April 10, 2009

Intervals – Find Time


The main reason to use a project management application is to improve efficiency. Whether you’re setting tasks, delegating responsibilities, or just checking email, a project management tool is meant to ensure that you get these tasks done as quickly as possible, with the least amount of mistakes. This is the theory behind Intervals – an app that stresses time management as much as it stresses overall project management.

In a time when businesses are watching every dollar, managers want to make sure employees are using their time wisely. Intervals achieves this by offering a kind of report card of the time it takes to finish the project. It’s not enough that a project is finished, but that time is being used appropriately. Other project management apps merely track a date for specific project while Intervals includes an actual timer for specific tasks. This may seem minor, but over the course of a month, or year, the extra time can add up. If “time is money” for your business, then Intervals makes sense.

A knock against Intervals is that its emphasis is too much on what it does well – the time management feature is great, but it lacks the functional capacity of other project management apps, such as chat integration, collaborative documents, and so on. As a result, Intervals is potentially not as useful for a large group setting, and likely best utilized by a freelancer who needs to track work down to the minute.

Practical Uses:

  • Track the number of hours you work if you’re paid by the hour – gives your clients some reassurance that you’re not overcharging
  • Send out invoices based on an accurate tally of your workload
  • Keep an eye on employees and make sure that they are using their time effectively
  • Manage a time-sensitive project and ensure that it gets done by the deadline
  • Show your boss that you are working effectively by proactively tracking your own time and activities

Insider Tips:

  • Customize your workspace – add your company logo and adjust the color scheme
  • Employ the app for a variety of projects and pinpoint any problem areas, or successes, using the “business intelligence” graphs, which track productivity over a set time period
  • Set invoicing for overseas currencies if you work with international clients

What we liked:

  • The entire site is extremely easy to use
  • Time tracking is arguably the most valuable of all project management apps
  • No external software needed
  • Pricing is reasonable, especially for small projects

What we didn’t like:

  • Lacks project management functionality of similar apps


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Founded by: Michael Payne/Pelago Design
  • Web site:


  • Paid accounts range from $20/month on up


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