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Make it possible to pause a task

Sometimes when I'm in then middle of a task I get a phone call which I time as well. After this phone call I would like to be able to pick one of the previous tasks and continue that one without having to enter the tag and the comment again.

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      • Zachary Kent commented  · 

        Unfortunately it will likely not see the light of day. This feature has been "planned" for many years now. The author has moved on.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Yes! So glad to see this is planned. I hope it's in active development, too. I would become a paid user if this was available. For my context, I use what slim timer calls "tasks" as projects and tags to denote the task (I suppose I could do this the other way around, but projects are static and tasks change, so I like having that list that pops up be my project list). Either way, without a pause, all the task/tag/notes are cleared when stop is pressed. For this to be really useful, as others have said, it need to retain that info when stopped and only cleared manually (to account for breaks, distractions, etc). THanks for working on this.

      • Zachary Kent commented  · 

        I have gotten around this by making a task called "personal", I click it when I have to step out for something non-billable. I put a note in the entry of what I was doing. I tag my tasks based on client so I can run report on a client tag and the personal entries are ignored but maintained for tracking.

      • Matthew Fallshaw commented  · 

        Anonymous, you don't get any tag or comment from the old entry on the new entry. "Pause" would preserve these things.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        user can simply stop the task by clicking on the current running one and can start when restarts again.... if you run the report you get the total count of that task as single item. it's same as pause.

      • Zachary Kent commented  · 

        My wife is an attorney in they are required by the state bar to bill in 1/10s of an hour (6 minute increments). So she has a system of what most things "cost" the client. 2/10th is a typical phone call, 1/10th if she gets answering machine and leaves a message, etc. I thought you were referring to something similar.

      • applemcg commented  · 

        zachary k, no, i'm in the technology sector, have had two brothers at the bar, and did some work _years_ ago on office automation for a boston law firm. in the past, i made my own "tc" (as in Time Clock) command as a unix shell. it was as simple at slimtimer, but not nearly so effective, since s.t. has tags and oodles of reports. suitable use of tag names and you can generate just about any slice and dice report you want.

        explain the 2/10 = call, 1/10 = leave a message, sounds intriguing. -- really.

      • Zachary Kent commented  · 

        Applemcg, are you an attorney by any chance? 2/10's for a phone call...1/10 for leaving a message....

      • applemcg commented  · 

        rather than "pause" a task, how about a "push-pop" model. e.g. after the phone call, check the appropriate box for the interrupting task, and enter the number of units, where user has set a preference for seconds, min/10, minutes, ... it takes the activity off the critical path. e.g. i don't want to pause a task while answering the phone.

      • Zachary Kent commented  · 

        I'm sure many of your users are programmers -- I am. Need some help? :) Just sayin.

      • Debstj commented  · 

        This feature would be very helpful.

      • Maricela Ramirez commented  · 

        That would be great.....this would come in handy since I get a lot of interruptions

      • JEB commented  · 

        Nice addition when you get it done - thanks for a great product!

      • Brian commented  · 

        Awesome idea and one I could immediately.

      • Peter Steinbrueck commented  · 

        Give me the time tracking functionality of the freshbooks iPhone app on Android an I'll drop freshbooks. Specially: keep track of multiple timers, switch from one to the other, and sync at the end of the day when I say so.

      • Malka commented  · 

        This would be great- making it possible to pause a job.
        Otherwise, thanks for a great program!

      • matthew.fallshaw commented  · 

        joshcoady, you can just click the task you want - slim'll automatically switch you to that task… but that's not what the rest of us are looking for. Enter a comment while on Task A, click to Task B, click back to Task A, and your comment is gone. We want an easy way to reuse comments, especially the last one we were using on that task.

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