Secret Method to Tracking Time

There are many electronic systems available to help independent consultants track their time. But here's a secret: some of us still find that we like our old-school paper-based methods best.

Many in the Solo PR Pro community have asked what I use — in this video, I demonstrate the “system” I've developed over my 15 years of consulting, which uses folders to organize clients and track my time.

If you can't see the video above, you can watch it on YouTube.

It's important to note that I also use this same system for volunteer positions and pro bono work, tracking time regardless of whether I'm going to get paid or not.

Obviously there are many software programs that may be more efficient, but for me, I found that I just wasn't as religious about tracking my time when I have to open a software program to do it. Your mileage may vary — I firmly believe that the best system is the one you'll actively use!

What about you — what's your system for client organization and time tracking? Looking forward to hearing your personal experiences and recommendations in the comments…