Time Tracking with Fresh Books – New Year Review Edition

January 1, 2008

What have you accomplished in 2008?  I know, the New Year is only a dozen hours old but the clock is ticking on your 2008 goals!  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could finish the day already having made some progress towards one of your new year’s resolutions?

One of my major resolutions that I MUST achieve in order to reach my self employment goal is to do better managing my time.  I setup a Fresh Books account early in 2007 for time tracking but sadly neglected it after the first few weeks.  I already have my existing projects setup in the account and I’ll add all my new ones this afternoon.  It really is a cool tool for time tracking and invoicing, it gives me everything I need now and has many more features I can take advantage of as my small business grows over time. 

Fresh Books makes it easy to track your time which is great, the easier it is, the more likely I am to do it! Every time I sit down to the computer I will start the timer in my account and assign the time to a specific project that I’ve defined.  I’ll review the time reports every two weeks to see exactly where my time is being spent and adjust accordingly. I’m not going to focus on any other goals for the year until I have time management/project prioritization under control. 

Of course, I’m not the only one looking back on last year and looking forward to 2008.  Check out the articles below that cover the best of 2007 and things to look for in 2008.

Twelve Posts of Review – May 2007 April 2007 @ Lazy Man & Money

The Exciting Financial Year That Was At The Digerati Life @ The Digerati Life

2007 Year End Reviews (I): Financial Moves @ Suns Financial Diary

The Best of Generation X Finance From 2007 @ Generation X Finance

Setting Financial Goals for 2008 @ Five Cent Nickel

Thanks for 2007 and goals for 2008 @ Mighty Bargain Hunter

15 Resolutions And Goals For 2008 @ No Credit Needed

Don’t Make Resolutions — Set Goals for 2008 @ Get Rich Slowly

The Simple Dollar: Best of 2007 @ The Simple Dollar

Not everyone was pontificating about the past and future. Money, Matter, & More bought a new Honda Civic, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity gives us the The Fundamentals of Frugality, and Free Money Finance offers Three Simple Steps to Financial Security

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration and I wish you great things in 2008!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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