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Timesheets!

14th Aug 2015
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I hate timesheets! For most of my working life I’ve been using timesheets that you’d think by now, I’d be immune to them. Being self-employed means I have to account for every hour (minute even) that I work before I get paid. I completely understand the justification of it and in theory it really is a good idea but for some reason, I still hate doing them.

At the moment, there are some days when I do a bit of work and then my daughter needs the toilet (we are in the midst of toilet training and so I drop everything when she says she needs to go!), I take her, come back and something else has popped up so I get distracted and start doing that as it seems small and I think I can do it quickly. But then, before you know it, the whole day has gone and I’ve not recorded what I have done and how long it has taken me except that I know I’ve been working all day.

On days like that, the best thing to do would be to try and remember everything and write it down while I still remember. Obviously, I don’t! I faff around and think I’ll write it up tomorrow because I won’t forget. I’ve tried using a phone app, pen and paper and spreadsheets. Nothing seems to tempt me into writing up my timesheet. Considering that I like writing so much, you’d think I’d love this opportunity to write down every last detail of what I’ve done in the day.

In the end, I check the emails I’ve sent on those days to recall what I did, I check the audit function of the accounting packages I use and I get there. I bet if it was called something else, I’d happily sit there and complete it. Or maybe it was because I was attempting to work from my mum’s house this week. I think I just need to get my mind around it and maybe call it a blog!

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By petersaxton
14th Aug 2015 22:47

At your desk

Presumably you are only working when you are at your desk so you could easily use a utility that records when you start and stop.

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By Sheepy306
14th Aug 2015 23:16

Peter, are you suggesting some kind of timer hooked up to a pressure pad on her office chair?

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By petersaxton
15th Aug 2015 08:55

If all else fails

Sheepy306 wrote:
Peter, are you suggesting some kind of timer hooked up to a pressure pad on her office chair?

Yes.

But what's that software that you can just start and stop?

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By Healthpay
15th Aug 2015 08:48

Fixed price
I have settled on a fixed price for the year for each client. So now nobody cares what I am doing and when!

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By Paul Scholes
15th Aug 2015 11:34

Tommy Cooper had the aanswer

Woman to doctor : "Oh please help me doc, every time I do this (lifting her arm up in the air) it hurts"

Doctor to woman: "Don't do it"

I haven't lifted my arm since 31 March 2008 and I'm still in business and, hold on.....yes, the world is still turning.

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By petersaxton
15th Aug 2015 11:57

Earning £10 per hour?

But the world is still turning!

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By Healthpay
16th Aug 2015 13:12

Do I mind?
As long as I get the fixed price right in the first place I don't mind a bit!

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By petersaxton
16th Aug 2015 15:52

What does that mean?

Getting the fixed price right.

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By Barry Hawkins
16th Aug 2015 22:23

Timesheets

Get a diary, note in it what you're doing (including own admin work etc.), when and for whom. Also record mileages if you have to go anywhere on business. If you break off for whatever reason record it. At end of day or week transfer data to a spreadsheet or database and then develop searches to see where your time as gone. Be prepared for some surprises, but it will help you to analyse what you spend your time on and to make sure you are charging a fair rate for your services.

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By partner55
21st Aug 2015 11:19

Journal feature,

If you use Office a lot, try using the Journal feature in Outlook.

That shows you all the Excel and Word files you opened, and how long you had them open for. 

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