I knew transitioning from a startup to an agency would have its challenges. I was very eager and welcomed the tasks ahead; I was confident my out-of-the-box thinking and team-first mentality would support me in my new role. That said, onboarding for any new job can be a bit overwhelming. “It’s like drinking out of a fire hose,” someone mentioned my first week. Nevertheless, I prevailed and approaching my 3rd month (excited for my parade).
Now that I am up to speed on our agency’s processes and protocols, I can focus my efforts on providing excellent support and strategic advice to clients like ABC Bakers and Nava Health & Vitality Center. However, one hurdle remains: my timesheets. I’ve never had to track my time in any of my other roles and getting behind on timesheets was not a place I wanted to be in. Spread between three clients, my to-do lists went up to 20-30 tasks daily. With no system of tracking importance and handwriting far from Times New Roman, I knew something had to be done.
As a 3-month advertising industry veteran, I am happy to share my 3-step process for tracking your time and not falling behind on your timesheets:
Timesheet Survival Kit
How many different projects are you working on? For this example, let’s use three as the magic number.
Each morning, I pull out a fresh sheet from my desk, write the date and start filling out my list.
At the end of the day/week, look back through your to-do lists for a record of your tasks. Fill out your time based on the tasks marked in green.
Boom. *drops microphone*