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If you don’t know how you’re spending your time on the computer, chances are you could be wasting a lot of it.
RescueTime is a free utility (for Mac or PC) that tracks exactly how you spend time on your computer. You simply sign up for the service, download the app, set it, forget it, and at the end of every week the service will send you an email saying exactly how productive you were. You can then log onto the company’s website to see detailed stats on precisely where your time went, and the service even presents you with a productivity score that shows you how productive you were (mine is 60%).
Above are a few screenshots of the service in action. And there isn’t a catch – if you want some fancier features (like the ability to block websites, and productivity alerts) you can pay $6 a month, but the free version of RescueTime should be more than enough for most people.
The app is light-weight, free, and totally worth installing (I’ve been using it for years). Highly recommended.