Whether it be to improve one’s productivity or ensuring billable hours are accurate, managing time is essential. And while most digital
and non-digital time tracking solutions offer lots of versatility, they usually take a lot of time to use effectively themselves, resulting in a loss of time in the long-term — something which is ultimately counter-intuitive.
Timeular, the team behind the ZEI time management tool currently funding on Kickstarter, is looking to change all that. The simple, octagonal device sports a wireless connection to the computer and proprietary software that allows users to assign a project (using labels or an erasable marker) to each face of the device. Like this, they can track time spent on a project by repositioning ZEI to the corresponding project face up or stop tracking by either changing it to another face or turning it off. This simple action shaves off lots of time from the process of managing time, especially since it Pro version is integrated with existing time tracking solutions like Toggl, Timeneye and many others for easier use. With its mobile app for use on the go and access to statistics and reports along with its compatibility with every major desktop and mobile platform and 1.5-year battery life, the ZEI is a full time tracking package in an easily digestible and small form factor. Each ZEI is going for about $97 and is expected to ship in April 2017 should its ~$82,000 goal is reached by October 26th, 2016.
The Zei is a supremely original idea. By making the act of time tracking physical in nature, it forms stronger habit-forming connections in the mind as well, making its use a smart decision with a variety of benefits. While mobile apps on smartphones and smartwatches allow for this type of time management, every little second counts. The ZEI effectively gives users back that lost time and money, a winning proposition for pretty much anyone.