When your computer is idle for a period of time (by default 5 minutes), Chrometa will stop recording active computer time, because you may be on the phone, or off to a meeting.
When you return to your computer, Chrometa will ask you if you'd like to log the time while you were away.
How to Log Away Time
When you get back to your PC after being away, you'll see this popup:
To log your time, enter a description in the text box (the Phone Call, Meeting, Lunch buttons are there as clickable text shortcuts). Then click Log It!
Or, you can defer annotation for later by clicking Not Now. This time entry will still be captured, but it will not have a description - only a time, date, and duration.
Viewing Away Time
Your Away Time entries can be found at the bottom of the Unbilled Time section located on the Time - Summary screen.
They are also visible from the Time - Timeline screen, listed there in chronological order with your computer time entries.
Splitting Away Time Entries
To split an Away Time entry, mouse over the entry itself, and click the Split Time button that appears towards the right.
This popup will appear - move the slider to the left or right to allocate time to the first or second segment.
You can only split an entry into two parts - but you can split the subsequent entries again.
Categorizing Away Time to Your Timesheet
Away Time can be categorized in the same manner as Computer Time. Click the checkbox at the start of the entry, then select the Project you want to move the entry to from the Move To Project dropdown menu.
Away Time Settings
By default, Chrometa will start logging Away Time after 5 minutes of computer inactivity. You can modify this threshold by adjusting the the Tracking Settings, located under the Options menu (Preferences on Mac) on the time collector itself.
Chrometa Options - PC
Chrometa Preferences - Mac
Turning Off the Reminder Popups
Want to get rid of the Away Time reminder? Go to Options/Preferences again, and uncheck the final checkbox, "Remind me to log away time when returning to my computer."
Your Away Time will still be captured automatically - you just won't be prompted to log it immediately upon returning to your computer. You can log it after the fact by annotating the entry from the main Time interface.
Adding a Manual Entry
You can add a manual entry by clicking the + button in the horizontal toolbar available from the top of the Time - Summary and Time - Timeline views.
Manual entries are ideal for time entries that are not reflected in your Computer or Away Time. You can annotate, categorize, and add them to your timesheet in the same manner as an automatically captured entry.