We recently updated the Toggl Button again – here’s five reasons why you need it in your life.

Toggl Button is our Chrome browser extension that lets you start and stop the Toggl timer without switching windows. It also integrates with over 75 other online tools, including Trello, Asana and Google Calendar.

But there’s more to the Button than just starting and stopping your timer. Here are five nifty things it can do to save you some of that precious time:

 

1 – It reminds you to track your time

Tracking reminders are one of our most common feature requests, even though we’ve had them in Toggl Desktop apps since dinosaurs walked the Earth.

But if you’re not using desktop apps, Toggl Button also offers reminders. You can use the cogwheel in the extension to bring up the settings – simply check the box where it says “tracking reminders”.

You’ll also be able to customise your reminders, so for example if you don’t wish to be bombarded with notifications outside your working days you can simply disable them for the weekend.

 

2 – It remembers when you forget to stop your timer

So you get up from your computer to get some coffee. Before you know it, you’re in deep discussing dinner plans with a coworker and by the time you get back to your desk you have no idea when you stopped working.

Luckily, Toggl Button can detect when you’re not using your computer. When “Idle detection” is enabled, the Button will ask you if you wish to discard your idle time when you start working again. You’ll also have the option to keep working under the same time entry, but scrapping the interruption.

 

3 – It can continue tracking with a single click

In earlier versions of Toggl Button, you had to fill in your time entry details every time you started the timer (unless you started it form a task in another tool). This of course wasn’t an ideal solution.

Now, if you need to stop a timer for your bathroom break, you can simply pick the last time entry you had running with the Button and spare your fingers the extra typing! Simple? Yes, but genius.

 

4 – It has a Pomodoro mode for better productivity

The Pomodoro technique is based on a theory that humans are most productive when working in 25 minute bursts, separated by 5 minute breaks.

Obviously, you’ll need a tool to help you count the intervals. When you enable Pomodoro mode in the Button’s settings, you’ll receive regular reminders to take breaks:

toggl button pomodoro mode

Also, you can customise the duration of your work sprints to fit your specific workflow.

5 – It starts and stops automatically

If you wish, you can set the Toggl Button to start tracking your latest task whenever you open Chrome, or stop whenever you close your browser.

The last option is super handy if you often find yourself leaving work in a hurry and wish to avoid all those pesky 8-hour reminder emails.

 

The Toggl Button has come a long way since its launch a few years back and we hope to make it greater still. If you have any ideas and suggestions for new features, drop us a line in the comments below.

Or if you’re a developer, keep in mind that Toggl Button is open source – feel free to fork the project on GitHub and submit your own pull request!

 

P.S. For those of you not using Chrome – stay foxy. *wink-wink*