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A Review of the Best Time Tracking App, Using Shortcuts to Track Time, and More

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New Review: The Best Time Tracking App »

We’ve been testing time tracking apps for the last several months, and are finally ready to declare a winner. There are a lot of options to consider and lots of different approaches, but Timery is the best time tracking app on any platform because it makes starting and stopping your timers a breeze and supports modern iOS features like Shortcuts and widgets better than any other app we tested.

The widgets in particular are really well done. You can use widgets to store saved timers that let you easily start new timers from your iOS Home Screen (though it does require opening the Timery app to do so), and the Compact Mode allows you to fit more timers to make the most of your Home Screen real estate. You can also view your time tracking data via widgets, with multiple filtering options that let your slice your data any way that you want.

How Rose uses Shortcuts and App Launchers to Track Time »

How Rose uses Shortcuts and App Launchers to Track Time

Have you ever had that feeling where you are completely stressed out because you have so much to do, but you don’t even know where to begin? You feel anxiety about falling behind, but you lack clarity on what the best thing to do right now really is?

I certainly have. And I absolutely hate feeling that way.

One of the best ways I’ve found to overcome that feeling is a practice I like to call time budgeting. If you have a budget for your finances, you already know how this works. It’s the exact same principle, only applied to your time instead of your money.

Beating Procrastination with Time Budgeting (TSS WEBINAR) »

Beating Procrastination with Time Budgeting (TSS WEBINAR)

Have you ever had that feeling where you are completely stressed out because you have so much to do, but you don’t even know where to begin? You feel anxiety about falling behind, but you lack clarity on what the best thing to do right now really is?

I certainly have. And I absolutely hate feeling that way.

One of the best ways I’ve found to overcome that feeling is a practice I like to call time budgeting. If you have a budget for your finances, you already know how this works. It’s the exact same principle, only applied to your time instead of your money.

What: Time Budgeting (Live Webinar)

When: Tuesday, 6 April @ 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific

Where: RSVP HERE (this way we can email you the link to join us live)

Richard Seidl’s Mac and iOS Setup »

Richard Seidl’s Mac and iOS Setup

I’m Richard Seidl — author, speaker, and software consultant. I was born in Austria but have been living in Germany for several years. I started programming in the 80s and today I help companies write better software. My deep passion is about our future. I want to inspire people to become active designers of our future and not only to passively consume. I am convinced that we will only overcome the challenges of our world if we combine humanity AND technology. This is the core of my work and my writing.

Our Favorite Apps for Working From Home »

Our Favorite Apps for Working From Home

We here at The Sweet Setup have been work-from-home types for as long as the site has existed — in many ways, you could say we were ahead of the revolution.

But, after a year of watching everyone else adapt to working from home, there’s still a lot we’ve learned. Our Zoom meetings, for instance, have seen a huge boost in quality thanks to new apps for using actual cameras for capturing Zoom video. Having to beam into a computer located at the office has also seen a boom — there are now many great options for VNC beyond just Screens on the Mac.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention new ways to stay focused and away from distraction — new focus playlists have sprung up, new ANC headphones have rocketed to the top of the shopping cart, and home office ergonomics have become a major priority.

So, despite working from home for the last ten years, our working lives changed considerably over the last year as well.

Here’s a roundup of a few apps, services, playlists, and products we recommend after a year of COVID working-from-home.

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