Tracking, Organizing, & Reporting

Adding a Time Entry

To add a time entry, click “Add new” on the project on which you’re logging time and then select “Add time entry”.


You will then be presented with the time entry form.  Simply write any notes about what you got done (this will show in the history section of the project), indicate the amount of time you spent, the category of the time you spent (this will be used in a variety of reports), and ensure that the date is correct (it will default to the current date, but you can backdate entries if you wish).  Hit save and you’re done!

When you look at the “History” tab of your project record you’ll see your new entry appear.

Using Smart Timers

In order to start a timer, click “Add new” on the project against which you’d like to log time and select “Start timer”.


Your project card will now flip over and begin timing your work.  At any time while your timer is running you can enter notes about the work you’re doing or assign a category to the time you’re tracking (this will be used in a variety of reports).  You can also do this after stopping your timer.

To stop your timer simply tap the pause button.  We’ll track how long your timer has been on and notify you if it’s been on longer than usual to make sure you don’t accidentally leave it running.  After pausing your timer you can edit any of the details about your time entry, including the amount of time spent, and then either save or discard the entry.  If you navigate away from your timer to a different project, Chronos will retain your draft entry until you either save or discard it.

Time Categories

Time categories are a way to understand how you’re spending the time you log against projects.  This information is useful for quoting projects more accurately (see Smart Estimates in Key Time Reports), understanding how your team is spending their time, and finding opportunities to work more efficiently.  Visit the Using Smart Timers & Adding a Time Entry to see how to add a category to the time you track.  The following are examples of the time categories you might find the account of a graphic designer:


Time categories can be added to your account from the “Project” section in settings or while adding a time entry/using a timer.

Key Time Reports

The primary report focused on time is Smart Estimates.

Smart Estimates is a tool to help you stop under-quoting jobs.  Rather than guessing as to how long a job will take you, Smart Estimates let you look at how much time you’ve actually spent on jobs of that type.  The following is what you’ll see when you look at the Smart Estimates report.  For more information see Smart Estimates.


Smart time tracking for freelancers.

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