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Time Tracking Timer

Accurately log and monitor your work hours

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Written by Jon Palustre
Updated over a week ago

With the Time Tracking Timer, you can accurately log and monitor your work hours. Keep track of time spent on projects while staying focused on your work. This feature is available on our Pro and Enterprise plans.

How to track time for scheduled work

  1. Go to the Log time page.

  2. Click one of the logged time suggestions.

  3. Click on the play button to start the timer.

The window will close, and you’ll see the timer running in the sidebar menu in Float and directly on the logged time entry. The timer color is the same as the corresponding project color.

Start logging time by clicking the play button
GIF showing how to start time for existing entries

If you choose to start a timer on an allocation scheduled for another day, the timer will automatically create a new time-logged time entry on today’s date with the relevant details. You can jump to ‘today’ to see the entry showing on the time sheet.

Jumping to today's date when start timer for a future date

How to track time for a new logged time entry

If you've just started something new and haven't added it to your Float schedule yet, you can easily create a new logged time entry and track the progress. Here's how:

  1. Click anywhere on the Log my time view

  2. Once the logged time entry form appears, enter the project (and task if required) and click the Start Timer button.

    Adding a new Log time record with Timer.

How to stop an active timer

When you're all done, open up the logged time entry and click the stop button to stop tracking and log your time. The start and stop times will be displayed, and the sum of these timer entries will be added to any existing logged time.

Stopping active timer

📝Note: If you stop a timer that has been running for less than one minute, no time will be logged.

How to review and adjust your time

All the time entries are displayed in the order they were created. You can adjust any of the start and stop times if needed. To adjust a time entry:

  1. Hover over the entry row and click on the edit icon.

  2. Type to edit either the total time, the start time, or the end time.

  3. Click the check icon to save your changes. The new value will update the total Logged time for that entry.

📝 Here's a tip: For quick updates, you can use the up and down arrows on your keyboard.

GIF showing how to enter timer entries

To delete a timer entry, click the trash can icon. Deleting a timer entry is immediate, with no undo.

If you want to edit the total logged time without editing any of the start or stop times, you can do this directly in the Logged time field. The actual start and stop times will not be affected, allowing you to conveniently round the value that you see on your reports, without impacting your accurate timer records.

Editing logged time for your team

If you have Project Manager, Admin, or Account Owner access rights, you can edit logged timer records for team members on the Log team page. You’ll be able to view and edit any of their start and stop times for where a timer has been used, in the same way as editing logged time entries. You can also delete any timer record you have access to.

📝 Note: You will not be able to see any running timers from this view.

View timer records from the reports

The time tracking tabs in the People report and Project report for a single project will show the time logged in decimal hours to ensure consistency when comparing scheduled and logged time.

To quickly see the timer records that make up the reported hours, click the logged hours to open the Log time window.

screenshot showing decimal data in reports

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I close the browser or log out of Float?

When you close the browser, log out, or shut down your machine — your timer keeps running. This allows you to focus on your work without worrying about time tracking. When you reopen Float the timer will still be running, and you can choose to stop it.

What happens if I forget to stop a timer?

The timer will continue running until midnight. At that point, it will stop automatically, and the time is added to your logged time entry. You can then adjust this as needed.

Can I use the timer if I have already logged a block of time?

Yes, you can start a timer even if you have already added some manual time. You can also adjust the logged time to any value independently of the timer records.

Does the timer track seconds?

Currently, the timer only displays time to the minute, which can cause some differences due to rounding. You can use the Logged time value to confirm that the final logged time adds up as expected against the work you have done.

In what timezone do the timer entries show?

The start and stop timers are displayed based on browser settings and not the team timezone in Float.

If you want to learn more about time tracking and the Timer, check out our video guide here

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