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Ophion Time Tracking


Need a way to track the time you spend each day? Still tracking your info on a spreadsheet? Post-it notes? Matchbook covers?

Ophion was built to fill this need. Geared towards IT professionals, but usable by anyone, Ophion allows you to track your time daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Use this data to show your boss how much you actually do! I originally built this app for my own use. I had some friends that were looking for a free or cheap way to track their time, so I introduced them to it. The original version is gone, and has been integrated into fortypoundhead.com as a member tool.

Main Screen

This is the default screen you are delivered to when clicking the Ophion link in the My Stuff section. The screen will display a table of entries for the currently selected date, which is by default the current date.  If there are no entries for the selected date, the table will be empty.

There are seven fields in each record for the table.  The fields are listed below

Description A brief description or title of the entry.
Ref/Tkt This would be ticket number or some other reference data.
Keywords Specific keywords assigned to this entry, used for building reports.
Company The company name this entry is tied to. 
Start Start time for this entry.
End End time for this entry.
Hours Number of hours calculated for this entry.

The description field of each entry is a link, which will expose the details of that entry.  For example, each entry has an option Details field that can hold more detail about that entry. From the detail screen, you can also edit or delete the entry. In addition to the linked description, there three icons at the right side of the description field. These icons are:

Flag Flag the entry for later followup
Triangle ! Mark the entry as a significant event
Trashcan Delete the entry

Adding a New Entry

At the top of the table, in the heading for the Description field, there is a button marked Add New.  Clicking this button will expose the form that allows you to enter new items.  Clicking the button again will hide the form. 

When adding a new item, there are some fields that are mandatory, and some that are optional. 

Mandatory Fields

Optional Fields

It is recommended that you add a keyword or two, seperated by commas or spaces, so you can use this data to build reports and utilize the dashboard later.  This allows you to categorize your information to see it presented and tallied in a logical way. 

Ideally, the Ref/Tkt field is not needed.  If you have a ticketing system, your information and time utiilization about a particular block of time should be tracked there.  However, it's not the only case where you would want to use this field.  For example, if you are an IT person who has to call a vendor help desk, you can use this field to document their ticket or case number in this field.  Another example could be if you are working with an entitty wherein you made a payment, you could document a payment or transaction confirmation number in this field.

Further, while the Company field is a required field, you can assign it to the Not Specified item if you do not want to assign it to a specific company, or you don't have any companies defined.  Using the Company field allows you to track work performed for specific companies that you might work for.  This is especially useful for contractors, freelancers, or other people that might perform work for multiple entities.

Changing the Selected Date

Clicking on the Change Day menu item will present a calendar view on the screen.  In this view, there is a clickable link that well set the day focus for the main screen.  In addition to the links for each day, any hours tracked during the month will be displayed for any days where time has been tracked.  

To change the month/year focus of the calendar, select the desired month and year in the form below the calendar, then click the Change Timeframe button.

Search (Reporting)

Clicking the Search link in the menu will present you with the filtered search screen.  By default, the current days items will be displayed in the table below the filtering form.  

With this screen, you can filter by Date, Company, and a keyword.  Note that the keyword field will search the description, keywords, and details fields of all entries in the specified date range. If no entries are made for the Company or Keyword fields, then only the date is filtered. 

For example, if you want to see all meetings you had for Company X, between April 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019, you would set the start date to 04/01/2019, the end date to 04/30/2019, select Company X in the Company field, and put the word Meeting in the Keyword field.  Click the Search button on the right, and all your meetings in the specified timeframe for Company X will be displayed.

To print the results of your search, simply use the print function of your web browser to print to actual paper, or to a PDF document.

Dashboard

The dashboard is meant to be a quick overview of hours that you have tracked. As of this writing there seven tables present in the dashboard:

More options are to be added over time, including "drilling down" in to certain areas.  If you have a request for a particular dashboard, please don't hesitate to ask for it by using the Contact page.

Follow-Ups

The Follow-Ups screen lists any items that you have flagged for follow-up.  From this screen, you can un-flag the items, delete, edit, or view the details of the items.

Company Manager

This is where you define companies or entities that you perform work for. From this screen, you can add, remove, or edit entities.  Each company or entity has fields for:

Any company can be set as the default company to bill time for, in which it will be automatically selected in the Add New form on the main screen.

Keyword Manager

Using keywords is a simple way to categorize or organize your time entries, which is especially useful when using the search function for reporting on your time utilization.  Example keywords might be as shown:

Any word can be defined as a keyword, and rigorous use of keywords when adding time entries helps to keep your time tracking on-track.  For example, if your boss wants to know how many hours you spent working on Project X, you can instantly give a report of what dates, times, and how many hours were spent on Project X.

Summary

And that's about it for this overview.  If you have any questions or are experiencing problems, feel free to hit me up with the Contact link down below. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Posted: 2024-03-01
By: dwirch
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