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Three time management apps use data analysis to conquer the clock

Liane Cassavoy | Oct. 31, 2014
Time management apps help you take care of the one thing you really can't make more of. These three apps do a great job of maximizing your time and making sure you get paid for it, plus they provide helpful analysis and organization tools.

Time management apps help you take care of the one thing you really can't make more of. These three apps do a great job of maximizing your time and making sure you get paid for it, plus they provide helpful analysis and organization tools. 

Timeful

I'm wary of technology products that claim to be able to make decisions for you. That's why I wasn't so sure about Timeful, an iOS app that strives to help you make the most of your time. It does that by combining your calendar, to-do list, and your "daily habits" in one central location, and offering suggestions on how you can best use your time. I'm still not sure I want to leave an app in charge of determining my schedule, but Timeful is winning me over.

Timeful integrates with your existing calendar, displaying all of your appointments and entries in a neatly designed layout that's easy to view, even on a small screen. It also lets you create a to-do list, offering a few suggestions on tasks that range from helpful (call mom) to less practical (take a hot air balloon ride). Luckily, adding your own to-dos is a breeze if you don't like Timeful's suggestions. It also includes a list of good habits you might want to make time for, such as exercising, drinking water, and calling a friend. Again, you can add your own easily enough, and you can tell the app how often you'd like to do each of these items, and what time of day you prefer.

Once Timeful knows what you want to do, it helps you find time to do it. The items are displayed at the top of your daily calendar, and Timeful makes good use of the iOS touch screen, allowing you to drag them into an open spot or shuffle them off until the next day.

The more you use Timeful, the more useful it's supposed to get, as it learns your schedule and suggests times for your tasks. This may be true, but I'm too much of a control freak to hand over complete control to an app. Still, I like how Timeful integrates all aspects of my life into one handy app, making it a little easier for me to stay on top of all I have to do.

Freckle

It's no secret that tracking your time is annoyingly time-consuming. But it's a whole lot easier when you use Freckle. This Web service and mobile app (Android and iOS) includes a timer that does the counting for you, as well as tools for logging additional time, invoicing, and analyzing how your time was spent.

 

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