Logging Time Using the Activity Feed

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How to log time automatically from the Activity Feed

The My Work view in Tempo Timesheets provides a complete overview of your activities where you can view all of your daily work, including activities from integrations such as your Google and Office 365 calendars, Jira, or VS Code. You can easily log your day’s complete events and activities using our advanced automation tool, the Activity Feed, with just a single click of the Log Activities button. To learn more, see Tempo Automation.

Check out this video to see how to log time to your activities, or follow the steps below:

Note

The Activity Feed is available only in the Calendar and List views of My Work.

Logging time to your activities

The main benefit of the Activity Feed feature is to provide you with a way to log your time quickly and easily. In cases where you’re working on a few different Jira issues and want to log time towards them, you no longer have to enter time for each issue in the Log Time form. This greatly speeds up your time logging process. You can log time to activities as well as edit or delete as you wish.

To log time to activities:

  1. Go to My Work My_Work__1_.jpg and select the Calendar or List view from the top right.

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  2. Make sure that your providers are connected to My Work and active. Currently, you can connect your Google Calendar, Office 365 Calendar, and the VS Code app - see Connecting and Filtering Your Activity Providers.

  3. As you work on Jira issues, work in your code in Visual Studio, or add events to your Calendars, activity event cards are automatically added to My Work to reflect your activities.

  4. In My Work, go to the day where you want to log time.

  5. Under Activities, hover over the individual activity card and click the check mark to log time to it. Once you log time, the activity card becomes a time record.

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  6. To log time to all your Activities at once, click the Log Activities button. This button does not log time to incomplete activities or plans. As you continue to work after logging all activities, the Log Activities button becomes enabled again.

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  7. To filter the display of activity cards from the different providers, see Connecting and Filtering Your Activity Providers.

Note

All-day events will only appear as activity cards with the Basic calendar connection.

Editing an activity before logging time to it

If you want to make any changes to the information about an activity, such as the duration or the issue, click its Edit edit_icon.jpg icon.

Changes you make to your calendar activities in My Work won't be reflected in your external calendars.

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Note

If you are working on two Jira issues simultaneously and one of them is a calendar event, the calendar event will take priority.  To view the second activity, you need to delete the first activity. For example, let’s say you have a meeting (CLOUD-47), and while attending that meeting you comment on a Jira issue (LAB-40): only CLOUD-47 will be displayed in My Work. If you want LAB-40 to be shown in that time slot, you’ll have to delete CLOUD-47.

Deleting activities

To delete an activity card, click its Delete icon.

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A notification will pop up at the bottom right of My Work with the option to undo the deletion.

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Deleting calendar activity cards in My Work does not delete them in your external calendars.

What are incomplete activities?

My Work flags activities with missing required fields and information as incomplete activities in an effort to save you as much time as possible from having to manually log time. The required fields are defined by the administrator. These incomplete activities contain an attention icon in the Activity card that you can hover over to view which required work attribute(s) or information you’re missing.

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To log time to an incomplete activity:

  1. Click the Edit icon on an activity card that has an attention icon. The Log Time form pops up.

  2. Enter the missing information, such as the Jira issue. Tempo Automation will provide intelligent suggestions based on previously logged time/activities if you’re missing the Jira issue key.

  3. Select Log time to confirm.

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If you don’t want to see incomplete activities (activities that require additional info before logging), you can toggle the Display Incomplete Activities option in the Filter to disable it.

Note

The Inactive label only appears next to calendar service providers (Google and Office 365 calendars) because those are connections that Tempo can readily establish. Plugins (VS Code) will not have this label because Tempo can’t tell if a user is actively connected or not.

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