I’ve just signed up for RescueTime, which is a time management application that sits on your computer and monitors your activity and provides reports on your productivity. You start by indicating which activities you consider productive and which non-productive and it uses this information to rate your activity as you go along. You can also set up alerts if you spend more than a certain amount of time doing something unproductive.
As I said, I’ve just started, so I am not sure if this really is going to have an impact on my own productivity, but I thought it sounded like a useful application and was worth trying out with the current 50% discount which got me a 1 year for $36.
If it turns out to be useful, I’ll be upgrading to a business account and setting it up on all the computers. I don’t want to go all “Big Brother” on the staff – no one has given us any reason to worry – but I do think it’s important to see how much time is being spent on what activities/applications. Besides giving insight into individual productivity, it will also be a good way to evaluate the applications you are using and to see if you may need to replace some with more effective/efficient applications.
Click here to check out RescueTime via my referral link
& get 50% off (good until 6 January 2012)
Have you tried RescueTime or another time management application? How has it worked for you?