Three Free Tools to Help You Keep Track of Time
Have you ever found yourself turning up to an online meeting at the wrong time because you didn’t enter the time zone right? How about losing track of time on a job you’re doing so you don’t know how to bill? These days, many of us are working with colleagues across the globe and keeping track of time is even more crucial. Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorite free tools for keeping track of time.
Every Time Zone
Every Time Zone is the simplest time zone tool I’ve ever come across and it’s got a nice interface too. The site’s motto is ‘never warp your brain with time zone math again’ and it certainly delivers on this promise. Visit the site and it automatically detects the time zone you are in. The left side of the page has a number of major cities (from San Francisco to Auckland). The page itself is divided into three zones showing the previous day’s date, today’s date and tomorrow’s date. Your current date appears in green and all the rest around the world in blue and there’s a dark purple box above a vertical line that shows your current time. On top of that is a green box which also shows your time. This one is draggable, so you can move it to the time you want to see and the appropriate boxes light up. The screenshot below shows how this works.
Time Zone Converter
Sometimes you want to know the difference between the time in one place and time in another. If you don’t like Every Time Zone, then the Time Zone Converter might be the tool for you. It’s a simple online form, which you can use to convert from any past, present or future date, time and time zone to any other. It’s probably easier to use this than Every Time Zone if you’re trying to plan future meetings, because you’d have to do a lot of dragging to plan a meeting for next year with the former.
Online Stopwatch is my favorite tool for quickly tracking time on a job. If I’m sitting at my computer, I just open the page in a new tab, hit start, pause if I have to break and hit stop when I’m done. Then all I have to do is add it to my log and I’m done. I’ve used many other time trackers – and have a couple on my desktop – but for tracking time on the move, this works well.
Here’s one final tip. If you just want to quickly know what time it is in a particular country or you need to convert between time zones, just type your query into a Google search box and you will get the answer. What tools do you use?