Timelines is a personal time tracking app which focuses on presenting the tracked data in a meaningful and easily accessible way. Users can track various user-defined categories throughout the day and then see those time blocks visualized on a fully interactive timeline. They can also explore interactive reporting and easily drill down to more details — giving them clear picture of where exactly their time is going.
Timelines is for people who recognize the preciousness of time and who strive to make the best use of it. It’s used by people from various fields, such as architects, independent business owners, freelancers or students. They all have one thing in common: the desire to cut back on procrastination, increase productivity, improve work-life balance and ultimately be more fulfilled in their lives.
It's available for iPhone and Apple Watch, as a free download with an optional PRO subscription ($3.99/month or $19.99/year).
Time is like money: we never have enough, and we often can't remember how we spent it. Timelines is a razor-sharp instrument in our time-management toolkit, letting us categorise and visualise where the hours in our hectic days are going. We love it for everything from tracking billable time on projects to making sure we're setting aside chunks of our week to relax with loved ones.
What makes Timelines unique?
Fully interactive timeline — scroll from past to the present and future, and scale from hours to days, weeks and beyond.
Big focus on ease of entry (1-tap tracking, today widget) and reliability.
Interactive Statistics — get to reports with just one tap, and then effortlessly change interval by swiping and pinching on the timeline.
Built by a passionate indie with 8 years of iOS development experience, and largely influenced by the feedback from users.
Compared to most of the traditional time tracking software, here’s where Timelines stands:
Other time tracking software
Focused on business
✓ Focused on personal growth
Reports are an afterthought
✓ Reports are front and center
Used out of necessity
✓ Used out of curiosity and hunger to grow
Basic visualization of time
✓ Fully interactive timeline with colored time blocks
You can add a timeline for each project or area in your life that you want to measure. Then, you can conveniently start and stop timers using either the Timelines iPhone app, the Notification Center widget or the Apple Watch app.
Viewing events on a timeline
At the core of Timelines, you have this beautiful, fluidly interactive timeline where you can pan and pinch to navigate. Tracked events get overlaid on top of it using colored markers. You can quickly select which timelines you want to view—to either focus on how you’re doing in one particular area, or to see all of them and get the full picture.
Each tracked event in Timelines can have an optional name and notes, which is useful for people who want to capture more detail. It’s also easy to edit both start and end times, in case you started (or stopped) a timer too late.
With just one tap of a button, you can get to an interactive reporting state, with a pie chart and time summary of each of your projects for the visible interval. Instead of using some drop downs and specifying which day, week or month you want to see, you can just swipe and pinch on the timeline to get there.
Export to PDF or CSV
Tracked data can be easily exported to PDF and CSV files. Using a custom export dialog, it takes just two taps to get from given statistics to the detailed export.
Event name statistics
You can optionally assign names to individual events, and then see a breakdown of them in a separate bar chart. This is handy for really drilling down on what tasks exactly take up the most time.
Notification Center widget
With Timelines’ compact widget, it takes less than 2 seconds to start or stop a timer from the lock screen of your iPhone. You can also long-touch on a timer to edit it or set the event's title.
Apple Watch app
With Timelines for Apple Watch, you can control timers directly on your wrist without reaching for your phone. Thanks to custom complications, you can see the running timer and access the app right from your watch face. During tracking, you can set a name of the event using dictation, or correct times with the digital crown. And because tracked time is sent to the iPhone app after tracking finishes, the watch app works even when your phone is out of reach.
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The story behind Timelines
Timelines was envisioned and developed by Lukas Petr, a passionate independent app developer from Czech Republic. Previously, he built Routie, a fitness tracker that was beloved by users but had difficulties competing in the crowded fitness tracking market space. Before that, he built a math app called Quadratic Master for solving and learning quadratic equations, as well as worked on several client projects.
Here is Lukas's story of how and why Timelines was built (written before Timelines launched):
"While developing apps and managing my own app business, I realized the huge importance of time. I often felt that I had almost no idea where the time went, and that I was not doing enough. I wanted to find out how I could become more productive, while preserving a healthy work-life balance and finding enough time for things like fitness and socializing. When I got the idea for an app that would feature an interactive timeline, it all somehow clicked. I ultimately decided to build a time tracker around that. I’ve been using it to track my work and life for well over a year now, and it has provided me with truly interesting and sometimes surprising insights into how I spend my time. It has been a long process, but those insights are helping me to become more efficient and more balanced. I hope that Timelines can do the same for anyone who decides to give it a go."
Past, present, and plans for the future
Timelines was launched on August 9, 2016. Shortly after launch it was featured on the front page of US App Store, followed by placement on the first page of Product Hunt, and reviews on MacStories and 9To5Mac. Thanks to its success, Lukas has been able to work on Timelines full-time since then. He released several extensive updates, largely informed by direct feedback from users:
Update 1.1 (12 more colors, iOS 10 compatibility and more) | 12 Sep, ‘16
Update 1.2 (Archiving, Simultaneous timers, New time formatting options) | 24 Oct, ’16
Update 1.10 (Dark Mode, Siri Shortcuts with parameters, iOS 13 support) | 19 Sep, ’19
Lukas is currently busy working on Timelines 2.0, which will reimagine what Timelines can do as a personal time tracking tool. It will be able to track certain things, such as Health Workouts, without manual input. There will also be exciting new features such as syncing or a new interactive bar chart, as well as a ton of smaller refinements and improvements.