Today, I am delighted to announce that Timelines is launching on the App Store! It’s a tool for tracking and visualizing time. Its development has been a long road with lots of bumps along the way. I poured my heart into it. That’s why it’s exciting to achieve this milestone of finally shipping version 1.0.
Why another time tracking app?
Timelines is a time tracking app. There are tons of time tracking apps both in the App Store and on the web, so why another one? But let’s start with a different question: why track time in the first place? Different people have different motivations. Most of time tracking happens for billable hours, but I was more interested in finding out how I spend my time and how can I become better at it. I wrote an article about that:
When I was researching time tracking apps, they were all focusing too much on time tracking itself and too little on displaying the tracked data in any meaningful way. What’s the point of tracking time when I can’t get any meaningful insights out of it?
When I got an idea for an app that would feature an interactive timeline, it all somehow suddenly made sense. At that moment I realized I have to build this thing, no matter what.
It was this perfect blend of building:
- Something that has a bigger cause – to help people lead more balanced and fulfilled lives.
- Something that I am passionate about, both from technical viewpoint and usage viewpoint.
- Something that I’ll use myself every day.
- Something around topic that I deeply care about, which is self-improvement.
- Something that is unique and different enough from the competition so it does have a chance in the extremely crowded App Store.
What does it do?
Timelines is a tool for tracking and visualizing time. The main goal is to provide meaningful insights into your time, which can be used to improve time management in the future. Here are a few points that describe main functionality of Timelines:
1) First, you define what you want to track.
2) You track time along the way. You can use the iPhone app, Today widget or Apple Watch app to do so. It’s also possible to set name for tracked events which will show up on the timeline.
3) Tracked time is showing up on the timeline, along with the event names from previous step. Any event can be edited just by tapping on it.
4) Whenever you want to see how you are doing, you can enable Statistics mode. It provides interactive window into your time. You can scroll and zoom with the timeline to change interval.
To reiterate, here are the most notable features of Timelines:
- Super simple time tracking
- Fully interactive timeline
- Actionable statistics
- Exporting to PDF and CSV files
- Add names and notes to events
- Track time with Apple Watch
- Crafted with loving care
Timelines is available on the App Store today, for an introductory $4.99 (40% off the final price for just a few days). You can download it here.
If you have an idea how to make it better, some question about it or just general feedback, I want to hear from you! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer as soon as I can. Version 1.0 is just the beginning, there are big plans for Timelines for the future and I can’t wait to keep improving it, together with the help from you!