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Automating Boring Time Sheets with Python

Time sheets. The bane of my life. It’s something I know I’ve got to do, and obviously something I just put away. Somehow I’ve managed to not do months of time sheets. Months! Now I’ve got the finance department of my agency chasing me up to update the time sheets.

I’m currently starting to re-learn and play around with coding. Python, among many others. And what a perfect thing to start automating stuff that’s boring and that I really don’t enjoy doing.

So here’s a little bit of something, that if you too want to use to automate your time sheet filling, you can use. I’ve stripped out stuff that’s specific to my agency so it’s more generic. Hope it helps someone.

Let’s get coding!

First install BeautifulSoup with pip. This is what we’ll be using to scrape the right fields and enter the data we need.

pip install beautifulsoup4

Create a new python file, such as Then start with the following lines to import the BeautifulSoup and requests libraries.

Then create variables with your username and password. Then create a request session to login to the website. Use ‘inspect element’ on your browser to find the fields and their ID in the HTML. You may have to adjust the code to fit what you find in your time sheet website.

the job_number_field is where you can enter the job ID or job number for your project. And the monday_hours_field (and subsequent days) are where you can enter the number of hours worked on.

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

# Enter your login credentials
username = "your_username"
password = "your_password"

# Login to the website
session = requests.Session()
login_url = ""
login_data = {"username": username, "password": password}, data=login_data)

# Navigate to the time sheet page
timesheet_url = ""
timesheet_page = session.get(timesheet_url)

# Parse the HTML of the time sheet page
soup = BeautifulSoup(timesheet_page.content, "html.parser")

# Find the job number field and enter the job number
job_number_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "job_number"})
job_number_field["value"] = "123456"

# Find the number of hours field for Monday and enter the hours
monday_hours_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "monday_hours"})
monday_hours_field["value"] = "8"

# Repeat for the other days of the week
tuesday_hours_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "tuesday_hours"})
tuesday_hours_field["value"] = "8"

wednesday_hours_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "wednesday_hours"})
wednesday_hours_field["value"] = "8"

thursday_hours_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "thursday_hours"})
thursday_hours_field["value"] = "8"

friday_hours_field = soup.find("input", {"name": "friday_hours"})
friday_hours_field["value"] = "8"

# Submit the form
submit_button = soup.find("input", {"type": "submit"}), data=submit_button)

print("Time sheet submitted successfully!")

I could improve this code by adding a pop-up that comes up to enter the job number and the number of hours. But for now, this was enough for me.


👉 Github source code for this project