Tech Tip: Track time spent on projects with Yast
Update: May 5, 2019 – Yast has been discontinued as at May 1, 2019.
Freelancers who charge a billable rate need to record hours of work spent on particular projects. This can be difficult with distractions and interruptions that result in inaccurate estimations of the actual time spent on the project. YYast is a time tracker that aims to eliminate this problem.
Yast allows you to create projects and start and stop the timer as needed. The time spent on the project begins recording when you press the start button and is stopped when you press the stop button. A timeline is also used to display the current time and time spent on different projects (which are colour coded).
Yast comes in 3 versions – personal, business and enterprise editions. The personal edition is free but offers limited features. Though you can track billable hours, you cannot add your billable rates in the personal edition nor can you get full reports. The business and enterprise versions add these features with the business version costing $14 USD per user month.. Full pricing and feature differences can be found on the Yast Pricing page.
Even with it’s limitations the personal version of Yast is a great way of keeping track of time spent on projects. The ability to quickly start and stop the timer allows you to be more accurate and being able to edit times via the timeline ensures that you can make changes to correct any errors. There are also mobile versions of this app available for iPhone and Android.