The time tracker block is part of Airtable Blocks, a Pro plan feature. Blocks let you extend the functionality of your bases: you can use blocks to bring new information into Airtable, visualize and summarize your records in colorful ways, and even directly integrate your Airtable bases with your favorite apps.
The time tracker block allows you to measure the minutes or hours in a day spent on a specific task. You can also add collaborators to each task, giving you a high-level overview of how long your team is spending on a project.
Watch this video to learn more about how to set up and use a time tracker block, or read on for further information.
After you've added the time tracker block to your base, you'll need to adjust the settings.
Pick the table in which you'd like your records to be created using the Table dropdown menu; select a start date field. (The start date field must be configured as a date field.)
You have the option of designating a collaborator field. If you do this, the field you designate will automatically get filled in with the name of whichever collaborator starts the time tracker.
Then, choose your duration field (which must be configured as a number field) and duration unit—either minutes or hours.
When you're all set up, select Done. The fully configured time tracker block will have a big blue Start timer button in the middle. Clicking this button will start the timer.
This will create a new record with a value in the designated start time field. If you set up a collaborator field, the collaborator field will automatically fill in with the name of whichever collaborator started the timer (but you can change the collaborator later if you need to).
The timer will continue running even if you switch to a different base or leave Airtable. If you select Expand record you can add and edit fields associated with your tracked record.
You can also pause your session by clicking on the yellow pause button.
Click the End timer button when you're ready. This will stop the timer and add a value into the designated duration field. If you didn't add project details earlier, you can now with titles, links, and checkboxes to designate whether or not you've completed the task at hand.