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RescueTime mention · September 17, 2018

The 10 Best Time Tracker Apps in 2019

People who track time spent working often do so because they need to create invoices for clients and get paid. Others track their time to have an accounting of how long different tasks take or to make sure that a flat-rate project doesn't cost more money to complete than...read more
RescueTime update · September 28, 2015

Erase All Distractions with FocusTime From RescueTime

Focusing at work has become harder and harder with email, chat, and other things in the office that may keep you from getting work done. Once you lose that focus, it can cost you valuable minutes to get it back. RescueTime offers a brand new feature called FocusTime, enabling you...read more
RescueTime mention · January 2, 2015

Device Magic, Intellinote and Social Pilot Now on Zapier

Ready to try a new app in the new year? Consider one of the latest three integrated with Zapier: form builder Device Magic, project management app Intellinote and social media scheduling tool Social Pilot. If those don't grab your interest, then RescueTime surely will as it's a brilliant...read more
RescueTime mention · November 21, 2014

How to Use RescueTime to Get Magnitudes More Done Each Week

Are you a morning person or a night person? How much time each week do you spend on social media? Or on YouTube? And do you know at what times you're most likely to slack off? Do you get more, or less, done after a big meal? Unfortunately, most...read more
RescueTime update · May 8, 2014

Stay on Task with RescueTime Alerts and Zapier

RescueTime helps users capture time lost by keeping tabs on their work productivity. Stumble onto Reddit and get stuck on the “Best of” page? RescueTime is there to nudge you to get back on track. The power is in your hands to control what websites are time wasters and how...read more
Matthew Guay
Written by Matthew GuayLast updated July 23, 2015

Time passes all too quickly. Answer a few emails, take several phone calls, rush into a meeting, and before you know it your work day is gone with little to show for it. Often your time goes to even less productive things: a push notification from Facebook leads you to a hilarious cat video, which reminds you of another video you wanted to share, and you've wasted an hour without even noticing it.

The internet's a distracting place, and even smaller work tasks can distract you from the larger projects and goals you need to accomplish. Worst of all, it's hard to notice where your time's actually gone—all you know is that it's the end of the day, and your to-do list is still packed with things to finish.

That's what time tracking apps are designed for, and RescueTime is one of the simplest to use. Instead of making you remember to turn on a timer when you start working—and log the time whenever you switch to another task—RescueTime just watches what you're doing on your computer throughout the work day. When you're answering emails, writing articles, crunching numbers, coding—or perhaps wasting time on social networks and news—RescueTime quietly takes note. It then decides which sites and apps are productive, and which are a time waste, and shows you a graph of how your time was spent that week.

It's an ingenious way to keep you more productive throughout the work day without taking any extra time to use. You'll just install the app and forget about it, then at the end of the week RescueTime will email to tell you how productive you've been. That should prompt you to be more productive next week, and cut out the sites and apps that are keeping you the most distracted.

RescueTime's classifications of apps and websites may be wrong; it might accidentally decide your company's website or collaboration tools are distracting when in fact it's the primary place you should be spending your time. If so, you can go through RescueTime's lists, marking your work apps and sites as important and tagging them with their purpose. Your logs will immediately reflect the changes, giving you a better picture of your productivity.

You'll get all of that with a free account, enough to help you see where your time is going and get inspired to do better next week. With a paid account, RescueTime can also block your most distracting websites and apps, to force you to be more productive during work hours. It'll also let you get a daily update on where your time has gone, and will let you add in details of how you spent your offline time—a great way to quantify the 2 hour gap in your work time for a meeting or client appointment.

Few of us are perfectly productive all the time. We each have our vices, those things that distract us from the real work we should be doing. RescueTime is a helpful assistant that can figure out what's going wrong in your work days, and help you be motivated to get more done each day. It won't magically free up your time, but it may guide you to what you'll need to do to free up your own time. And that's equally valuable.

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RescueTime helps you understand how you spend your time on the computer by automatically keeping a log of the time you spend on different applications and websites. Having an accurate idea of how you time is spent makes it easy to stay productive and balanced.