Performance & Productivity

2023 Best Time Management Tools For Personal & Team Use (Objective Review!)

Time is money. Maximize productivity for you and your team with the best time management tools.

Time is money. Maximize productivity for you and your team with the best time management tools.

Probably since the invention of the most ancient clock, time has always been that one big thing we want to use effectively in our lives. After all, time is life. And in a way, when you - the manager - empower your people to spend time at work efficiently and meaningfully, you also encourage them to live to their fullest potential. 

However, the switch to flexible work arrangements has raised doubts about people’s effective use of time and employee productivity in general. We understand that as a people-centric and future-forward manager, you want to make remote work… work (and you deeply believe that it can work), but reports after reports and news after news are telling you the opposite. 

“Time management is one of the most common issues in the way of productivity under normal circumstances”, said MacArthur from Forbes

A recent study from the project management tool Asana finds out that an average employee (regardless of their work arrangements) spends 58% of their work time to “work about work”, which means to do not-so-productive activities, such as looking up information, switching between apps, attending meetings, etc. 

Time spent on "work about work" versus actual work
Asana - A worldwide breakdown of time spent on “work about work” versus strategic or skilled work

Is the situation even more concerning in remote and hybrid work? Do the Zoom return to office and other recent announcements from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, make you rethink your team’s remote policy? 

Well, we think not. After deep diving into the world of available tools that can help you and your people spend time at work more efficiently, we strongly believe that all hybrid and remote teams can be as productive as (or even more than) full-time face-to-face teams.

Here is the shortlist of the best time management tools we've covered in this article:

  1. Clockify - For simple and straightforward time tracking
  2. RescueTime - For understanding your digital habits and improving productivity
  3. My Hours - For freelancers and contractors who need to send time logs and invoice to clients
  4. Clockwise - For streamlining and automating your calendar
  5. Llama Life - For individuals who struggle to concentrate in an extended amount of time
  6. Bento - For a playful approach to manage your time
  7. Google Calendar - For practicing time boxing method to be more productive
  8. Time Doctor - For teams who are new to time management
  9. ActivTrak - For a balanced between detailed time tracking and privacy
  10. Insightful - For sustainable productivity for employees' wellbeing
  11. Timely - For simple AI-powered automatic time management
  12. Hubstaff - For satisfying the specific needs of remote teams
  13. Toggl Track - For seamless manual time tracking
  14. Timecamp - For teams with limited budget
  15. Scoro - For optimizing your entire quote-to-cash process
  16. Paymo - For small business and freelancers
  17. Avaza - For time tracking on mobile devices
  18. Buddy Punch - For reliable attendance, time off and overtime
  19. DeskTime - For easy onboarding with the team
  20. ClickTime - For frictionless time tracking for project-driven teams
  21. Deputy - For companies with many frontline employees
  22. Replicon - For companies that are or plan to be extra large
  23. Harvest - For improving profitability

We grouped them into different needs of yours, including the ones that are best for personal time management, for collaborating with external stakeholders (like freelancers or clients), and for an all-in-one solution. Let's dive in!

Time Management Tools to Take More Control of Your Time (Best for Personal Use)

If you’re thinking, “Wait a second, I don’t want to tell my people how to use their time. I trust they know what’s best for themselves”, we got you. Time management, or more specifically, time tracking tools, can feel too intrusive for some people. Some even view using them as showing a lack of trust. 

Nevertheless, we think everyone can agree that working from home is full of distractions, and using personal time management tools just for yourself, not sharing your time tracking with anyone, will motivate you to stay focused. 

And here are the best personal time tracking apps on the market:


Clockify is among the world’s most popular time tracking tools. It has millions of users, including those from famous companies like Google, Netflix and Microsoft. The best things about Clockify are that it’s free and extremely straightforward. You go to their website, enter your task name, and start the timer!

Clockify - Time Management Tool
Clockify - For simple and straightforward time tracking

Best for: Simple and straightforward time tracking

Device: Web | Desktop | Mobile | Kiosk 

Salient features:

  • Time tracker: As you can start tracking time in the web version, it’s easy to get started, but note that you need to start and stop the timer yourself. If you want an auto time tracker, you can download their desktop app. 
  • Dashboard and Reports: Simple and not overwhelming, give you an overview of your work hours and project profitability at a glance.


  • Limited integrations: Clockify only connects with web apps. For example, if you want to use Clockify to track time in, you will need to open in your browser and not the desktop app. 


  • Free plan: Generous features, unlimited number of users, tracking and projects
  • Paid plans: Starting from $3.99 user/month (billed annually)


“It's so simple to set up and easy to maintain that it easily becomes a good habit that provides me an extraordinary level of insight into how I'm utilizing one of the sparsest resources in business and life: Time.” - Matt S.

“The "Weekly" and "Detailed" reports provide fantastic analytics. I'm a very visual person, so the reports that they provide are particularly helpful to me.” - Thomas J.

>> Click here to start tracking your time with Clockify


RescueTime prizes itself for being “The only app in the world that can truly measure your focus". To what extent that this statement is accurate is up to debate, but we have to say their analysis of users’ time spent is pretty legit.

RescueTime - Time Management Tool
RescueTime - Understanding your digital habits and improving productivity

Best for: Understanding your digital habits and improving productivity

Device: Desktop | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Automatic time tracker
  • Daily Patterns: Tell you when in the day or week that you were most productive so that you have a better understanding of your work preferences.
  • Focus Sessions: Allow you to block distracting websites in a certain amount of time to get your work done!


  • Have to install the app: can be on your desktop or mobile devices
  • Best features only available with paid plans


  • Free plan: RescueTime Lite, including: Automatic time-tracking, Weekly reports through emails
  • Paid plan: RescueTime, starting from $6.5 user/month with a 2-week free trial.


“I've spent significantly less time on social media since I implemented RescueTime in my system and I now have a very detailed insight on how much time I spend on productive time.” - Nicolet G.

“There was a time I was really convinced I was productive until I started using RescueTime. It really rescued me to know and reveal more about myself and my procrastination patterns.” - Gaston M.

My Hours

My Hours is the perfect tool for freelancers and contractors who want to charge clients accurately and increase profits. Most users have described My Hours as “easy to use” since 2002, so you won’t have any problems onboarding yourself to the app. 

My Hours - Time Management Tool
My Hours - For freelancers and contractors who need to send time logs and invoices to clients

Best for: Freelancers and contractors who need to send time logs and invoice to clients 

Device: Browser extension | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Detailed time log: Unlike most time tracking apps that do not focus on the description of each time log, My Hours gives you a lot of space to note down more details about what you have been working on. This will be useful when you need to explain to your clients or managers later why it takes you a certain amount of time to complete a certain number of tasks.
  • Easy invoicing: You can choose different settings, charge per project, hour, period, etc.


  • No auto time-tracking


  • Free plan available with: Unlimited team members & projects, Setting billable rates, Generating detailed reports
  • Paid plan: The Pro version costs $6 user/month (billed annually) and comes with a 14-day trial.


“I love using MyHours - specifically for projects that have different tasks/costs - you can easily see the profitability of a project based on those parameters. Huge for consultants wanting to see if a project or client is profitable.” - Lindsay D.

“We are using My Hours for more than 5-6 years now. Used the paid and the free version. Both do compel exactly to our expectations. You want to invoice a customer per project, per hour, per period, as consultancy, per... you can choose. Reporting is easy and accurate.” - Roeland S.


Believe us, you will fall in love with Clockwise if you give it a try. Too many of us know too well the pain of being caught up in meetings during the workday and can’t concentrate on completing whatever tasks are at hand. Being powered by AI, Clockwise will automatically reschedule meetings for you so that you have big blocks of focus time to work on things that matter. 

Clockwise - Time Management Tool
Clockwise - Streamlining and automating your calendar with its meeting scheduling tool

Best for: Streamlining and automating your calendar

Device: Works on Google Calendar | Microsoft 365 coming soon

Salient features:

  • Focus Time: Tell Clockwise how many hours of focus time you need in a week, and it will make them come true!
  • Flexible Meetings: In order to create blocks of focus time, Clockwise will reschedule some of the meetings that you mark as Flexible. So there’s no risk that it will automatically change a meeting you have with the CEO!


  • Only allow signups from work emails: If you have a very small team and haven’t got your work domain yet, we’re afraid Clockwise is not the best choice.


  • Free plan: You will get the auto schedule and all integrations in Slack, Zoom and Asana
  • Paid plan: From $6.75 user/month (billed annually)


“Automatic booking of focus time blocks and automatic rearranging of meetings are the most valuable features to me. I like that it shows me how much focus time I'm taking away from people when I book them in a meeting!” - Graham H.

“When all people invited to a meeting use Clockwise, it automatically rearranges it in order to create focus time.” - Anonymous reviewer

Llama Life

Llama Life has an interesting backstory. Marie - the Founder created Llama Life after she was diagnosed with ADHD. She wanted to build a time tracking app that could truly help users work through their to-do list with “a feeling of calmness and control”. We think she did it. This is a time management app that speaks to your soul. 

Llama Life - Time Management Tool
Llama Life - For those who struggle to concentrate 

Best for: Individuals who struggle to concentrate in an extended amount of time

Device: Desktop web

Salient features:

  • Task Timers & End Time: With Llama Life, you start by entering the amount of time you aim to use to complete your task. The app will notify you when you exceed the expected End Time. This will give you a bit more pressure to focus. 
  • Random Task: When you're overwhelmed and don't know where to start, you can ask Llama Life to give you a random task.


  • For individual use only
  • Limited integrations (only Notion and Todoist)


  • Free plan: Not include Random Task and integrations
  • Paid plan: $6/month if billed monthly or $29/year if billed annually 

“Sometimes, you need an app to just dump all your tasks in and get cracking on them. Llama Life is that app. It is very easy to quickly add tasks and track the time you spend on these. Only essential features are present, ensuring that the user isn't overloaded with useless stuff, and is seamless - adding/removing tasks happens in clicks.” - Dr Kamlesh P.

“Very nice, clean, simple interface. I love the keyboard shortcuts, too. Make doing things joyful.” - Denis E.


“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain

Basically, if you have a list of things to do, do the hardest thing first. This way, you will save time procrastinating to get started just because there’s one big difficult, ugly task on the list. This tip has been widely shared (and approved) through the 3 million sold copies of the book Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. And Bento is the optimal app if you want to practice this method.

Bento - Time Management Tool
Bento - For a playful approach to managing your time

Best for: A playful approach to manage your time

Device: Mobile

Salient features:

  • The Bento Method: Every day, Bento will ask you three tasks you want to get done that day. One big, one medium, and one small task. To “eat the frog”, start with the big task. 


  • For simple to-do list creation only


  • App Store: $3.99


“Having started a new more mindful approach to life, this app has proven to be really amazing. The three level to do list is perfect and really helps you get much more done and feel better while doing it.” - JeremyJB

“This app is amazing, and beautifully crafted. It’s definitely something everybody can use to do more with less.” - PolarBearKev 

Google Calendar

Although Google Calendar is not really a time management app, you can still utilize it to practice effective time management techniques, among which, the most popular must be time boxing. 

Timeboxing example on Google Calendar
An example of the time boxing method in Google Calendar

Best for: Practicing time boxing method to be more productive

To timebox means to allocate a fixed amount of time to the tasks you want to get done. It helps you to stay focused, one thing at a time, and gives you the time pressure to complete within the “time box”. People using this method include Jared Spataro - the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft.

“Sometimes people ask why I bother with such a detailed level of planning. My answer is simple: it generates a massive amount of productivity. A 40-hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure.” – Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, is a big proponent of time blocking.

Time Management Tools to Discovering Your Team's Productivity Rhythm


TimeDoctor is made for starter teams who just get on the journey to time tracking. It is easy to set up and simple to use. The icing on the cake is that the app is relatively pretty affordable while still having all the core features you’ll need!

Time Doctor - Time Management Tool
TimeDoctor - For teams new to time management

Best for: Teams who are new to time management

Device: Desktop | Mobile (Android only)

Salient features:

  • Time tracking: Your team
  • Distraction Alerts: If the app detects excessive time on non-work related websites like YouTube or Facebook, it will send you a pop-up alert. 
  • Easy of use: According to a review on Capterra, “My boss was able to set it up by himself which was a good thing because he's not able to do that all the time.”


  • No free plan 
  • Only suitable for people whose work happens on their computers or phones all the time. For creative workers like designers or architects, who may draw on papers or brainstorm elsewhere, TimeDoctor measurements can be less accurate.

Pricing plan:

  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: All paid plans have a 14-day free trial, starting from $5.9 user/month


“[TimeDoctor] has great usability with many different cool options such as time-tracking, browsing history, breaks, and idle time reminders, etc.” - Irfan K.

“What I like best about Time Doctor is its easy use. The interface is intuitive and user-friendly, saving me much time and frustration. I also appreciate the detailed reports and insights it provides, which help me stay on track and improve my productivity.” - Mohamed Y. 

>> Click here audit your time and discover your team's productivity peak hours with Time Doctor


ActivTrak is the time management app to go when you want to identify not only the most productive people in your team but also the most effective processes and technology. Despite the ability to generate great insights, ActivTrak does not record keystroke activity, monitor emails, require camera access, etc., ensuring the privacy of over 550,000 users.

ActivTrak - Time Management Tool
ActivTrack - For a balanced between detailed time tracking and privacy

Best for: A balanced between detailed time tracking and privacy

Device: Desktop 

Salient features:

  • Highly accurate automatic time tracking: For ActivTrak to track how you spend your time, you need to download an agent to your computer. After that, everything is automatic! The agent is able to record all activities on both desktop and web apps.
  • Can feel less intrusive: If your company provides laptops for employees, you can install ActivTrak beforehand, and the employees will not know their activities are being tracked. Telling productive employees you’re tracking their time can be a bit demotivating, so you may want to choose this option. 


  • More expensive than other time management software


  • Free plan: Available for teams with up to three users
  • Paid plans: Start from $10 user/month


“We really enjoy the ability to view the "bigger picture". Sure, data collection is great - but what do you do with it? ActivTrak is ahead of the competition in that department. Their application does not just give you the data, it gives you actions based on the data.” - G2 user

“ActivTrak is a powerful tool for businesses. You can watch the efficiency of every employee. You have all the data in a simple web page with a lot of options and statistics for every user.” - Richard R. 


It’s old-fashioned management if we think about time management as solely making the most out of employees’ time, and Insightful gets that. Insightful is designed with the aim of creating sustainable productivity through supporting healthy work habits and fostering employees’ wellbeing. 

Insightful - Time Management Tool
Insightful - Sustainable productivity for employees' wellbeing

Best for: Sustainable productivity for employees’ wellbeing

Device: Desktop 

Salient features:

  • Productivity labeling: You choose which activities are productive and which are not.
  • Real-time visibility: See the apps and the tasks your people are working on at a glance.
  • Customized adaptations for specific needs of architect firms, design teams, and insurance companies.


  • No free plan
  • Features are a bit basic compared to other software in the same price range


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Pain plans: 7-day free trial available, starting from $6.40 user/month 


“As an admin, you can customize what you deem as productive, what is not productive, and what is neutral. We understand that there are tasks that are not going to be all on the computer, such as having a phone conversation. The ability for the employee to add manual time for supervisor approval is extremely helpful for those scenarios.” - Kevin K.

“Insightful excels at simplifying the process of time tracking for remote employees. The app provides a user-friendly interface that allows employees to log their work hours effortlessly.” - Hrunav R.


Claimed to be “the world's best AI-powered automatic time tracker”, Timely is helping 5,000 companies across 160 countries stay connected with their workforce through effective time and project management. Given their emphasis on privacy, Timely is the time management tool both employees and businesses can actually trust.

Timely - Time Management Tool
Timely - For simple AI-powered automatic time management 

Best for: Simple AI-powered automatic time management 

Device: Desktop | Mobile 

Salient features:

  • Memory AI: Say goodbye to categorizing messy time logs because Memory AI is born to do that for you. All you need to do is work, and at the end of the day, Timely will give you an AI draft, grouping your activities into the right projects.
  • Employees can always choose what to share: All tracked work activity stays completely private to each user, and they control what information to share. 
  • No learning curve!


  • No free plan
  • Limited customizations for specific needs


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: Starting from $9 user/month. All paid plans come with a 14-day free trial of the Unlimited version, which allows you to experience all the best of Timely.


“I started my own small company and needed to be able to track multiple work streams to provide hours to different clients. I looked for an easy to use program that was customizable but very thorough in its ability to track projects, hours, emails, web searching, PDFs, and many other tasks. Timely has been a great product and highly recommend.” - Dee M.

“The best thing about Timely is that it lets you focus on your work first, time capture second. Timely allows you to just get on with things and perhaps at the end of the week, you just approve the timesheet pre-filled for you.” - Rick R.


Hubstaff has a superior edge over other tools as it is designed specifically for remote teams. As a result, you can expect more features that help build social connection and alignment. At the moment, Hubstaff has an impressive number of more than 500,000 monthly active users. 

Hubstaff - Time Management Tool
Hubstaff - For the specific needs of remote teams

Best for: Satisfying the specific needs of remote teams

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Chrome extension

Salient features:

  • Productivity badge: Understanding the lack of social interactions when working from home, the app includes Achievement Badges to boost engagement and morale among remote workers. 
  • Highly customizable dashboard: Remote teams are often also agile teams, so Hubstaff provides the highest flexibility possible. 


  • Include mouse and keyboard monitoring: Some people may feel intimidated by this feature. Besides, it may encourage presentism as clicking and typing are easy to cheat.


  • Free plan: Available for one user with access to: Time tracking; Timesheets; Activity levels; Limited screenshots, reports, and payments
  • Paid plans: Starting from $5.83 user/month. A 14-day free trial is available, and a 30-day money-back guarantee is offered.


“As a digital team, we've been using Hubstaff for time tracking and payroll management for all remote employees. It is a very comprehensive tool that allows adding multiple projects and tracking an employee's time on each project.” - Yulia L.

“I enjoy being able to benchmark specific tasks across my team to see how much time it takes to complete a specific task in order to coach employees that work slowly or have lower activity levels.” - Mark M.

Time Management Tools to Manage Team Projects and Collaborate with External Stakeholders

If you want to incorporate time tracking into your workflow with your team’s freelancers or contractors, below are the apps to try out. They allow you to know how much billable time your contract workers spent on a given job and calculate payroll accordingly.

Toggl Track

While many opt for automatic time tracking, Toggl Track takes a different approach. Toggl Track believes in autonomy of people at work, and that time management can be somewhere between automatically capturing every activity on the laptop and painful manual timesheets. 

And the result? Effortless manual time tracking in more than 100+ connected apps! Wherever you work, just click start and go. With five million users across 120 countries, you can tell that it works. 

Toggl Track - Time Management Tool
Toggl Track - For seamless manual time tracking

Best for: Seamless manual time tracking

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Web 

Salient features:

  • Intuitive design: Toggl Track is extremely easy to use. Plus, given its aesthetically pleasant design, many creative teams have fallen in love with this app. 
  • Integrations: With more than 100+ apps


  • The most obvious downside of manual time tracking is sometimes you will forget to turn it off when you finish work or switch to another project, and you will need to go back to edit the time log later.

Pricing: All plans come with a free, 30-day trial of our Premium features.

  • Free: $0 for up to five users. Suitable for freelancers. Mostly time tracking.
  • Starter: $9 user/month. For small teams. Time tracking, Reporting, and Project Management.
  • Premium: $18 user/month. Best for Team management. 


“It was our first time implementing a time management software and we literally had it up and running in less than one day. It's been very easy to implement into our workflows and the data has also been very insightful.” - Terry S.

“I love how this platform allows me to effectively track time spent on different tasks and projects. In addition, Toggl Track's integration with other popular tools, such as Asana and Trello, streamlines my workflow and saves time on my daily tasks.” - Eileen J.


We know it’s hard to find a product that is high quality and affordable, but TimeCamp makes it possible. With TimeCamp’s free plan, you can add an unlimited number of users and projects! If you want to improve your team’s productivity and profitability at no cost, you know which one to choose.

Timecamp - Time Management Tool
TimeCamp - For teams with limited budget

Best for: Teams with limited budget

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Chrome Plugin

Salient features:

  • Automatic time tracking
  • Bulk edit: You will be able to edit many time entries at a time, which will save you even more time!
  • Reporting: You will already receive pretty comprehensive reports in the free version. 


  • Can be more intuitive: Some users have mentioned that TimeCamp’s user interface and reports can be designed in a more intuitive way. 


  • Free plan: Available for unlimited users and projects! You will have access to time clock, geofencing, and all versions of the app on browser, desktop, and mobile.
  • Paid plans: Starting from $2.99 user/month


“The reporting function is excellent on the free version. I know exactly how much time I spend on projects and am tracking my time effectively. Timecamp is an excellent software if you are a freelancer. If you think you are tracking correctly with pen and paper, you're not and this will make a world of difference.” - Bianca B. 

“I use TimeCamp with Trello and it helps tremendously to keep my project on time and under budget. Seeing how long tasks are taking allows constant evaluation and improvement.” - Valerian B.


You know a company takes their time management seriously when they only work four days a week. That is the case with Scoro - the tool that will not only help you optimize your team’s productivity but also your whole working process. Scoro has won several awards and is trusted by reputable companies like TBWA, Newton, and Mediacom.

Scoro - Time Management Tool
Scoro - For optimizing your entire quote-to-cash process

Best for: Optimizing your entire quote-to-cash process

Device: Web | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Integrations: With more than 1000 connected apps, you can literally track your time anywhere.
  • Highly customizable billing feature: You can automate regular billing, make billing forecasts, and bill partially.
  • Automated time tracking


  • High price: Because Scoro’s features are beyond time management and more about work management in general, the price is quite high compared to other time management tools.


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: Starting from $26 user/month (minimum 5 users). You can get started for free with their 14-day trial. 


“Automated task tracking facilitates the ability to monitor, prioritize and assign tasks to the right personnel. The time tracking feature also allows for precise tracking of working hours, thereby preventing any unnecessary loss of time.” - Elorie W.

“The most helpful feature is the task management, with the possibility to easily organize your planner with time entries.” - Alberto B.


Paymo has a long history of helping more than 100,000 small businesses and freelancers make the most out of their resources. Simple as it is, Paymo includes all core features small businesses, remote teams and freelancers need. In Paymo, you can track a project from creation to pay. 

Paymo - Time Management Tool
Paymo - For small businesses and freelancers

Best for: Small businesses and freelancers

Device: Desktop | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Automatic time tracking
  • Well-developed mobile app: While for many other time management tools, their mobile version may be merely a bit more than a timer, Paymo takes their mobile app to another level. In the app, you can log time (of course), see who’s working (wow), create and edit invoices (impressive), and more. 
  • Various ways to log time: auto tracking, manual timesheets, bulk edits (without the need to connect billable hours to a time frame), etc.


  • Not tracking down to the minutes: In Paymo, each time block is at least 15 minutes, so you may find it inconvenient when you want to track just five or ten minutes of work. 
  • More suitable for small teams than big corporates


  • Free plan: For one user only, including unlimited time tracking and invoices.
  • Paid plans: Starting from $4.95 user/month for one user or $9.95 user/month for small teams. All plans have a 15-day free trial. 


“I love that I can easily run a timer for a specific project and client right from the mobile app and manually adjust the logged times as needed. I also like that there are various options for adding time in addition to using the timer. For example, you can make a manual timesheet entry, or enter time 'in bulk' (without tying it to a specific timeframe).” - Capterra Reviewer

“The time tracking feature in Paymo is highly accurate as compared to other competitors. It provides users with an accurate record of how much time they have spent on each task and project.” - Rahul J.


If the work of your team is very flexible and time tracking on desktop may not make sense, you can give Avaza a try. This is true for teams of consultants, designers, architects, lawyers, tradesmen, etc. Avaza has been tried and tested by more than 60,000 businesses from 150 countries.

Avaza - Time Management Tool
Avaza - For time tracking on mobile devices

Best for: Time tracking on mobile devices

Device: Web | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Highly customizable projects: Perfect for when you need to manage various rates for multiple clients, assign different roles for team members in different projects, and more.
  • Powerful timesheet approval: You can assign different timesheet approver for each person in the team, approve in bulk, and lock approved timesheets.


  • No desktop app: Avaza is optimized for the web, iOS and Android so if you’re a fan of desktop apps, you may not prefer this.
  • Manual time tracking


  • Free plan: Avaza has a generous free plan for one admin user, four more team members, and 10 clients.
  • Paid plans: Starting from $11.95/month for two admin users.


“I spent hours trying to find the best time tracking and project management tool for our small consulting firm. There were no other services that met our needs except Avaza, and for the price, it was a win-win! We have so many different clients and projects we work on, and we need to really customize price rates, team member roles, project rates, invoices, etc. - Avaza lets us customize all of this.” - Maria S.

“We have almost all of our data in one place. Hours logging, project tracking, invoicing. This saves time having to track it in different ways.” - Kimberly M.

All-in-one Time Management Tools and Timesheet Solutions for Your Business

Need more advanced time management solutions? This section is for you!

Buddy Punch

If you need your team members to be at a specific place or dress a specific way during their working hours (maybe in the case of a consultant company), Buddy Punch can help you ensure work guidelines are being followed.

Buddy Punch - Time Management Tool
Buddy Punch - For reliable attendance, time off and overtime

Best for: Reliable attendance, time off and overtime

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Web

Salient features:

  • Facial recognition: Automatically take a photo from employees’ laptops or phones when they punch in. All features can be turned on or off, depending on your preferences.
  • GPS location: You can view the locations of your team members in real-time.


  • Purely a time clock software: As Buddy Punch rather deepens its features in time tracking than widens its scope to project or payroll management, you will need to perform such tasks through their integrations.
  • No automatic time capture


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: Starting from $2.99 user/month + $19 base fee/month with 14-day free trial.


“Buddy Punch has made it easy for our practice since we expanded and now have staff in remote locations. It's user-friendly and makes the managers' jobs easy when it comes to approving timecards! Payroll report is easy and it works with SurePayroll, which is out payroll company.” - Anne T.

“Buddy Punch has been a super efficient business solution for our office. It is very user friendly. The integration with Quickbooks has streamlined our payroll which has been a huge plus.” - Tara L.

>> Automate employees timesheet with Buddy Punch


We understand that not all team members will feel particularly excited about the presence of a time tracking tool, and DeskTime can help make this onboarding process less awkward. Designed to maximize business resources and protect employees’ work-life balance at the same time, DeskTime believes that time-tracking should be mutually beneficial! 

DeskTime - Time Management Tool
DeskTime - For easy onboarding with the team

Best for: Easy onboarding with the team

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Web

Salient features:

  • Automatic time tracking
  • Private time: Allow your team members to turn off time tracking when they need to do non-related activities.
  • Blurred screenshots: Many time management apps take screenshots of team members’ laptops from time to time to put in their reports, but DeskTime also offers a blurred screenshot option to respect privacy.
  • Document title tracking: Know exactly how much time has been spent on a certain document.


  • No payroll management: You cannot set up payment for your team directly in DeskTime.


  • Free plan: DeskTime Lite for one user, including automatic time tracking, URL and app tracking, integrated web timer and mobile app.
  • Paid plans: Starting from $6.42 user/month with a 14-day free trial.

Tool rating:

“Desktime is very useful in our line of work(remote employees). It helps track of times that makes billing automated without having to submit a timesheet and such. The ability to schedule leaves are very useful as well. I also like how you can take screenshots that are blurred to maintain privacy.” - Trinayan C.

“Overall, this app is good for each kind of organization because of its flexible nature. The organization can add or remove its features as per their requirement. As per my personal experience, it has increased my company employee productivity.” - Vivek B.


ClickTime is designed for teams whose work is divided into projects. Its time and expense tracking features are project-based, which helps increase your visibility into how each project is performing. ClickTime has been in business for more than 20 years and are chosen by American Express, Ketchum, among many others.

ClickTime - Time Management Tool
ClickTime - For frictionless time tracking for project-driven teams

Best for: Frictionless time tracking for project-driven teams

Device: Desktop | Mobile

Salient features:

  • Project management: ClickTime will remind you to take a more holistic approach when delivering projects with resource, cost, capacity, and revenue planning features. Once everything is in place, you know exactly how much working time you can expect from each person on the team.
  • Reports: The app provides advanced reports with more than 70 prebuilt templates.


  • No automatic time tracking
  • No payroll management


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: Starting from $10 user/month. All plans include a 14-day trial with “incredible support” to help you get familiar with the tool.


“ClickTime is one of the best time-tracking platforms I have ever used. It provides a project-based time-tracking system that helps define the number of hours we work on each project. We can choose daily or weekly time entry options, and notes can be added to each time entry.” - Rakesh R.

“It includes goal tracking, which helps you stay on track with objectives. It also offers collaboration features, which can be particularly beneficial for team projects. These features allow multiple users to access and assign tasks, and communicate with one another, which can help streamline communication and keep everyone on the same page.” - Naveen P.


Deputy is designed for time management in industries that require lots of shift workers, such as hospitality, retail, event, healthcare, construction, teaching, childcare, security, etc. If you’re in one of these sectors, you’ll know that effectively scheduling team members and arranging last-minute changes can easily take up hours. Let’s Deputy save the day!

Deputy - Time Management Tool
Deputy - For companies with many frontline employees

Best for: Companies with many frontline employees

Device: Desktop | Mobile | Time clock app (turn any device into a secure employee time clock)

Salient features:

  • Demand forecasting: Predict based on your sales figures and allocate the optimal number of staff for each shift.
  • Shift replacements & swapping: When someone in the team needs to cancel their shift at the last minute, easily find a replacement with one tap. You can also let your team swap the shifts themselves.
  • Integrations: Connected with 300+ leading POS and payroll providers.


  • Mobile app needs improvement: Users who are managers have shared that they wish there could be more timesheet approval functions in the mobile apps so that they can work with more flexibility.


  • Free plan: Not offered, but the free trial is as long as 31 days!
  • Paid plans: Starting from $3.50 user/month with one month free trial.


“I've used the software for over a year now and it makes my day to day life as an independent contractor a breeze. I can grab shifts posted by the managers shortly after they're published and can offer them up or swap them easily. I can request for leave, take a break during the scheduled shift and also view how many hours in total I have for the day, week, month in the schedule section.” - Shari G.

“Because it is hosted on the cloud, managers can use it from any location with an internet connection. Provides access to shift scheduling, staff attendance and punctuality records, and time off analysis reports for management.” - Lillian G.


Replicon has the impressive ability to scale up to one million users. This makes the app suitable for large corporations or startups who plan to scale. Replicon’s clients include some of the world’s most prominent companies like Facebook, EY, Expedia, Nielsen, DXC Technology, and more.

Replicon - Time Management Tool
Replicon - For companies that are or plan to be extra large

Best for: Companies that are or plan to be extra large

Device: Desktop | Mobile

Salient features:

  • AI-powered ZeroTime: Replicon claims to have the first AI-powered automatic time tracking system that will help you fill out timesheets with high accuracy.
  • The most comprehensive app: Including all core features of the other tools.


  • Not as visually attractive interface: Replicon focuses more on its functionality than its attractiveness, so if you want a time tracking app that feels fun and exciting, you may not prefer this one.


  • Free plan: Not offered
  • Paid plans: Starting from $12 user/month (minimum 5 users). Replicon has a complex pricing scheme, so you may want to contact them directly to get the most accurate quote.


“They were able to customize the system so it worked for us. We have a unique model and needed to be able to track employee time and time off for multiple types of workers as well as getting client approvals.” - Jen C.

“We've been with Replicon for several years and it's still the best value for a SAS timekeeping system out there. The service response has always been almost immediate. This is great for remote employees” - Robert B.


Harvest is proud to be a time tracking app that does more than time tracking alone. Its analysis will help you understand why some projects are more profitable than others, as well as the suitable time to take on more projects and grow your team. Used by 70,000+ companies, Harvest is definitely worth a try!

Harvest - Time Management Tool
Harvest - For improving profitability

Best for: Improving profitability 

Device: Desktop | Mobile

Salient features:

  • In-depth reports and analysis: Do more with your data, gain valuable insights, and increase margins. 
  • Time tracking reminder: Although the app doesn’t offer automatic time tracking, it does send a reminder from time to time to make sure you are logging time consistently.


  • No automatic time tracking
  • Limited integrations


  • Free plan: Available for one user and two projects.
  • Paid plans: Starting from $10.80 user/month with a 30-day free trial!


“Harvest is just really really really easy to use. Setting it up is fast and painless, administering jobs is easy, filling out timesheets is easy.” - Brock B.

“One of the things I liked most about Harvest software was its comprehensive time tracking and invoicing features. The software provided a user-friendly interface that made it easy to log hours and track time spent on different projects. The ability to assign specific tasks and set project budgets helped in managing and allocating resources efficiently.” - Marek T.

Which is the Time Management Tool You Need?

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed right now because you don’t know which time management tool is right for you among thousands of options, here are some questions you can consider:

  1. Are you looking for a tool just for yourself or for the whole team?
    - If it’s just for yourself, check out the tool listed in the first section of this blog.
    - If it’s for your team, all the other tools are suitable. 
  2. Do you have any prior experience with time management tools?
    - If you’re completely new to this, we recommend Clockify and Clockwise for personal use and TimeDoctor and Toggl Track for teams.
    - If you’re already a semi-expert in time tracking tools, you can check out the ones with more advanced features like RescueTime and MyHours (for individual use) or ActivTrak and Scoro (for teams).
  3. What are your main objectives when using a time management tool?
    - For personal use: for simple time tracking (Clockify), to enhance focus (Clockwise, RescueTime, Llama Life, Bento), biling to clients (MyHours).
    - For team use: to plan and schedule your team’s capacity (Deputy), to improve profitability (Harvest), to improve productivity (TimeDoctor, ActivTrak, Insightful, Timely, Hubstaff), invoicing (Toggl Track, TimeCamp, Scoro, Paymo, Avaza), to know where your team is working from and what they are working on at anytime (DeskTime, Buddy Punch).
  4. How much budget do you have?
    - Cheapest personal time management apps: Clockify, Clockwise, Llama Life.
    - Cheapest time management tools for teams: TimeCamp, Toggl Track, Avaza.

How to Empower Your Team to Use A Time Management Tool

Finding the right time management tool is hard, but convincing your team to happily adopt the new tool can be (and usually is) even harder. The first thoughts many people have when it comes to time tracking apps are that they are being “spied on”, and that their managers don’t trust or want to micromanage them. Some managers do really have those intentions, though, but we know you don’t. So here are some tips to help you talk “the talk”:

  1. Make the purpose clear

Explain why a time management tool is necessary and how it can benefit everyone. Before launching it for your team, give them some context about time management, how to become more aware of time, and be more productive in your team meetings or 1:1s. Make sure they know it's not about micromanagement but empowering them to work smarter.

  1. Start small

Choose a tool that does what you need without making more work for your team. It's worth having hands-on training on how to use the time management tool effectively. To get familiar with something new like this, avoid using technical jargon and keep the training easy to follow.

  1. Encourage autonomy 

Let your team take control of their own time management. Encourage them to set goals, prioritize tasks, and find the best ways to use the tool to increase their productivity. Remind them that it is not about spying on their every move but helping them optimize their time and resources.

  1. Walk the talk

Be an example for your team by using the tool yourself. Share stories of how it's helped you be more productive and organized. When your team sees that you use the tool too, they're more likely to follow suit.

Wrapping it Up

In the end, it’s important to keep in mind that no time management tools will work without the right approach. Excessive activity surveillance at work may lead your team to feel the pressure to prove that they are always online and active. In fact, digital presentism is costing employees 67 minutes every day.

Instead, talk to your team about the benefits of time management. Let them know that time tracking should be mutually beneficial for both the managers and their people. With more visibility into the team’s work, you will be able to assist your team members more timely when they hit a blocker or remind them to take care of their well-being when they overwork. In this sense, we believe your team will embrace the roll-out of a new time management tool.

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