Tracking time in Productive is simple. Just navigate to the Time tab and select My time.

Picking the date

You will find weekdays at the top of the user interface. You can pick any day from the list and start adding time entries for that day.

Use arrows to navigate between weeks. Click the dot in the middle to get back to the current day.

You can also choose a date from the calendar.

Filling out the form

You're tracking time against a particular budget and service within that budget. 

Pay attention to budgets and projects. Every project has at least one budget, and a budget has at least one service. So when you're tracking time, make sure you've selected a service from the right project and budget.

Put down a brief description of what you've been working on in the Note field and for how long.

You can record different time formats:

  • 8

  • 0.5

  • 8h

  • 8 hours

  • 30 min

  • 0.5 h

  • 5 m

  • 108 m

Manual mode vs Timer mode

Some people like tracking time as soon as they start working on something. They will prefer the timer mode. You can only use the timer mode on the same day you are tracking time.

Others prefer tracking time when they’ve completed something (e.g. at the end of the day). They will prefer the manual mode.

Whatever your preference, you can now switch between two standards modes of tracking time.

Filling out the form in Manual mode

When you're done filling out the form, hit the Save entry button.

Here's what a properly filled out form would look like:

You can also use Start timer (in timer mode) and Productive will automatically log your time to a specific service

Just don't forget to come back to the Time tab and stop the timer when finished.


If you're Scheduled to work on some project you will get automatic time tracking suggestions under My Time. Clicking these suggestions will pre-fill the budget, service, and time for you. 

Can't track time for some reason?

There are a few possible reasons why you can't track time. 

  1. There is no budget - you need to create a budget and add services to it

  2. The budget is delivered - you can't track time against a closed budget

  3. The date range is wrong - you can't track time in the future so you need to adjust the budget date range

  4. You don't have a cost rate - contact your admin to define a cost rate for you before you can start tracking time. 

Read more about defining a cost rate here.

You can also track time in Timesheet view and Calendar view.

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