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Task Management with Categories for Smoother Workflows and Enlightening Reports

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:07:03 +0000

Task management is one of the core features available in our online project management software, Intervals. We’ve built a comprehensive set of tools around managing task workflows. With attributes like status, priority, and history, Intervals is perfectly suited for projects where a simple checklist of to dos simply won’t do. One task management feature unique […]

Intervals and California’s Thomas Fire

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:05:51 +0000

Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are currently experiencing one of the largest wildfires in California’s history — the Thomas Fire. The fire will not impact your Intervals account in any way. Our data center is physically located in Dallas, Texas, far away from any immediate threat and our infrastructure is redundant. You can learn more […]

Introducing FreshBooks Integration for Invoices

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:43:39 +0000

We’re happy to announce that Intervals now integrates with FreshBooks, enabling you to copy an invoice to your FreshBooks account. Create advanced invoices containing detailed time tracking data and easily copy invoices over to FreshBooks to avoid double entry. To get started, click to view an invoice and then click the FreshBooks icon in the upper right corner. […]

Intervals in Top 4 Project Management Tools for Marketers by G2 Crowd

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:36:59 +0000

We are proud to share that Intervals has recently been listed in the Top 4 Project Management Tools for Marketers by G2 Crowd, a software review web site. Here is what they have to say about Intervals: In the marketing project management software space, four products have taken the cake as the Most Likely to […]

How to Manage the Life Cycle of a Task

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:36:08 +0000

One of the first steps in developing any web project is to break down the scope of work into manageable tasks. The outcome of this process should be a grouped and sorted list of tasks that your team will work through until the project is complete. Once you’ve got that list, how do you manage the […]

3 reasons why task management and time tracking belong together

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:40:58 +0000

When it comes to improving workflows, productivity, and billing, most people agree that task management and time tracking are the two most utilized features. Task management guides us through the details of getting the project completed. And time tracking captures the hours the project required. Some agencies, however, will only utilize one of the two […]

Intervals declared a “Top Performer” by

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:57:42 +0000

If you’ve ever had to research project management software, you know the number and diversity of available software options can be overwhelming. Assuming the software meets your minimum feature requirements, fits your workflow, and has great customer support, how do you make the final choice? There is no one end-all-be-all answer to this question. However, […]

Effective workplace communication — Where to start?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:24:37 +0000

“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” —Will Rogers When I was first introduced to the world of software development (with very little experience), I knew I had found my calling. I started working in Quality Assurance (QA) and LOVED it. I knew this was what I was meant to do. I […]

How to Make Your Agency Recession Proof

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:25:00 +0000

Recessions come and recessions go. They are a very natural part of a healthy economy and business cycle — a cleansing of sorts or a reset on industries and values. If you look at it historically they occur on average about every 5-8 years and they last between 8-18 months. In fact, the average duration of the last 11 […]

Zen and the art of Cat Therapy

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:14:27 +0000

We spend most of our time working…constantly on the move and barely making time to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ It’s an old saying, but unfortunately not a new problem we all seem to battle. Typically we look to have fun outside of work life; but it’s equally important to have fun with the people […]

Top 10 Sites for Hiring Freelancers

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:11:52 +0000

In a previous post we shared the importance of gig labor and some tips on how to manage gig workers. In this followup post we’ve put together our list of helpful sites for hiring gig workers: UPWORK Find freelancers from every category imaginable. Search for writers, programmers, translators, engineers, virtual assistants, and more. Freelancer […]

The Age of Independence in the Gig Economy

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:13:24 +0000

Gig Labor: a job or a performance that is usually one time or short term Gig Economy: a growing workforce of independent and part time contractors, and the economy that relies on them. The definition of a gig worker is as broad and as simple as the part time UBER driver making some extra money […]

4 tips for building a culture of tracking time

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:16:51 +0000

Time tracking is in the DNA of the Intervals team because of the value it brings to the team and business. One benefit to being a professional services company that bills hourly is that you don’t have to carry inventory in the hopes of selling it. However, it does not mean we don’t have inventory. […]

Modernizing the Intervals Logo

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:05:12 +0000

On the tail of Intervals’ recent interface overhaul we’ve also modernized our logo. Why? Because, Software as a Service has evolved in the 11 years, and so has Intervals since launching over 11 years ago. Nobody, including ourselves, could have envisioned the software landscape we inhabit today. Our original brand was our best attempt at […]

Introducing a New Interface: Modernistic

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:23:26 +0000

“I really like the new user interface. It’s a much-welcomed update.” —Michael “The updates look great! Definitely a fresh look and feel.” —Tony “Really love the new interface!” —Nathan We’re excited to introduce the new “Modernistic” interface design for Intervals, our task, time, project management software. Our new look is based on several months of […]

How time tracking can increase team communication and boost productivity

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:38:23 +0000

When working with your team, has a task taken longer than expected? Everyone feels it, yet hesitates to say anything because no one wants anyone to feel bad that it’s taking so long? Upon trying to dig in, explanations are unclear and discussions around it start to feel more and more awkward and to be honest, […]

Modernizing the Intervals Time, Task, & Project Management UI

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:59:27 +0000

We launched Intervals just over ten years ago. Since then, the software has steadily grown into the full featured online project management software that it is today. And with customers all around the world, we get a lot of positive feedback — our customers have been indispensable in helping us decide which features to add, and […]

Introducing QuickBooks Online Integration for Invoices

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:27:36 +0000

We’re happy to announce that Intervals now supports QuickBooks Online integration, which allows you to copy an invoice to your QuickBooks online account. Easily copy your invoices over to QuickBooks to avoid entering invoices twice. To get started, click to view an invoice and then click the QuickBooks icon in the upper right corner. If it’s your […]

Drag, Drop, and Slide Tasks on the Calendar

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:25:27 +0000

We recently launched a revamped task calendar to make it easier to visualize your tasks. We also made the calendar more interactive. Now, you can drag, drop, and slide tasks on the calendar to quickly and easily reschedule them. Drag and Drop Need to shift a task out into the future? Move it back into the past? Grab […]

Introducing the Visual Project Dashboard

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:15:54 +0000

The next time you log in to your Intervals account you’ll notice the new Dashboard tab at the top of the screen. After brainstorming and researching several new feature ideas with our customers, we kept circling back to the same basic need.  Customers want visual tools that can give them answers quickly and accurately. The visual project […]

Introducing the New Task Calendar

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:03:56 +0000

We’re excited to introduce our newest feature, a spanning view of the task calendar. We based this new look on feedback from customers asking for a more visual representation of their current task schedule. This new feature provides an easy-to-use visual schedule of tasks that lets users know, at a glance, when tasks start and end, and which […]

Sneak Peek of the Visual Dashboard for Projects

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:52:26 +0000

One of Intervals’ core strengths has always been reporting. Intervals has an abundance of visual graphs and charts sprinkled throughout the software. For example, the project dashboard can be referenced to see how a project is progressing. And there are several reports for visualizing time tracking data. More recently, however, customers have been asking for something […]

Sneak Peek of the New Task Calendar

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:54:20 +0000

We’ve been working on a few new Intervals features and wanted to take a break from the design and development process to give you all a sneak peek. Coming soon, we’ll be launching a new view for the task calendar. Here is a recent screenshot of how it’s looking. The goal for this new feature […]

Introducing Xero Integration for Invoices

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:03:24 +0000

We’re happy to announce that Intervals now supports the ability to export an invoice to a Xero friendly CSV file. Easily copy your invoices over to Xero by importing the file into the popular online accounting software and avoid entering invoices twice. To get started, click to view an invoice and save it as a Xero formatted […]

Adopting Online Project Management Software in 2016

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:40:32 +0000

Small businesses are continuing the upward trend of adopting online project management software into their workflow. The challenge is to sift through the myriad of online offerings to find the right software that provides the right blend of features — everything from task management and time tracking to resource allocation and reporting. Not sure what features […]

Intervals Spring Update

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 22:28:50 +0000

Our latest project management updates include the drag & drop document uploads, Google drive integration, Slack integration, uptime status page, and continual speed improvements. Read on to find out more… Drag & Drop Document Uploads The ability to upload supporting documentation to projects, milestones, and tasks has always been a core Intervals feature. We’ve streamlined the […]

Command line time tracking with Python and the Intervals API

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:28:34 +0000

I ride my bike to work daily and log my mileage using a GPS and Strava. I ride the exact same route to work in the morning, and the same route home in the evening. A few months ago, the tedium of tracking every single commute was starting to take the fun out of it. The web […]

5 Reasons Why Task Management and Time Tracking go Hand in Hand

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:21:20 +0000

Most creative agencies understand that time tracking data is a critical component in managing projects more efficiently and in making better business decisions. And, when an agency embraces time tracking to the point they track time on individual tasks, they end up with a trove of detailed, indispensable data. To demonstrate how valuable this data can be, […]

Intervals Winter Update

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:08:04 +0000

Our latest updates include the Resource Allocation report, Task Snapshot report, multi-day calendar notes, and Kanban Board. Plus, we want to share how your support has made possible our partnership with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and 1% For The Planet. We’ve also made several speed improvements. Read on to find out more… The Resource […]

Resource Allocation Report Launched

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:26:10 +0000

The Intervals team has launched the final updates to the project management Resource Allocation Report. Since its initial beta launch, we’ve spent several weeks testing the report with our customers. These recent updates reflect the most commonly requested improvements. This new report is has been one of the most requested features for our project management software. […]

Project Management Software for Web Designers

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:53:36 +0000

Online project management software comes in many different flavors. Finding the right project management software can be overwhelming. With so many to choose from, how can you be sure you’ve found the best fit for your agency? You can’t. But, you can make the selection process easier. Focus on the features first We’ve interviewed customers and asked […]