Time tracking tools are very helpful to your time management efforts, because they help you see how you spend your time, as well as helping you manage it going forward.
In my blog titled ”Time and Energy Tracking Tool to Boost Your Productivity” I wrote about Juice, an app from Mindbloom that looks at your time usage in conjunction with your energy levels.
In response to that post, a couple of people shared time tracking tools that they use, so I thought I would highlight two of them today.
Time Tracking Tools: 2 Possibilities
Two of the time tracking tools that readers mentioned to me were RescueTime and Time Doctor. Both offer free and paid versions, both are computer-based, and both will give you a much fuller picture of how you are spending your on-line time now.
RescueTime begins its time tracking enterprise with the question, “Am I really spending my days the way I want to?” The answer, as you might imagine, can be very revealing.
The free version (RescueTime Lite) offers good, baseline time tracking so that you can know as much as possible about how you spend your on-line time. Here’s how they describe what this tool does, once you’ve set it up:
RescueTime automatically records your time spent on websites and in different applications. Even more, activities are automatically grouped into categories so you can see how much time you spend doing different types of activities. You can customize any of our default categorizations, of course.
Time Doctor offers a feature that I was especially interested in: it allows for tracking of time spent focused on priority items. Here’s what they say about this feature on their site:
Priorities: The major feature of Time Doctor that is not available in other software is the priority feature and the ability to know how much of the day a person is focusing on their priorities. It’s one thing to reduce wasted time, this is a big benefit, but an additional and probably greater benefit is having your team focus on their priorities and knowing exactly what priorities they are focusing on.
Time Tracking Tools: How do YOU Keep Track?
I find the time tracking possibilities offered by these tools to be very intriguing and am pleased to be able to highlight them for you today.© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.