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Surprising uses for Hours (part 2)

Last week on the blog, I talked about how we designed Hours to track billable time. However, in an attempt to make the best app we could for our specific clientele, the Hours team created one of the all-around best time tracking app on the market (in my not so humble opinion).

It has been rewarding to see how Hours is helping a more diverse set of people than we could have ever hoped for. Last week I discussed productivity and how many people who love time tracking in Hours track ALL their time, not just billable hours. They say that using Hours helps them to see where they are wasting time and encourages them to be more careful.

This week I wanted to discuss an even more unique use case for Hours. This story came from a loving family faithfully tracking time for the therapies of their autistic son. They tried to use Hours to track tantrums, time spent playing with others, and time doing a single activity. They said that tracking his behavior can be difficult, but noted that the Hours reporting roll ups were awesome for them.

Unfortunately, they would need to be able to track time in seconds. Right now Hours only tracks down to the minute. Until we are able to find a way to implement seconds, they won’t be able to continue using the app. However, they thanked us for creating a great product and said they are waiting for us to make those changes so that they can start using it again.

It was lovely to talk to a family who was so supportive of what we are doing. I sure hope we can adapt Hours for them as soon as possible.

I was inspired by their story and began to wonder: how many more people could we help if we created different versions of Hours for different use cases? There are so many different ways and reasons why people need to track their time. Are there other features or versions we could create to cater to different populations? Parents of disabled children? Teachers? How could Hours help them? What features would they need?

If we add too many features for a smaller clientele, the app will become complicated and not as easy to use for the majority. However, if we were able to add certain features here or there, there are many more types of people that could find Hours extremely helpful. Finding the perfect balance is easier said than done.

I am sure the Hours team will continue to brainstorm and improve Hours. It will be interesting to see what they can do. Until then, I am excited to continue to hear from our lovely customers about all the unique and creative ways they use Hours.

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