This may be a topic where existing specialised apps are a better solution than DT3. But maybe not.
I need to track time spent for the organization I remote work for, according to different internal projects of the organization. This does not map well onto the time tracker software I have tried which (a) has far too many features and (b) mostly regards projects in a totally different way - more like a way of allocating between several employers. I need maybe 20 project identities, plus another 10 or so for core tasks and planning that has not yet been allocated a code but might get one soon (catching this ahead of time with provisional codes saves going back and re-labelling projects that move from the idea stage to getting funded). This is all in the non-profit sector with funds from a dozen or so different donors, some of the projects are joint funded, mostly not. Some funders support multiple projects.
Typicaly I might do a task like answer an email that takes 15 mins to an hour of my time and I want to quickly record a project name or code for which project should pay. Sometimes I write a report or analysis that takes from a couple of hours to a few days. Again, the time needs allocated to the relevant project. Sometimes a couple of projects share the use of my time so I need to divide the time spent between them. And I need to allocate admin time, background reading and so on. Nothing at all complicated.
My current solution is to just run an open text file as a sort of ticker-tape where I keep a note of what I am doing, that I can than transfer at end of month to a spreadsheet for the calculations. It requires some time, but is very flexible and meets my single-user needs - maybe that’s as good as it gets, but maybe with a few scripts and tags for the work for each project code I could start to timestamp activities a bit better and avoid the inevitable forgetting to start or stop the timer that sometimes happens.
Is anyone using DT3 to do this - an archive search on “time keeping” turns up a few very old references going back to 2008, and a warning that DevonThink is not designed to do everything and some tasks are better done with specialist software.
Any suggestions welcome - including recommendations for other software that does this which can also readily integrate with DT3. Integrating with DT3 where the relevant documents are stored would allow much better tracking of what was done in terms of writing or editing documents for which project and when. But I can live without it…
Thanks very much !