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      Anything that relies upon users to consistently give it accurate data manually is doomed.

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        Doomed in what way? Commercial trackers like Freckle and Harvest are successful, growing businesses.

        By this critereon, Excel is doomed. Whatever your definition for “doomed”, I disagree.

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        What’s the alternative for time-keeping applications?

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          Record what the user is doing.

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      I’ve had success doing the opposite. Rather than tracking how much time I’m spending on things, I timebox everything and use a timer to enforce it. It doesn’t work in every case, but it’s a nice way to keep focus, IME.

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      I started using the hamster time tracker some years ago and have been happy with it.