RescueTime Help & Support

What RescueTime Triggers and Actions are Supported?

Supported Triggers#

  • New Daily Summary Report - Triggers when a new daily summary is available
  • New FocusTime Session Start - Triggers when a new FocusTime session is started
  • New Alert - Triggers when one of your RescueTime alerts goes off.
  • New Highlight Event - Triggers when a new daily highlight event is posted
  • New FocusTime Session End - Triggers when a FocusTime session finishes.
  • New Weekly Summary Report - Triggers when a new weekly summary is available

Supported Actions#

  • Log a Highlight Event - Creates a new highlight or action log entry. Highlight events show up as a list of accomplishments in your reports. Action events are similar, but they can be grouped and categorized as well. Requires RescueTime Premium
  • Start or Stop a FocusTime Session - Starts or stops a FocusTime session. Requires RescueTime Premium
  • Log Offline Time - Adds offline time to your RescueTime account for the specified amount of minutes.

How to Get Started with RescueTime

About RescueTime's Integration#

  • Paid/versioned account: Free or Paid
  • Custom field support: N/A
  • Partner’s documentation: N/A

Connecting with RescueTime#

You can use Zapier to add extra functionality to your RescueTime alerts. RescueTime Alerts are notifications that are delivered after you spend a configurable amount of time on an application (Microsoft Word), website (, category of activity (Email), or productivity level (“very productive” time).

1. Make sure you have some alerts#

To get started using your alerts with Zapier, you’ll need to have some alerts configured. You can set these up at


Once you have some alerts set up, you’re ready to connect your RescueTime account to Zapier.

2. Create a zap, and choose RescueTime as the trigger app#

Choose RescueTime as the trigger app, then select the “New Alert” trigger. You can filter the alerts that will trigger the zap in a later step.


3. Choose a Action app#

Choose one of the many Zapier apps that you would like to take an action in when your alert is triggered. Once you have done that, choose an appropriate action for that app. (Example: Send an email after a new alert is sent)

4. Connect Zapier to your RescueTime account#


This should be quick and easy. On the Zap setup screen, click “Connect a RescueTime Account”, then follow the prompts and click “Authorize” when you get to the RescueTime authorization screen.


If everything worked you'll be redirected back to Zapier and your RescueTime account will be connected!

You can continue setting up your Zap at this point.

Common Problems with RescueTime

Offline Time is recorded differently inside of RescueTime relative to the times I am sending#

If you already have events that are recorded inside of the RescueTime app in the timeslot that you pass to the Log Offline Time action, then the already recorded logged entries will take precedence over the offline time you are attempting to log.

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