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Fast access to the previous month's time report in Harvest

*This article shows you how to use Keyboard Maestro to automatically access your Harvest timesheet report for the previous month. Enjoy!*

At the beginning of each month, I invoice Makalu’s clients for the work we did in the previous month. We track our time at Harvest, and in order to see how many hours need to be invoiced I go to their website and click on “Report”→”Month”→”Left Arrow”. All in all, four steps.

Being lazy, I’d like to reduce this to one step.

With the help of our system administrator and unix wizard, Niall O Broin, I created a Keyboard Maestro macro that executes the following shell script, resulting in Safari opening the right URL to access the full report for the previous month. (Niall complained that OS X’s *date* function was trickier to deal with than the GNU function. Whatever.)

open -a /Applications/$(date -v -1m -v -$(date +%d)d -v +1d +%Y%m%d)&till=$(date -v -$(date +%d)d +%Y%m%d)&kind=month

If you use this script, you’ll want to replace the “makalu” in the URL with your own company’s unique identifier at Harvest.

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