As a freelance designer I need to keep track of how much time I spend on various tasks and projects. Until recently, I used a nifty little application called Watch It. It’s an unobtrusive app, and it worked pretty well with my workflow.
The two biggest problems with using such a bare-bones timer is it can only track one thing at a time, and you need to make sure to record the time somewhere before you restart you computer, or that time will be lost.
The Daily Grind Timer Widget solves both of those limitations. It’s a great little Dashboard Widget that allows you to set up multiple timers that you can name and color-code. You can even drag the timers up and down in the list to group tasks together. The Widget also holds any accumulated time through a restart. One thing to note is upon restart, the timers will be paused, so if you restart you computer mid-task, you’ll want to start the timers back up again when the restart is complete.
Best of all, this handy little widget is free, although donations are welcome. If you find this widget useful, you should consider dropping a few bucks on the developer.