RE: Freeware Time Planning Tool?

Subject: RE: Freeware Time Planning Tool?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:13:45 -0400


Not TRYing to annoy anyone, but this seems worth mentioning in the current context, even though:

a) it's not free

b) it's not a "time planning" tool in the project-planning, GANTT chart sense.

My wife found a tool that she absolutely loves, to keep her on track in her business. She swears by it.
I help her a bit in my spare hours, and run the same tool. I swear AT it...

It's online, so she does her thing on the HP (Windows 7) and I do mine on the Mac.

It can be found at, which immediately redirects you to the "Earn 1K a Day" guy (sorry). You have to hold your nose through an in-your-face sales landing page, full of the usual hand-waving, exaggeration, and exhortation.

You just set up blocks of time for this or that task and project and it hounds you and keeps you focused. It lets you know how you are doing, and how well (or not) you have done). I can attest that it works, but jeez... I used to like goofing off a bit in my evenings. It's very flexible for categorizing and for breaking large tasks up into smaller, manageable ones.
Wifey (don't tell her I called her that) works 12 to 15 hour days lately, and I credit/curse Action Enforcer with her getting a lot more satisfaction and results from that level of commitment.

I have no connection to the company other than as a grumpy user. I'm considering starting to use it at my day job. Maybe we'll find out that we didn't need our new contract writer after all (in the cube across from me... it's ok, Joe says he doesn't read Techwhirl; his ears might be burning right now, but if I don't tell you his last name, you can't tell him I'm talking about him).

$27 bucks. At my day rate, that basically paid for itself the first evening that I used it... from my wife's perspective. From my perspective, I'm now a more productive un-paid peon in her biz. But it's in a good cause.

Anyway, if it's not quite what the original poster was looking for, it's still worth a peek from any of the rest of y'all.


- kevin
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