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Roundup is several months away from Beta, however you can now sign up to receive the announcement when we do launch. We need people who are interested in beta testing our web application. Don’t worry, we won’t spam you, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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We’re calling Roundup the next generation in time tracking, and we don’t think it’s an overstatement. Current tools enable you to log your time and create simple reports. We believe that time tracking can be much more than generic time reports and we’re going to show the world what it can be.

How to Say No

If you’ve ever had clients and worked in the services industry, you will know as I do that there are sometimes situations where you should have said no to a request, but didn’t.

Then, a few days later, you regret it and find yourself missing deadlines.

I discovered some great tips online that I wanted to share. They’ll help you learn to say no, when you should. Click here to read them.

Three of my favorites:

  • Excel at just a few things, rather than being just average at many. Don’t try to do everything.
  • You have a right to say no. Remember that others may take you for granted and even lose respect for you if you don’t.
  • Provide suggestions or alternatives to the person who is asking. (“I can’t do that task today, but how about next week,” or “How about asking John instead?”)

Defining Roundup

ponderOne of the key things I’m learning about as we build our web application, is that it’s far too easy to lose sight of what your product does.

Originally when we set out to build Roundup, it was just a tool for tracking your time.

Over time we realized a lot of people create lists of things they need to do, and then track time against those lists.

So we added a task area.

Of course, we couldn’t stop there. We knew we had tasks and tasks are always associated with a project. So we had to create methods for managing projects and clients.

Before we knew it, we weren’t sure if we were building a time tracking application, or a product that helps you manage your projects.

This presents a number of questions. Where does our product fit in the market place? Does it compete with time tracking applications or project management applications?

Do we market it as a time tracking application (its strength) or as a project management tool?

And does it step up to the plate in every area? Or is it strong in one and weak in another?

These are the challanges we are facing at the moment. I will of course continue to post here about our progress.

Welcome

Welcome! I’m Chris and I’ll be your host on this journey. This blog is about our efforts to create a web based time tracking system, and will be the support site for the application we are building.

In addition, we’ll be posting handy tips and tricks for ways to maximize your time and efficiency.

I thought our first post should be symbolic of what we’re doing. So I’m going to post some of the different ways people have tracked time over the years.

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Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the method of scientific dating based on the analysis of tree-ring growth patterns.

One of the neat things you can do with tree ring dating, is compare multiple trees and crossdating. View this photo to see an example of how this works. There’s even more information about the tools and methods for tree ring dating here.