Why build a Toggl integration at all?
To be completely honest I don’t use Toggl or any time tracking service, I haven’t had the need for time tracking for at least five years. It’s one of the reasons why Sprout Invoices was so slow to include time tracking, “I just didn’t get it” and I wanted to make sure I built something people would enjoy using. During the process of interviewing Sprout Invoice customers on what they needed out of time tracking Toggl was mentioned a lot.
The Toggl is an awesome tool, fully featured and it offers something that we can’t build right now — native desktop and mobile apps.
I really think a service like Toggl, with it’s open API and a seamless integration, can improve the Sprout Invoices workflow for anyone requiring time tracking without complication things by juggling SI and another service. For that reason it’s why this integration came to be.
If you’re not familiar with Toggl, I can wait, I should have convinced you already to go check it out…I’ll wait…It’s really an inspiring service for it’s user experience and design.
How does the integration work?
It’s rather simple. Enter your API key and select the Toggl Workspace. Enter your time within Toggl and/or SI and the two can be synced up.
- Projects created within Sprout Invoices can be instantly created at Toggl.
- Time logged within Sprout Invoices can be instantly created at Toggl.
- Time logged at Toggl can be imported into the associated Sprout Invoice project.
- Imported time will allow for an assigned activity.
Example below shows the creation of a new project within Sprout Invoices:
…and the project instantly created within Toggl:
Time logged within Toggl…
…can be imported to the Sprout Invoices project.
Finally time logged in Sprout Invoices can be instantly added to Toggl…
I admit we could do a lot more but I would like to hear from you all first. If you’re a Toggl user please let us know how we can improve the integration, and if you’re not what’s holding you back.
Note: If you’re not familiar with how easy it is to create invoices from your tracked time, from Toggl or not, checkout the release post.