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Jeff Wheadon

Logging Time

While there are many things that separate Lyght from the other project management tools out there, its ability to track time and use it to streamline your workflows may very well be its best characteristic. 

The Time Tracker shows up on the top left of every page in Lyght, and entering in time here helps to fill out a lot of Lyght’s features. Starting the timer is a simple click of a button. One of the best ways to complete projects is to manage time effectively. Alongside the myriad of personal benefits to time management, tracking time in Lyght helps build data charts with which you can analyze critical trends in your team’s work and align your workflow accordingly.

While tracking time is not necessary to use Lyght, it is, however, a core feature, which we strongly recommend you use. We believe time management is integral to the continued improvement of any team using Lyght. After all, as Seneca once mentioned, “Nothing… is ours, except time. We are entrusted by nature with the ownership of this single thing.”

Simple Steps to Track Your Time

1. Starting the tracker is as simple as clicking the start timer button and entering the name of your project. Later, you can be more specific as to which Story and Assignment you worked on. Likewise, you don’t need to enter a project right away. You can simply start the timer and get to work!

2. If you need to check previous time entries, you can click on the clock rewind button to pull up a list of all your recent time logs.

3. A modal window will pop up when you click the stop timer button. From there you can:

  • Change your start time and end time - Adjust the time down to the second to maintain an accurate record of work you have done.
  • Choose which project you worked on - If you didn’t pick a project when you started the timer, choose one here. All time logged to an individual project can be seen on the Project Dashboard. If your project is linked to a specific client, time logged here will appear under time log charts for both the project and client pages.   
  • Select a specific Story and/or Assignment - Often, the one who created a Story/Assignment will have estimated a set time to finish the work. Logging time here helps you to not only understand how effectively you use your time, but how effective your team is at setting goals and sticking to them!   
  • Discount your time entry - Discounted time does not count toward the project budget but is rather an internal mechanism for tracking time more generally. 
  • Add a description - Provide a succinct summary of the work you did.  Descriptions help your team analyze key performance metrics later on. They are useful to clients when they want records of the work you’re doing as well.

Next Steps

You’ve now reached the end of the features that an individual user can perform through Lyght! If you are looking for more help before starting work, feel free to review any of the previous articles we’ve shared to "shed a light" on all that is Lyght!

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