Our series on time management for small business continues today with a look at a very cool productivity app that is gaining recognition across the web. I first heard of RescueTime from a co-worker here at Webs who says that it’s incredibly helpful — now that he’s gotten over the shock of seeing how much time he actually spends on email every day.
The purpose of the RescueTime application is to help you see where you are spending all of your time — the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can measure your time automatically on the computer, and also manually track your time spent doing other things. The application, downloaded from the internet, hangs out in the background on your computer and tracks your time spent on email, on various websites, and even on documents to help you understand how your time is being spent in reality — not in your own [possibly rose-colored] vision of yourself.
Once you see where you’re starting from, you can set goals for yourself based on the behaviors you think are holding you back. You can track yourself whenever you like, and download reports to keep a record of where you’ve been, and how far you’ve come over time.
You can also encourage yourself by setting congratulatory pop-ups for time spent being productive, and alerts to let yourself know when you’ve been enjoying a little too much Facebook time.
For those of us who are not great at constant self control and personal management, you can even ask RescueTime to block the websites you can’t resist for a specified amount of time – leaving you no choice but to get your work done.
This tool is available in Lite (free), Pro ($9/mo), and Teams (starts at $15/mo).
Have you tried this or any similar tools for managing and monitoring your time? Do you think it would be useful to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
From The Time Management Series:
Real Time Management Strategies From Real People
Spend Less Time on Social Media: Pagemodo Posts
Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners [INFOGRAPHIC]
How To Stay Fit While You Work: Ideas For Small Business Owners
How To Stop Procrastinating: Tips For Getting Unstuck
Don’t Worry, Be Happy: It’s Good For Your Business!
Save Time on Social: Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter
4 Big Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners
Improve Your Efficiency Through Total Inbox Zen