Question: can I pause a punch, or can I pause the task that I'm currently working on?
Response: yes, but maybe not the way you thought. Read on for more details.
The question that I had is, "does XPunch have a pause feature?" In other words, can I be working on a task and then decide that "hey" and this is literally what the person said, "can I go walk a dog and then come back and then press unpause and resume my task from there? I would like to be able to do that in XPunch. How do I do that?"
And so, the answer is: right now we don't have any sort of official pause feature and we probably never will.
But, we will have something that does the same thing: that is, if you want to pause it's going to do precisely what you want—maybe even better, and that's in our medium-range planning right now at the moment.
But, in the meantime, I have a workaround that I would like to show you.
Here we see the interface. Let's say we want to punch into a task called "teleconference." So, we're just going to scroll down here to "teleconference" and punch in so that we're punched in, and then I'm just going to work on a teleconference for one minute.
After I have been working in a teleconference for the long duration of one minute (it felt like a really long telephone call), I'm going to take the dog out for a walk, and so what I do is I just press stop… out... right here. As you can see, there's no pause and I go off and I walk the dog for one minute.
Now, I'm back with the dog. We've gone out for a one-minute walk and the question originally—as you'll recall was—can I unpause that last task and just resume? Well yes, you can. All you do is you just punch back into the same task.
But, we have a cute little quick trick that will get you back in the same task that you were last using: just punch in as you did before. But watch what I do this time. This time I'm going to click on this little—I don't know—this lightning bolt. You might see it looks like a graphic here that says “last used.” Click on that, and watch what happens.
“Teleconference” is brought to the top of the list, in fact, what it does is it puts all of my last used tasks right here at the very top, making it very quick for me to sort of punch right back into the last task that I was using and save a whole lot of time.
So, I just punch right back in, and there I am doing the previous task after I had gone and walked the dog for a couple of minutes.
Now, if you would like a top-secret sneak peek at what we have going on in the labs right now in the medium term of projection for how we would like to address this issue and make your life even easier, I will show you that now.
So, this is something we're planning on doing in XPunch. Let's take a look. What we're going to do is allow people to click on a punch, and this little overflow menu icon—that's the thing with the three vertical dots—right now we have these choices that are on there. We're going to add another choice, which is going to be—I don't know what we're going to call it yet—but it'll be something like “duplicate and punch in” or something like that which will allow people to punch into the exact same punch of whatever punch they've chosen.
So, it would look at this and choose the same task, the same project, and even grab the subject (if you put in a subject) and copy that over and allow you to either punch into that exact same task live or to copy that punch to a different time so, if you've done a punch so for say, 30 minutes and you just like to recopy that you'll be able to do that. So, that's something that we're looking at doing in XPunch in the future, so hopefully, that little workaround that I showed you will get you through until we get you that feature out to you. It's a little workaround that allows you to quickly punch back into a punch by using that little graphic icon that you saw in XPunch, and that's it for now.