How to Use Toggl – A Simple Online Time-Tracking Tool
There are times during this epidemic that I’ve been feeling a little sluggish, and I understand that many of you feel the same. Toggl is a time-tracking tool that has helped me keep track of my time, see where I need to make adjustments, and analyze the changes I need to make to my environment. They have phone and desktop apps, as well as a Google Chrome extension. During this time, for many of us, time-tracking is really helpful. Even if you’re using the free account, which is what I’m using, you will still have a lot of functionality that is available to you. You can relate a project and tags to the timer, which helps you drill down even further to understand what you are spending your time on.
There are also reports to even further help you understand where your time is going.
I use Toggl with Google Calendar, but if you want to use the built-in calendar, you can. I like is that they color-code their projects, which is something that I do in Google Calendar. The way to integrate it with another app like Google Calendar is with their Chrome extension.
If you download it, then you will see that there are different options than the desktop or going to Toggl.com. You can start and/or stop the timer automatically. I don’t really use it because I don’t think it made sense for me, but you can play around with the settings to find out what works for you. There is also idle detection.
If you are someone who follows the Pomodoro technique, Toggl supports it. Pomodoro is where you work for 25 minutes and then take a five-minute break. After three to four times, you can take a more extended break.
Toggl has many integrations, so it makes it a powerful time-tracking tool. I already mentioned one, Google Calendar. It also integrates with Outlook, but the online version. I use it with Notion, and it also works with Trello, Evernote, Todoist, Wunderlist, and the list keeps going. The best part is that if you have the phone and desktop apps, Toggl syncs between all three.
Watch the entire video for the overview of Toggl. Let me know if you have used Toggl or any other time-tracking tool and let me know your thoughts.