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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Wanted: Good Windows Time Tracking Application

In my continual process to work more efficiently, I’m looking for a time tracker application. I do a lot of reactive multitasking, so it’s difficult for me to easily record what I’m doing and how long it takes.

I frequently find myself in the middle of one task and then wind up solving two other problems before I get back to what I was trying to do. I tried keeping a manual log, but I never remember to update it in real time, so I’m forces to guestimate durations.

So, I decided to see if technology can solve my problems. I did a Google search for “time tracker windows”, but there’s lots of links. It’s too hard to tell what’s good and what’s not.

The only real requirement is that it runs under Windows XP (or I guess a Web-based application would be okay, but I’m skeptical). I want to be able to scribble down new “tasks” quickly. Ideally, I’d be able to pop off tasks when they’re done and resume the previous task. I think of my job list as a stack, so I want to be able to push and pop, but that’s not a deal breaker.

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