The ‘true’ timesaver that your freelance business NEEDS right now.
I know you’ve heard it all before…
“Use this app, use that app, it all saves time in the long run.” I hear them say or yell at me through large font on their website header. (checks our website at time of writing – phew, not us thankfully!)
But I’m not here to sell you an app you ‘have’ to use. I’m here to give you the original “time”saver in the truest sense of the word. Lets face it, if you’re reading this, most likely you own, or are looking to start your own business. During this time, things are hectic. Chaotic even. And we type up multiple documents / physical and digital sticky notes to help keep track of these various conversations.
This tool, is nothing special in all honesty, but it’s saved me so many times I fail to keep count. And it is a simple script set up on your Mac or PC that allows you to insert an exact timestamp using a keyboard shortcut. For example, I just hit ‘Command’ + ‘=’ on my keyboard and I get this :
2017-11-13 11:58:41 AW:
Now this may not look super fancy, but when combined with our FL3P billing system, this is our most powerful shortcut that we utilise. As it allows us to quickly document on internal notes and support tickets when we’ve made an interaction to the exact second we started typing, and we’ve set it, so that it includes our initials to make things just that little bit quicker.
Normally, we’d drop this kind of content behind a email capture, but I firmly believe that every business should aim to keep time accurate records as having a full timestamped story within a clients account helps keep our team updated when working on support tasks, as it helps you not to repeat yourself over and over and lets face it, over again.
So below is an opportunity to join our list, with no pressure. Just keep scrolling to get to the installation instructions!
If you’re a Mac user, simply download this little Automator Script to your downloads folder, right click and open with ‘Automator’ and edit the initials to be your own and save! Open a new Finder window, click the ‘Go’ menu and then ‘Go to Folder’ (or SHIFT + ⌘ + G if you’re a keyboard shortcut person) and head to /Users/”your_username”/Library/Services.
Copy the downloaded script to this folder, head to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Find Services on the left, and you should find the new “Insert Time Stamp” – from here, click in the far right and you’ll be able to set your own custom keyboard shortcut!
PC Users will need to download an app called AutoHotkey (Direct Download link) from the team over at AHK. Simply run the installer and select Express Installation and Run AutoKey on the completion screen. Download this precompiled script to your documents folder, right click and you’ll see a new option to Edit Script so you can update your initials. Save this, and then double click to run the script.
To have this run at startup automatically for ease of use, hit the Windows Key + R and paste this path in
From your Documents folder, right click on the script and select Create Shortcut and move this shortcut to the open folder and you’re done!