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10 Most Useful Time Management Tools for Designers

Web designers, especially freelancers, face the challenge of effectively managing their time while juggling many responsibilities. There are a number of online apps and tools that can help you take control and make the most of your time – but how do you know which ones work?

In this post we’ll look at 10 time management tools that may be able to help you. This includes calendars, to-do lists, time tracking, and project management. If you have a favorite please feel free to share in the comments.

1. Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk is a free to-do list manager. You can add tasks that you need to get done, prioritize them, and check them off when they are done. Remember the Milk apps are available for the iPhone and for Android.

Remember the Milk

2. Timely

Timely is a powerful time tracker and scheduling tool. It offers a free account and supports all iOS devices including the Apple Watch.


3. Google Calendar

A calendar is a must-have. Google Calendar is free and can help you to keep your appointments and priorities organized. Best of all, you can access your calendar from anywhere with your computer or phone.

Google Calendar

4. Rescue Time

Rescue Time will help you to track your time and to identify areas for improved time management. It claims to recover an average of just under 4 hours worth of productive time per week per person.

Rescue Time

5. Thymer

Thymer is “project management and task planning for people who hate project management and task planning.” I think most designers and freelancers fall into that category. You can organize your projects, track time and cost, work with teams, run reports, get reminders, and more. Plans range from free to $50 per month.


6. Ronin

Ronin is a time tracking and invoicing app. There are a lot of options out there for invoicing, but Ronin’s sleek interface is very intuitive and easy to use.


7. Toggl

Toggl is an online time tracking app. You can easily switch from one task to another, use it from any device, and run reports. Plans range from free to $40 per month.


8. Reverb

Reverb is an online app for task management. You create tasks with priorities, due dates,  and tags. You can also share your tasks with team members. Verb is a free app.


9. Project Bubble

Project Bubble helps you to manage projects, track time, and create invoices. It also  includes a CRM where you can manage your clients. Prices range from free to $7 per month.

Project Bubble

10. Subernova

Subernova is a project management app that includes time tracking and invoicing. You can view all of your project statuses at a glance, set up and track milestones, schedule follow up emails with clients, and more. The cost is $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year.


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