Where does the time go?

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WatchMe is a feature-rich timer program that can be used to track time for a number of different tasks or events together or independently of one another. You can create any number of timers, give each one a name and record additional notes and information about what you are timing – a great solution for those who need to track their time for hourly billing, timesheets and more.

Download the latest version (v 2.4.1) – Released December 10, 2014
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To install, simply unzip the file and copy the executable onto your PC and run it. To upgrade your old version, simply overwrite your old EXE file with this latest version.

Click here to view the latest change log to see what new features are included in this version.

Features Include

  • Timers to track elapsed time (like a stopwatch) and countdowns (3…2…1…blastoff!)
  • Create as many timers and countdowns as you need. Have lots of things to track? Group your timers and countdowns into multiple tabs.
  • Ability to manage multiple timers at once
  • Group timers into multiple tabs for easier management
  • Give each timer a unique name
  • Display time in a number of formats including fractions of an hour, hours/minutes/seconds, minutes, $/hour and more
  • Store notes and comments on each timer
  • Quickly copy and paste time into other time tracking programs and billing programs
  • Easily adjust the time displayed on timer (in case you forgot to start it)
  • View total time for a grouping of timers
  • View total time accumulated across all of your timers
  • “Focus Light” that, when set to your working patterns, will help keep you focused while you work
  • Timer alerts that can notify you after a set period of time has elapsed
  • Flag your timers with different colours to help organize your tasks
  • Export timers and tabs to XML or CSV
  • Copy multiple timers to the clipboard in a variety of formats for pasting into invoices, emails, time sheets, work logs, etc.
  • API that allows integration with other applications
  • No install program – just copy the executable and run
  • And much more…

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 Have multiple timers and countdowns running at the same time. You can also set it so only one timer can be operational at a time – a great way to quickly keep only a single timer running while hopping between tasks.

Timers and countdowns can display their time in a variety of formats including fractions of an hour – handy if you have enter fractions of an hour into your timesheets or billing programs.
Track as many timers and countdowns as you need (grouped into multiple tabs), and add notes to each in order to keep track of work you are doing.
Use the “Focus Light” to help you avoid distractions and keep you focused on the work you are doing.

44 Comments

  1. March 4, 2015    

    I use this app to track timers in an online game I play called Archeage. This works great and I have introduced many fellow gamer friends to it! :D

  2. Gaurang Thakkar's Gravatar Gaurang Thakkar
    January 13, 2015    

    This is great. I am using it for last 1 year. Could you please add a promodor feature in it. if I enable it. It will prompt me to take break after 25 min. (time can be set in feature. Default will be 25 Min.) Thanks

    • January 14, 2015    

      Hi – funny you should ask. I’m currently working on a way to intergate the Pomodoro technique into WatchMe. Right now I’m adding a way to have a countdown timer start another. So for the pomodoro technique, you could create a series of countdown timers that when chained together could give you a 25m work – 5 min break cycle (or whatever duration and frequency you would like). I don’t have a release date for the new version yet – but I’m hoping it will be within the next month.

  3. December 15, 2014    

    I would still like to have the ability to miniaturize the timer to just show the time that is running…. I often forget to turn on or turn off watchme and if just the elapsed time was visible on the desktop, it would be very helpful. Even better would be if the running time could be shown in the taskbar.

    I would be willing to pay for this feature.

  4. Ben's Gravatar Ben
    December 12, 2014    

    One thing you could do is start a new timer for each lap by pressing Alt-T.

  5. Ben's Gravatar Ben
    December 12, 2014    

    Great update on 12/10! I had just been thinking a few days ago that it was hard to tell when notes were on timers. And stopping timers on suspend is going to be really helpful. No more subtracting 14 hours when I get back on my comp in the morning. Haha.

  6. abdullah's Gravatar abdullah
    November 20, 2014    

    very good application. Alarm sound (Beep) is very short it must play long time as soon as we close it. there can be a silent button,

  7. shishir's Gravatar shishir
    September 30, 2014    

    hi this app is gr8 i hav asuggestion adding lap counter to it which responds to start and stop button to count 1 lap and another start and stop button for another lap will make app more versatile and more useful to more user
    definetly help me think bout it

  8. dob mc's Gravatar dob mc
    September 8, 2014    

    отличная программа для антикафе

  9. Thomas's Gravatar Thomas
    March 25, 2014    

    Very nice tool but is should show you the notice if the countdown has finished ( Auto Popup ). Like hey i am done, here is your Job / To Do List etc . Why dont you install some feature like this .Good for all Gamers.

  10. viery365's Gravatar viery365
    December 20, 2013    

    Thank you! This app is changing my life!!

  11. ahncho's Gravatar ahncho
    July 16, 2013    

    Really good made! Is it possible also for Mac? It could be nice…

    • July 16, 2013    

      Not currently – it is a Windows only app.

  12. Lee Gabel's Gravatar Lee Gabel
    April 25, 2013    

    Love the app! This has really helped me to keep track of how long I spend on what tasks throughout the day. I have ADHD and a poor sense of the passage of time so this really helps, (as long as I remember to start the timer :-) The no activity timer helps a lot with that.) One thing that I could use is the ability to recreate a new tab with a set of default timers or duplicate an existing tab. I need to track my time each day, usually with many of the same timers. I create a new tab each day but since it starts out blank I need to rely on an AutoHotkey script to re-enter my standard timers each day. It would be easier if I could just pick an option to duplicate an existing tab. Thanks for all your work on this excellent project!

  13. Andrew Stockham's Gravatar Andrew Stockham
    April 8, 2013    

    Can I get this for WindowsPhone?

    • April 9, 2013    

      Hi

      At this time I have no plans to release a Windows Phone version. I would never say never, it just isn’t in the cards right now. Sorry.

  14. Alan's Gravatar Alan
    November 26, 2012    

    Fantastic app, no frills but all you need to fill in your timesheet.
    easy to use. thanks flamebrain.

    • December 5, 2012    

      When filling in your timesheet, don’t forget that you can click on the time display to copy it to the clipboard. Then it’s really quick to paste the time into another time tracking app or billing system.

  15. Anto73's Gravatar Anto73
    November 14, 2012    

    Hi,
    Love the app, only issue seems to be that it runs at about half speed. Have tested this on multiple PCs but all have the same issue. Bit surprised by this as I would assume that keeping time would be a failry basic & easy function to do, the PC clock can keep time :)
    Currently running v2.2.0.12
    Would love to be able to utilise your app (and make a donation) but don’t really feel we can due to the timing issues. I had tried to locate an earlier version as I have seen a number of posts about this issue that advise that older versions are OK.
    Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • November 21, 2012    

      I have only ever had one other person report an issue with the application “losing” time and in that case it turned out they had a virus on their machine. Once that was fixed the timing problem went away. Could you provide me with more details on your situation (OS version, info on the PC itself, copy of the WatchMe config files,etc)? Please email me directly at support (at) flamebrain (dot) com.

      The application itself makes use of the low level timers in the OS so I don’t know exactly why the problem would be occurring. I have been running the application every day for many years without an issue. It’s very weird that you would be having this problem – hopefully we can figure out why.

  16. September 10, 2012    

    Useful app. The only concern I have is that it can also be misused by managers who place more emphasis on reporting and monitoring than helping productivity in other ways.

    • November 21, 2012    

      Absolutely agree. As a manager myself, I only have my staff track time against tasks where we want to be calculating profitability or for generating productivity metrics. I never like seeing people using apps like this to track people’s time in order to make sure they are “working” and putting in their 8 hours a day.

  17. Dave's Gravatar Dave
    August 17, 2012    

    Very handy app, appreciate it. Would love to see a way to track our count a all or specific timers. This way I could use it like a pomodoro app. I use the methodology but have my own variation for my needs.

  18. Ang's Gravatar Ang
    August 2, 2012    

    Love this app. The one enhancement I would like to see is the abilitity to set a pop-up notification per task to show when you met the time you wanted to alot for that task. For example – if my goal is to spend 2 hours a day working on a specific project, I would like a pop up message to say when I have completed that much time.

    Yes, I know I can use a count down, but I would rather use a regular timer to track how much time I spending working on something, and have the system flag me when I have met my dedicated time (but not stop me from continuing to work on that task if I so choose.) Days are often so busy, that sometimes it is difficult to avoid jumping back and forth between tasks, so this would help me keep better tabs on my work.

    Thank you,
    Ang

    • August 3, 2012    

      Hi

      You can use a Timer Alert to do just this. If you right click on a timer’s (not a countdown) display and choose “Add Alert” you can tell the timer to alert you after a set amount of time on the timer has been accumulated (say two hours). You can also identify what the timer should do (stop timing, show a message box, play a sound, launch another app, etc).

      Hope that helps.

  19. mao's Gravatar mao
    June 17, 2012    

    New version v2.2.0 is super. You can selected config file (separated value timer e.g. folder project).
    Respect!!!!
    p.s.
    However, could use a manual control values ​​(not just adding eg hours). May be next version.

  20. Jeff's Gravatar Jeff
    June 13, 2012    

    This is a fantastic app. I use it everyday. Most of my ideas have been mentioned. Keep up the good work. I’ve told all my friends about it and now they are hooked.

  21. mao's Gravatar mao
    February 20, 2012    

    I like it.

  22. Stephan's Gravatar Stephan
    February 7, 2012    

    What would be a great feature :
    Possibility to recycle all the times automatically after the last one.
    For example, you have tasks that are highly repetitive and on the clock, like 2 minute prep time, then a 6 minute activity, then another 1 minute to finish, and it would restart to the beginning automatically for the 2 min prep time again. Add then add a counter to count how many cycles passed.

    Lot’s of schools and faculties use standardized tests or exams now, with different activity stations, this would save them a loooot of trouble!

  23. Joao Brito's Gravatar Joao Brito
    January 30, 2012    

    Congrats, great software.
    I’m a “GTDr” and I was looking for a countdown timer with multiple timers, so I could control blocks of time dedicated to each project I’m working on: 30′ on this, 50′ on that etc.
    Although Watchme isn’t a countdown timer, the alerts are just perfect for this. And at the same time, It’s easy to create other timers to measure how much time I’ve spent on each project (what btw is the software’s main purpose). I like the interface too, it’s very easy to use.
    I’ve just installed the software, looks good, If it works fine, I’ll certainly make a donation. A countdown mode would be perfect.

    • January 30, 2012    

      Hi,

      I too am a “GTDr” and I make use of both WatchMe and Toodledo (great task tracking app) daily to keep track of my work. You’ll be happy to know that I am working on countdown timers right now for the next version. I make use of alerts the same way you do, but I expect that the countdown timers could also be used in the same way you mentioned. I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying using WatchMe. Stay tuned for the next version – coming soon…

      Cheers!

  24. David's Gravatar David
    January 22, 2012    

    Hi, Scott,

    I just wanted to express my thanks for making this program. It’s exactly what I was looking for after searching around a lot and trying many other clunky timer programs. Your interface is perfect: one click to stop one timer and start another.

    I’ve been using it to find out how much time I spend with my son and how much time I spend working. It really provides an objective measure of how I balance my priorities. You just never know until you track the time.

    Now that I’ve spent about 5 minutes writing this message, it’s time to click on the “Exercise” timer. :-)

    Thanks again,
    David

  25. Anton's Gravatar Anton
    January 18, 2012    

    The “Download” button doesn’t show up in Firefox. Got me stumped for a while. :-)

    • Kane's Gravatar Kane
      January 18, 2012    

      It shows up just fine for me in Firefox. Maybe you have an extension that’s blocking the image (like AdBlock or something)?

    • January 18, 2012    

      Looked okay to me, but just to make sure I made the Download text above the icon a link as well. Thanks for the heads up.

  26. Jim's Gravatar Jim
    January 18, 2012    

    Great. The only thing that would make it better is a count down mode.

    • January 18, 2012    

      It’s coming – stay tuned! :)

  27. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    December 10, 2011    

    This looks pretty good. Just what I was looking for! My only negative is that on my XP computer, in the window for setting the alert time, the numbers in the hours, minutes, and seconds boxes are too big to show more than one digit at a time. For instance, 15 in the minute box will only show the 1.

    • December 12, 2011    

      I’m working on the next release right now so I’ll make a point of widening those controls out. Thanks for the feedback.

  28. December 8, 2011    

    Great little timer! It would be improved with the option for count down mode (vs. using the reminder). Add more buttons to access features like reminder and toggle for count up/down. Single-click to restore from system tray. Start/Stop individual timers from system tray. Thanks!

    • June 10, 2012    

      The latest version (v2.2) now includes countdown timers.

  29. Ryan's Gravatar Ryan
    December 5, 2011    

    Awesome App!!

    I have suggestions:

    -Option to set a limit on the number of inactivity warnings or just update a single warning dialog box instead of creating a new box for each warning.
    Forgetting to close the app over the weekend requires a lot of mouse clicks the next time at the computer.

    -Incorporate a calendar into the app.

    -Create an event log text file. List timer starts stops.

    -Timer tags. Add a tag to each time and then have a summary tab displaying the summation of all timers with the same tag across all tabs.

    -An automatic export/clear all timers/delete all timers on certain time each week/month.

    Thanks for making such a great app.

  30. November 22, 2011    

    I love WatchMe. I use it to manage my studies for my courses and also my programming.

    If there’s one feature I’d like, it’s to be able to add an arbitrary amount of time (e.g. type it into a pop-up window). I don’t always remember to start the timer at the right time, but I have a good idea about how long it’s been, so I’d like more fine grained adjustment of the time.

    WatchMe is really great, and I’m going to continue to use it. Thanks for it!

    • November 24, 2011    

      Hi Tom

      Being able to manually set the time for a timer is on the short list of enhancements for the next version. Thanks for your input!

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