3. Complete the time entry as follows…

From the Edit Panel

The time entry box will open with the hours already entered:

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  • Hours are applied to the current date by default. You can select a different date as necessary.
  • Select an Activity for the time entry.  Activities allow you to categorize your time entry.
  • Click “Save” to apply the accumulated time to your timesheet.
  • Time entry notations can be typed into the Optional timesheet note box. These notations will be captured in timesheet exports.
  • Time entered here will be transferred to your timesheet automatically.
  • After you refresh, you’ll see that your remaining effort estimate was automatically reduced by the number of logged hours.  Even so, you should always review the adjusted remaining effort and correct it for accuracy if necessary.

From Your Timesheet

The task row on your timesheet will expand and the hours will be entered into the current day box:

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  • The timesheet will display logged time in hours or fractions of hours. But you can log time in any of the following units: minutes, hours or days (e.g. 8m, 8h, 8d).
  • Select an Activity for the time entry. Activities allow you to categorize your time entry.
  • Click “Save” to apply the accumulated time to your timesheet.
  • Time entry notations can be typed into the Timesheet note box. These notations will be captured in timesheet exports.
  • If you had already logged time to this task on the same day, you will get a new row on the timesheet right below the last time entry.  You can select a different activity for the new time entry.  But if you select the same activity as the prior entry, the rows will be merged when you click Save.
  • Your remaining effort estimate will be automatically reduced by the number of logged hours.  Even so, you should always review the adjusted remaining effort and correct it for accuracy if necessary.
If you clear or change a time entry after it has been saved, the remaining estimate will not update automatically. LiquidPlanner does not make assumptions about the current remaining effort, so be sure to update the estimate!

From the Workspace Header

The time entry box will open with the hours already entered.  Click Save to apply the accumulated time to your timesheet.

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Using Timers was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Zareen Maurer

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