Tracking Time

Using Timers


Use the timer function to track your time—in real time—toward specific clients or projects. A timer is like a stopwatch: you can start, stop, and re-start time throughout your day. When you’re done using a timer, BigTime can transfer your clocked time to your timesheet. It's an alternative to manually entering time into your timesheet

In this article, we’ll explain how to access timers. We’ll also explain how to keep track of total time with timers and how to configure timers for remote staff in different time zones.


Think of timers like a stopwatch—tracking your time minute-by-minute, second-by-second.

Keep track of total work time. You can start and pause a timer as often as you need, and your timer will show the total amount of time clocked. For example, if you do 30 minutes of work for project ABC studios in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon, the timer will show one hour of total work—not two, 30 minute increments.

Track work-in-progress easily with a timer. This is helpful when an unexpected meeting or phone call comes up. Start a timer, then fill in the details later.

Switch between timers easily. Set up several timers and switch among them during your day. For example, pause a timer for ABC Studios while you take a call from John at MMM Media. Then, re-start your ABC Studios timer once your call ends.

Access Timers

There are two ways to access the timer feature in BigTime.

One way is to click on the clock icon located on your navigation bar.

The second way is to click Workflow...Task Dashboard to get to your task dashboard. Then, click on the clock icon next to a task to start a timer.

Not sure how to start a timer? Click here to learn about creating timers.

Keep Track of Total Time

Timers keep track of the total amount of time worked on each project. Plus, you don't have to be logged into BigTime to keep a timer running. You can start a timer, turn off your computer or your tablet and come back an hour or two later—your timer will still be running.

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Further Reading

Need more details? Once you understand the basics, the articles below will take you a little deeper.