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[Mac OS X] Track time spent and productivity with Harvest

mzl.mfqlvakw.800x500-75 [1]There are two main reasons to track how you spend your time: because you want to boost your own personal productivity, or because you have to do invoices/payroll. Whether you’re a solo user, or own a small business, one tool that can be really helpful in managing and monitoring your time is Harvest.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Harvest is a robust, yet lightweight, tool for time management. You can use this app to construct timesheets, see how you or your employees are breaking up their day, or just time your workflow for productivity purposes.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

mzl.rguwqruj.800x500-75 [2]While Harvest is free to download, it’s only free up to a point. Under the Free umbrella, you are allowed one user, 2 projects, and 4 clients. You can’t upload a company logo, nor can you integrate with QuickBooks. You can, however, send as many invoices as you please.

If you need more power, Harvest’s monthly plans cost $12, $49, or $99, depending on the size of your team. If you need to cover more than 10 users, there’s a $10 a month charge for additional employee on top of your base monthly rate.

One of the better features of this app is the idle time tracker. Harvest for Mac automatically detects when your computer has been idle (after 10 minutes of inactivity.) You can go back in later and remove the idle time (for breaks, lunches, meetings, etc), to make sure your time sheet is an accurate reflection of your day.

It’s rare to see an app that has this blend of lightweight features and robust, powerful tools. You can simply run this app in the background from your menu bar as a time tracker, or turn it into the hub of your payroll and invoicing needs. It’s elegant, but also brawny when it needs to be.

Conclusion and download link

Harvest is lightweight, simple to use, and able to be rapidly scaled up as your company grows. While it’s good for a company, it’s also good for freelancers or independent contractors, or just someone who wants to better monitor how they’re breaking up their usable time during the course of an average workday.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0.6

Supported OS: OS X 10.6.6 or later

Download size: 0.5 MB

Harvest on Mac App Store [3]