Get Your Act Together with Timing – Sponsor


One of the key first steps to figuring out how to be more efficient is to first figure out where you’re spending your time now. You may think you know, but you probably don’t actually know. I frequently track my time to get an idea where I’m doing good with my time (and where I’m not.) 

This week’s sponsor, Timing, is a tool to help you get rolling. Timing automates time tracking so you don’t have to go manually throw a lever every time you change gears. This both makes time tracking easier and gives you more confidence in the accuracy of your data. The app pays super-close attention to everything you do on your Mac and then reports back to you. Timing’s beautiful (and customizable) reports show me exactly where I spend my time on my Mac.

Timing has a new feature they are about to release that lets you sync and view your data across all your Macs so now you’ve got excellent data across your iMac and your laptop. With a little pleading on my behalf, they’ve even agreed to give MacSparky readers early access to this new feature. To do so, sign up here.

Timing has been crucial for me, and I expect it can help you too. Don’t believe me? Download their free trial software and see for yourself. For a limited time, you can get 10% off. 

Timing Makes Time-Tracking Easy (Sponsor)

This week MacSparky is sponsored by Timing, my tool for tracking time on my Mac. Knowing how you spend your time is one of the most useful bits of knowledge you can have when deciding on new (and old) commitments. I’ve gone deep down the rabbit hole of time tracking as I try to figure things out for my own sanity and this week’s sponsor, Timing, has been an essential tool for me.


Time tracking is hard. Having to throw a switch somewhere every time you change tasks or projects never works and is super-distracting. As a result, you end up with bad data. 

Timing fixes that. Timing automatically tracks which apps, documents, and websites you use — without start/stop timers.

  • See how you spend your time, eliminate distracting activities, and improve your client billing.
  • Timing lets you stop worrying about time and focus on doing your best work instead!
  • Timing also understands that your time tracking data is super sensitive, so Timing keeps it safe on your Mac.

In short, with Timing you get detailed information about how you spend your time on your Mac with zero work on your behalf. Try it yourself with the free 14-day trial and get 10% off if you buy in the next two weeks.

Unrelated but cool – The developers of Timing have also recently released Faviconographer, a free utility that adds Favicons to your Safari tabs. If you ever found yourself wanting those icons on your tabs for easier navigation, check it out!

Timing 2 for Mac

Today Daniel Alm released Timing 2 for Mac, version 2.0 of his popular Mac productivity app. Over the last several months, I have definitely climbed on the timers’ bandwagon. I’m in the process of hiring people to help me out, and the first thing I needed to do was figure out where I was spending my time. Timing 2 for Mac does that. The best thing about this app is that it does the work for you. Timing provides automatic time tracking. As you jump around different applications, website URLs, emails, and even conversation partners in Messages, Timing quietly keeps track in the background. It then gives you an interactive timeline that shows you exactly when you did what. There’s even a rule system to take you even further down the road. There is a lot of data in this app that will shed new light on how you work.

If you’re concerned about privacy, timing runs locally on your Mac and nowhere else. It does not upload your data to the cloud and does not share with anyone.

I’ve been running the beta for a few months, and I like it. The killer feature with this application is how granular it can get with automatic time tracking. To the extent I use other timers that require manual logging (switching the timer as I switch between tasks), it is really easy to forget and interrupt your flow when you remember. With Timing, I’ve been able to easily and accurately track all of my tasks while sitting on my Mac.

The biggest downside is that it works so well while at my Mac, I want something just as good when I’m working on my iPad or riding my bike. Either way, while I’m sitting at a Mac, I’ve got time tracking figured out with this app.

With this version, the developer has left the Mac App Store. You can download and purchase Timing 2 for Mac directly from the developer. My congratulations to Daniel on his hard work over the last year to get this new version out the door.