ZEI by Timeular is a beautifully designed 8-sided device that makes time tracking a tangible process. It’s a cool looking octagon that tracks your day-to-day activities in the hopes of making you more efficient. ZEI’s wireless connectivity allows its users to integrate with leading time-tracking software solutions (Toggl, Harvest, Basecamp, etc.). The best part about this digital polygon device: It’s fun to use and it provides weekly feedback on time management. With a simple flip you change from one task to the other and at the end of week, you’re provided a detailed snapshot breaking down time spent on e-mails, conferences, social media, you name it.
Estimated to save its users close to $3,500 a year by learning how to allocate time more efficiently throughout the day, ZEI tracks work flow seamlessly. In other words, users can control time tracking within seconds and can add entries immediately without losing focus by having to open an application.
ZEI is customizable allowing its user to either write or place stickers on each one of its eight sides. This clearly identifies the user’s projects. Through Timeular’s software, users can immediately start tracking time just by positioning the polygon face up on the corresponding project. For example, if you are about to head into a manager’s meeting, just flip your “meeting” side face up to start tracking time. When you return and get back to attacking e-mails, just flip ZEI to the e-mail side. This is how ZEI keeps track of your day-to-day activities. At the end of the week, you’ll get a report showing you how much time you spent on e-mails and meetings.
I know what’s your thinking: Am I going to remember to turn this device off or forget to switch it to the appropriate side? Since ZEI has a mobile app listing your daily projects, you can easily stop the clock as well as edit tasks on the go. Oh, by the way, ZEI is an object on your desk not a cloud-based app. It has a physical presence ensuring that your client is billed that one hour of Skype time.
Cliché alert: time is money and as the Founders of Timeular so eloquently put it, “Time is the most valuable thing we have.” ZEI is a device that not only works with the majority of time tracking solutions (Android and iOS compatible); but more importantly, its pro version analyzes your weekly data and offers suggestions on how to better manage your time. The pro version is free for the 1st year and only $3 per month thereafter. Well worth the upgrade. From personal weekly productivity reports to personal productivity recommendations, ZEI provides a detailed but simple summary so you can bill your clients accordingly.
How difficult is set up? According to Timeular, all you need to get started is the device, a pen, a set of stickers, and the apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux. Outside of the applications, it sounds like set up is as easy as a 7th grade home economics project. Through Timeular’s proprietary software, you’ll be able to assign a project to each face of the polygon, and immediately being tracking how much time you’re spending on a task. This is something we could all use. ZEI is ideal for the multi-tasker and the person who needs a physical reminder to move onto the next task.
Timeular has created a truly innovative product that is beneficial to the masses. Who doesn’t need help with time management? In this attention-challenged world where digital distractions are everywhere, this product can only be described as revolutionary. With an initial crowdfunding pledge goal of $84K there is no wonder ZEI’s backing has reached $177K.