July 27, 2009
RescueTime is a personal productivity monitoring program intended to address time management as well as productivity and is available for both personal and team use. For individual users looking for a free time management tool, RescueTime Solo is the product to turn to. This application records how much time is actively spent on various programs and websites and records real-time information for review in a dashboard view. Users can customize their experience by categorizing productive vs. unproductive programs and sites. You can also set time management goals that can be triggered to set off alerts when not being met (or as a pat on the back when they are being met).
This program requires little user input, but can significantly impact user behavior and efficiency by simply shedding light on real trends — both positive and negative. Available reports that assist with identification of time management trends, pain points, and overall activity include:
- Most Utilized Site & Application Categories Report
- Active Time Vs. Downtime Report
- Active Time Review
- User Efficiency
- Positive & Negative Goal Status
For team use, a paid version of RescueTime is installed on workstations and can be run openly (RescueTime Empower) or discreetly (RescueTime Pulse) on user machines with the intent of tracking how user time is spent each day.
The RescueTime products allow administrators to review how a designated team or single employee spends the day, and can be set to perform monitoring during set days and hours or only for specified sites or distractions. No data entry is necessary since monitoring is performed automatically by the program, and setup requires no additional hardware or expenditures.
The openly run RescueTime Empower product allows all monitored users to view their own time management “timesheets,” as well as compare personal results to a limited view of an aggregate of information collected for colleagues with similar roles, from which specific user details are excluded. From annual trends to weekly or daily activity, RescueTime Empower presents all data in a simple, manageable view and allows users to see where exactly time, their most valuable resource, is spent. The application also allows for tracking of additional business activities such as telephone calls or meetings and allows alerts to be set up when personal goals are not being met.
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