Getting an Accurate Time Estimation of Projects

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 in Working Efficiently

Hi all!

I have recently graduated with a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications and I am looking for a full time position. In the meantime, I foresee myself doing some freelance work. I’ve done several freelance projects while completing my graduate program, projects ranged from e-modules and videos to illustrations. When I first started off, what used to used to stump me was how do I price? Initially, I had no good grasp of how long it will take me to do an illustration or video, just a vague estimation. As I have done more medical visualization¬†work, I started getting a better idea of how to price because I would track my hours. I used to use a Google Docs Spreadsheet to track my time, but I recently found something much better and easier to use: ¬†Toggl!

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Screenshot from the official Toggl website. Here here for more details on how it works! 

Toggl is a simple online time tracking tool, you can use it online or download a desktop version that can work offline. Tracking your time is as easy as clicking a button. It will also output a summary graph of how you’ve spent your time. I have been using it for my internship where I am doing an animation of a laproscopic cholescystectomy procedure. I am still fairly new with animation projects, so it will be good for me to see how long I spend modelling, setting up materials, storyboarding etc.