Tracking your Time
How to log your hours, track your impact, and get paid for your work
Part of our vision in creating the best place on earth for top builders is getting you paid well on ambitious work — and of course, on time. Logging your hours on your timesheet also allows you to track your long-term impact on the product you’re building. Here are five steps for tracking your time and impact:
Step 1: Head to your mission’s page
Your timesheet is the first thing you’ll see on your mission page.
Step 2: Find your time tracking center
The ‘Time Tracking’ tab will populate with timesheets from all your past pay cycles. Pay cycles are two weeks long — they run from the 1st of the month to the 15th, and from the 16th to the end of the month. You can click into your past timesheets to review your hours and work done during that pay cycle.
Step 3: Make a timesheet entry
On your current timesheet, you’ll be able to fill out ‘Date’, ‘Hours Worked’, and ‘Main Task’ for the work you’ve done that day. Once you’ve filled in those fields accurately, click ‘Add Time’ to submit those hours.
Step 4: Fill out your timesheets daily
Submit at least one entry for each day you work, with a summary of what you worked on. When you submit your hours, they’ll be immediately added to the timesheet. You can edit the entries throughout the pay cycle and export your timesheet anytime. At the end of the pay cycle (either on the 15th or end of the month), we’ll remind you to submit your timesheet.
Step 5: Keep track of your timesheet statuses
- Active means this timesheet is the middle of a pay cycle.
- To Submit means this pay cycle has ended, and you need to submit your timesheet.
- Submitted means your timesheet has been submitted, and the team is sending the company your invoice.
- Processing means we got your payment from the company, and we are processing the payment to you.
- Paid Out means the invoice associated with this timesheet has been paid.
When it comes to tracking time, the more communication, the better. The more insight a company has into how you’re spending your time, the better they can understand your performance and impact.
Best practices for time tracking
Submit your hours honestly.
Companies expect timesheets that reflect only the hours you’ve spent working each day — not an approximation, average daily number, or even the estimated hours you agreed to work ahead of time.
Track what you spend time working on.
When you complete your timesheet, you’ll be asked to specify what your time was spent working on. The company will tell you the level of detail they want to see in your timesheets. As a default, provide at least one or two sentences summarizing what you worked on each day.
Update your timesheet immediately after you’ve finished working.
Keep track of your hours throughout the day and submit them as you go. That ensures you don’t overlook any time you spend building and get paid for all your work. Try to make a habit of it — it will only help you track your impact on the company in the long run.