RescueTime

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RescueTime review by Grace M.
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"Rescue Time: to keep yourself honest"

What do you like best?

I have been using Rescue Time for a couple of years. I like how the icon itself is discreet, but it keeps me honest about how I am using my time. It does a pretty good job organizing the types of sites and apps I visit, and it's easy to recategorize when something on my weekly report looks wrong.

What do you dislike?

The only real issue I have with Rescue Time is that it occasionally mis-characterizes sites I visit in a strange way. The longer I use it, though, the less frequently that seems to happen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have recommended Rescue Time to several friends and colleagues. Of the time tracking tools I've used, it has been the easiest and most stable. I'd give it a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rescue Time to keep myself on task and keep track of how i am spending my work hours. It's a productivity tool.

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RescueTime review by Brandon Z.
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"Understand how you're spending your time"

What do you like best?

RescueTime does an excellent job of keeping track of all your activities computer/web/phone activity thus giving you insight into how productive you've been.

Probably my favorite feature is the weekly email showing me how many hours I worked, and how many of those hours were productive. There are reasons why these numbers aren't completely reliable, but they provide a lot of insight.

What do you dislike?

This criticism isn't unique to RescueTime, but: Lots of times I'm working on a project and end up visiting many sites I've never been to before. Typically this is all counted as neither "distraction" nor "productive". Having a huge part of my week categorized as "neutral" isn't insightful. This doesn't always happen, but when it does there's really not an easy fix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd highly recommend tracking as much as you can, i.e.: Get the computer app, the browser extension, and the phone app. Completely immerse yourself tracking your time. It's not going to be a hassle once everything's setup, and you'll find out a lot about how you're using your time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Staying focused and managing my time. When you're aware of how much time you spend going various distracting things (netflix, amazon, mobile game) it's makes you reconsider how you should spend your time in the coming week.

What Time Tracking solution do you use?

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RescueTime review by Kyle W.
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"Tracking my waste for months!"

What do you like best?

I love how comprehensive RescueTime is. It tracks my time in all the programs, not just browser software, but it has a nice browser extension for chrome that provides all kinds of stats and lets me really understand where my time is going with great visuals.

What do you dislike?

How often it pushes updates. I just don't feel great about software that is constantly downloading a new version of itself to work. Outside of that, I don't think it's got many pitfalls. Sometimes it misclassifies things, for instance - I spend a lot of time on UPS sites as part of my job, but it was marking these as 'online shopping' - a "slightly distracting" category of pages, so until I discovered that, it skewed my actual results some. Correcting that type of thing is really simple though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

DO IT! This is excellent software. It changes the way you think about your time online.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to be less efficient with my time, but RescueTime helps me understand it better which leads me to manage it better. It also shows where I can make improvements to streamline the processes I'm involved with. If something is requiring more time than I expected, maybe it's worth looking to replace or work around so that I can use my time more effectively. There are days where I slack off still, but understanding more about my workload and workflow has really helped me develop professionally.

RescueTime review by Anne A.
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"Great metrics so long as they record accurately"

What do you like best?

Rescue Time works on a variety of devices from phones/tablets to computers. It has easy to install add-ons for Browsers as well. All of those things make it easy and efficient to track how you spend your time.

What do you dislike?

I found that the tracking was not always reliable, and given that I am relying on RescueTime to track my usage, this is a major drawback. For example, it only recorded me as using Powerpoint for 40 minutes when I was giving a 3-hour presentation. This may be because I wasn't actively modifying the presentation or perhaps because my presentation was on more than one screen, but it made me doubt how accurate Rescuetime is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try RescueTime out for a few weeks while also tracking your time more generally. Verify that it is accurately measuring your time and determine how best you plan to use its Metrics. While the metrics are detailed and valuable, some companies may try to use it to micromanage employees. That could lead to low morale or workarounds.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many jobs today require rapid multi-tasking and it can be difficult to understand how we spend our time. By tracking the amount of time we spend on email, various websites, etc., RescueTime makes it possible to figure out how to become MORE efficient. It is MOST useful for entrepreneurs or individuals working independently to track the amount of time they spend on productive vs. non productive websites and programs.

RescueTime review by Jakub C.
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"Truth about time"

What do you like best?

The best thing here is that you can't cheat it. This program says truth and only truth about what I am doing in front of my computer and it was surprisingly powerful experience as finally I was able to see in real numbers how much time am I wasting using social media or other things during the time I should work. It was much easier to get more productive simply by setting up a goal to have productivity pulse over 75% every week. It's a great motivator.

What do you dislike?

I don't really like design and interface - colors seems to be a bit muddy and not visually attractive. It's not a big deal though as this program is suppose to work in background and you see it's interface for short time only.

Interface is also not fully functional, it's hard to easly skip between categories while checking detailed time spent on them.

I also think that this program might not be that useful for people who for example do blogging, simply because Rescue Time has it's own system of qualifying sites as distracting or productive. If your job is about reading and writing blogs or something like that it would mean that you have to edit distraction level for each site to see real producitvity pulse.

I'm using free version of this program though and I'm not sure if these problems exist in premium version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend you to try this program if you have problem with your productivity. At first I didn't believe that simple time tracker would help me at all but it's a surprisingly great tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Suprisingly simple time tracker had a great influence on my productivity. It's one of few other tools I use to measure and organize my time.

RescueTime review by User in Higher Education
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"Essential software for tracking on-computer time and usage"

What do you like best?

Rescuetime runs in the background with minimal unnecessary interactions. It keeps track of what windows I'm working in, including what sites I visit. It gives me feedback whenever I want it to keep track of my productivity or to identify where I'm wasting time. It's customizable in terms of categories and how things are assigned to categories--e.g., for me, a certain program that would normally be considered a distraction is classified as physical exercise because I only use it while riding my bike.

What do you dislike?

It's minimally useful for keeping track of things offline / off computer. You can enter offline time manually, but there's no seamless integration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the free version to see how well it measures your on-computer time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to identify what I spend my time on; helps with efficiency. I used it while writing my dissertation to help me keep on track and ensure that I spent at least 6 hours per day in the writing/research category.

RescueTime review by Jennifer M.
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"Great productivity tool for freelancers "

What do you like best?

I like that Rescue Time tracks my computer usage throughout my work day. It tells me how long I spent on various websites, how long I spent typing in my Word files, how much time I waste on social media, etc. I also really like that they calculate your productivity score and display your stats in easy-to-read graphs.

What do you dislike?

A lot of websites are automatically classified as "uncategorized" and need to be manually changed to productive or very productive. When a lot of sites are uncategorized, I don't always bother fixing them because it takes too much time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been much more productive since I started using Rescue Time. Before tracking my computer activity, I didn't realize how much time I was wasting throughout the day.

RescueTime review by Christian R.
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"Keeps me sane"

What do you like best?

It gives me situational awareness and makes me want to keep focused on what's important and avoid the distractions. The reports and ability to determine what's important and to what degree they're important is super helpful and I can always change as the situation warrants.

What do you dislike?

The UI takes some getting used to, or rather the onboarding could be a little better. It took me a while to figure it out but I'm pretty happy with it once I did.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try and be patient with it. Habits are hard to break so don't let the "bad news" from Rescue time throw you off. As your habits improve you'll be much happier for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's way too easy to get distracted nowadays so RescueTime is helping me to stay on track.

RescueTime review by Katherine F.
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"I would just sit online filling out surveys all day if not for RescueTime"

What do you like best?

I would not have finished my dissertation without RescueTime. Everything about it is essential. It automatically tracks my on-computer time, gives me the option of tracking off-computer time, and sends me stats each week. With the paid version you also have the ability to block applications/ websites that drain your productivity.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much that I dislike about RescueTime. Maybe that it's possible to get bogged down in settings on the dashboard... or that I had a hard time coming up with meaningful categories for my offline time. The one tricky thing is that some of my research (my work) is based on social media, and RescueTime automatically blocks that, but that was easy to change as I needed (most of the time I left it though, because social media is a total drain).

Recommendations to others considering the product

RescueTime works best for people who do most of their work on the computer, and less so for those who work primarily face-to-face. I'd also recommend it most for self-directed workers, whether you work from home or in an office. I found the offline categories to be the least useful aspect of the software, unless you have very structured offline time (perhaps again, in an office or other face-to-face setting).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used RescueTime to track my productivity while working from home on a PhD dissertation. It was the only way I kept myself on track while working independently. I think it is essential for anyone with a flexible, self-directed schedule... grad students, academics, freelancers, self-employed, creatives, etc. It's particularly useful for people who spend a lot of time on their computer, less-so for people who do mostly offline work.

RescueTime review by Dan F.
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"Really interesting program that gives you loads of good analysis for free"

What do you like best?

Over the years I've logged 7384 hours... this is truly an app that you "set and forget". It's always running, learning and looking at your habits. There are weekly emails that summarize how you've done that week and whether you've beaten or missed your goals. There's a "premium" version but I've never really felt the need to upgrade. The free version gives a load of great data for free, including a dashboard with charts and graphs.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally "work" things get misclassified as "distracting" and vice-versa, though over the years this has gotten much much better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great little program and managers might be enticed to use it to "track" their team members. I strongly recommend against doing so!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This app sits in your Windows task manager and watches you work, analyzing how much time you are "productive" and how much you are "distracted". At the end of the week you get a report that shows you how well you did, with the idea to improve personally. Unfortunately, cutting the amount of time you spend on Facebook requires more than just a program, it requires determination, of which I am sorely lacking. :(

RescueTime review by User in Higher Education
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"Monitoring time spent on work tasks"

What do you like best?

We started using RescueTime to help us understand how much time we were spending on certain tasks using different applications. We liked how automatic it was to track your time spent and the ease of using reports by user.

What do you dislike?

For our purposes, it would have been great to combine our individual reports into a team report, although that may be a feature of a premium product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To really get the most out of this product, I think you have to determine which sites/activities you really want to track and how. After we started our initial trial, we had to go back to calibrate our team so that the results were uniform against the data we were trying to collect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using RescueTime to see how much time we were spending on certain tasks throughout the day. We were able to justify having more support resources on our team to handle more the of rote applications, freeing us up to do more consultative work.

RescueTime review by User in E-Learning
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"Rescue time"

What do you like best?

Great way to keep yourself honest! I try to clock 20 hours on the weekend doing my own projects and this helps me do it

What do you dislike?

Needs smarter activity detection. Sometimes I'll be using a program and RT won't detect it as 'productive' time

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am teaching myself software development, this requires many hours on nights and weekends when it's easy to get distracted. Rescue time automatically listens to what websites and programs I am using and then breaks that down for me on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This is a huge advantage for me because it makes me actually WANT to work, because I can see the hours I've worked and brag about it to myself, also it's good to realize you've been spending 3 hours every Saturday on Facebook

RescueTime review by Derek T.
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"Great Tracking for Day to Day"

What do you like best?

I liked that I could track what I was doing automatically using the app (on Mac). The reports on how effective I was being on a day to day basis was one of the things that stood out to me and I actually quite liked! It was incredible to me that an application like this could work in the background and would report to me unbiased. I cannot imagine if I had to report about this on my own. I would lie about time spent and it would not be an honest representation of where my hours were going.

What do you dislike?

I found myself spending a lot of time reading through the analytics. This further left using up time during my day to self-analyze where I'd been spending my time via apps, social media, etcetera. I could have done this after-hours I realize, but when I'm done with work, I don't want to think about work any more!

I found the timesheets a bit cumbersome and got fed up years ago. I'm sure it's better now though! I didn't really use this feature at all after the initial try.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend only checking your analytics on weekends once a week or perhaps bi-monthly. You can get lost in reading through your hours and waste valuable company time!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used RescueTime when I was a freelance editor, motion graphics artist, office assistant, and administrative assistant. I was trying to solve the problem of time-lost due to in-efficiencies in my own work flow and work ethic. I was losing money due to distractions online and offline and I wanted to see where I was falling short.

I realized that I was on social media a lot. Something that does not help me achieve the tasks at hand for my professional career.

RescueTime review by Wiljan S.
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"Very helpful, using it every day to track my productivity during the day"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is, I had it installed in a few minutes and have it running ever since. Occasionally I check how my productivity is going on certain days. I started using it when I noticed my productivity being quite low, during the day I procrastinated a lot by going to things like news sites.

What do you dislike?

It's really easy to setup, but it is running in the background. That could be a plus, but I noticed that after a few weeks I stopped checking my productivity. That is just because I forgot it was running. One option could be to send notifications when my productivity is really low, or just a report.

I also noticed that I never read the weekly email report, this is because of the time it's sent. This is during the work day, I have no time to read it, and forget about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Certainly start using it, but keep in mind to check the data occasionally. Not only to check for your productivity but also to categorise some of the apps and sites being used. I noticed that some sites couldn't be properly categorised and being put under non-productive time when it was for work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My personal productivity was very low in my opinion. I noticed that I was procrastinating. In the past I've used a lot of quantified self tools to track things like movement. So I searched for tools that work just like those tools but for work.

RescueTime review by Amy H.
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"RescueTime"

What do you like best?

The fact it's free to use and the intelligence of the Chrome extension to recognise the type of application or website you're using, meaning less time is spent altering. It also recognises when you're using non-web based apps too such as Word/Excel which is very useful.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice to be able to be set time limits for individual websites without having to go pro.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Increased productivity by being made aware of where my distractions are and have learned to structure my time in a more economical way.

RescueTime review by User in Education Management
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"RescueTime"

What do you like best?

I liked the way it was easy to set up and to use.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, because my work with special needs advocacy and sharing information to various groups involves social media and internet research, my main work distractor is also the nature of social media and browsing educational websites. Keeping personal separate from work was my reason for choosing RescueTime, and I found that the software could not pick up on whether or not my time was really productive. If I took more time to tailor it more specifically, it may be designed to do that, I don't know.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solved problems were temporary and minimal, benefits were at least that I did receive a report now and then that said my time was a certain percentage productive. I don't feel I gave it enough of a chance to work, but I have since found that a simple app on my phone called MyWorkClock is actually more effective for me.

RescueTime review by Nathan H.
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"Great insights, just wish it integrated with my iphone"

What do you like best?

I can see how I'm dong week over week! It's a "set it and forget it" kind of program that still delivers useful insights via email so I can get an idea of what my real work habits are like.

What do you dislike?

I do a lot of work on phone as well. I really wish I could get stats on my iphone usage and combine those with my regular computer usage to see a more accurate overall picture.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The free product is great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want to make sure I am reaching my productivity goals and get a better sense of what I am accomplishing in a set amount of time.

RescueTime review by User in Publishing
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"Rescue Time keeps me motivated and on task!"

What do you like best?

I'm a paid subscriber to Rescue Time, because a paid subscription also unlocks "Get Focused", which allows you to block set distractions for a set period of time. This takes away that impulse to check email, social media, the internet when I'm supposed to be focusing on writing up strategy, doing scheduling or working on edits. Also, I appreciate seeing my weekly round-up of where I've spent my time and knowing I've actually been productive!

What do you dislike?

I'm not a huge fan of the mobile version of Rescue Time, so that's probably my only one minor dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do the trial for the paid version and give "Get Focused" a try. It will amaze you how automatic switching away from your work is and just how often you're being distracted by the internet and social media.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've increased my productivity and better been able to account for my time!

RescueTime review by Conner K.
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"Technology useage self-measurement on any device"

What do you like best?

RescuetTime works on pretty much every device I use. It offers incredible insight into my tech usage patterns over days, weeks, months, and I find it really valuable in understanding what, when, and how I get work done.

What do you dislike?

No complaints, really! I have a hard time thinking of anything I dislike about the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

RescueTime gives you a ton of insight for free, but it's even better if you shell out the small monthly fee to get offline collection. I've found it invaluable for tracking those quick 10 minute interactions with co-workers and when they are most likely to come up. I can then plan my day so that an interruption at those key times isn't particularly disruptive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use RescueTime as a personal metric to see how much time I spend on different day to day tasks. For instance, it helps me measure how much time I spend doing administrative work vs. communication vs. development, etc.

RescueTime review by Tomas L.
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"Time tracking software"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to analyse my own spent time.

The graphs and diagrams are detailed and helps to identify how my time is spent.

I like the fact that the company has tracked my progress since I've made a few years break when using it. I can still access the data that was generated a few years ago.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the product cost, but people need money, servers also don't pay for themselves.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want detailed analysis of your own spent time this software is right for you. Unfortunately some of the amazing features are hidden behind a paywall. It's possible to try the features out so it's up to you to decide they are worth the money or not.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving my own productivity issues. It helps identifying and eliminating them step by step by analyzing weekly reports.

RescueTime review by Ben M.
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"Keep yourself on track"

What do you like best?

Discrete tool that runs on your machine, monitoring your production during working hours. Set your productive tasks and goals and see how you do in meeting your targets.

What do you dislike?

Design of the website is a bit dated. Mac program could should daily stats from the menubar.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool to use for self motivation and focus for productivity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Self motivation and monitoring of work productivity.

RescueTime review by Brooke D. W.
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"Rescue YOUR Time"

What do you like best?

I love that I can see where my time goes with this app. It is invaluable information, and helps me to better understand where I need to cut back my time on and where I am spending my time the least.

What do you dislike?

The interface of the app for the lite version is very minimalist, which is okay if you want to take the minimalist approach. However, I would love to see my dashboard with where my time goes inside of the app itself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is often difficult to know where my time goes as a writer/blogger. This app has helped me to realize where my time goes so that I can focus on cutting out time wasters.

RescueTime review by Gaston M.
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"You can't improve what you can't measure. RescueTime starts by you."

What do you like best?

You can't improve what you can't measure. RescueTime starts by helping measuring you so you can help and improve your self. There was a time i was really convinced i was productive until I started using RescueTime. It really rescued me to know and reveal more about my self and my procrastination patterns. Something I wanted and I changed.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not the best. Still, it has improved but it is a little more complex than other competitive products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find alternatives, there are more beautiful and simpler alternatives. Still, RescueTime might be the most complete.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It solves the business of self-improvements. Starts by knowing more about your self and your online patterns .

RescueTime review by Agnė .
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"Let all the time count"

What do you like best?

I like this tool because it helps me count where I am spending my time while working. I like summarized weekly emails.

What do you dislike?

I think that sometimes desktop app isn't working properly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helping to manage my time and helps with my goal to be more productive every week.

RescueTime review by Jasmine G.
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"Very Useful"

What do you like best?

RescueTime really helps me narrow down how my time is truly being spent and helps me manage my tasks more efficiently.

What do you dislike?

There's not to much to dislike about RescueTime except for the very rare crash... which is usually my fault for having too much going on at once within Chrome or my computer in general.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time is money. That really sums it up. The more time that I waste with distractions (admittedly, this survey included), instead of focusing on work, the less productive I will be.

RescueTime review by User in Design
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"Beta tested for use in freelancing"

What do you like best?

Easy to read charts in updates delivered via email.

Looks like the application has matured since I first started up with it.

Understand I am not likely using most of it's benefits.

Would like to update knowledge/learn more, but not much time to self-tutor.

What do you dislike?

Not as intuitive to understand as I hoped it would be.

Have not found a way to split categorization of some websites that can be both distracting and productive, depending on use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better for in-office computer than home/office scenario.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking hoe office time spent productively.

Made me more aware of how I am spending time.

RescueTime review by Jackie S.
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"Keep Yourself Accountable"

What do you like best?

It's great to see the actual numbers. There's a clear increase in productivity.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the category is off. You can categorize but that takes more time. Also, anytime I spend Marketing on Facebook is automatically deemed unproductive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wrong or no categories.

RescueTime review by User
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"Shocking to to see actual time wasted"

What do you like best?

Helps you keep track of how you spend your time online so if bad habits develop you can be aware of it. Also useful for tax purposes

What do you dislike?

Runs in the background, can slow down computer function, and sometimes not enough information about which sites I'm using. Would be great to differentiate between browser tabs -- for example the Chrome tab where I'm signed in for work email vs chrome tab for personal email

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend some time.setting it up to get the best results

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting distracted on non vital projects or websites. Easier to estimate taxes, how much time spent on work on a personal computer

RescueTime review by Dante P.
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"Easy app for time tracking and productivity"

What do you like best?

Great personal analytics service that shows me how I spend my time and helps me be more productive.

What do you dislike?

Constant updates need to be done and sometimes the app does not record time as desired.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Personal productivity tracking. Time spending and helps with timesheets.

RescueTime review by User in Religious Institutions
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"Great, easy to use program for tracking time"

What do you like best?

The ability to see where my time is being spent.

What do you dislike?

Does not alert me when I am for some reason not tracking time, due to updates, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely, use it. Don't just let it track time, look at your Dashboard and make decisions on how you spend your time based on the data. I was able to see I was spending way too much time on little things, rather than focusing my effort on the big projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving my problem of spending too much time on small stuff. I have been able to shift my time into the projects that are more important overall.

RescueTime review by Jiahao L.
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"Pretty neat software for managing efficiency with time"

What do you like best?

Browser integration works well.

Clean and updated UI.

All of the statistics are easily marked and easy to read.

Ability to set goals for yourself.

What do you dislike?

Statistics calculations may be a little bit questionable for accuracy.

Sometimes RescueTime is unable to connect to their own network (possibly down for updates?)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the initial time to setup goals and maybe change the default email notification preferences.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I started using this to keep a tab on how much time I actually end up wasting when on the computer. I'm not sure if it's pushed me to be more efficient with my time or not.

RescueTime review by User
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"Very helpful!"

What do you like best?

I had a good experience with this software.

1. It can be installed on multiple devices. The data will be collected from all devices and aggregated, if you need it to.

2. It really helped to improve my productivity by tracking how much time I spend doing different things online. It also serves as a reward to see that "you spent 70 hours online this week" when you know that you have been working hard.

What do you dislike?

It is just perfect for what it was created for. There is nothing that I dislike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time management

Productivity concerns

Scheduling

RescueTime review by User in Health, Wellness and Fitness
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"Track your activity, increase your productive time and control procrastination"

What do you like best?

I use RescueTime regularly to track my activity times, analyze my productivity trends and check whether I can reduce my procrastination times. It's amazing to review all that information after a long period of time, like as a couple of months or more.

What do you dislike?

I always find a bit too complicated to organize and categorize my tracked times. There must be easier friendlier ways to do that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a remote worker, time management is a key asset that must be learned, improved and nurtured along the time. It's a key ability for success and it's a very difficult one. RescueTime provides very helpful insights to control your own time.

RescueTime review by User in Computer Software
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"RescueTime Increases Productivity"

What do you like best?

I like that it sums up my laptop usage on a daily and weekly basis. The email summaries are great.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how it categorizes some websites. For example, I often use LinkedIn for productive means but it classifies LinkedIn under Social Media (unproductive).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utilize the "GetFocused" feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am increasing my productivity at work.

RescueTime review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"An Easy Way to Track Where Your Time Goes"

What do you like best?

I like how RescueTime works in the background without me having to think about it. It also sends me a weekly report of where my time went. When it needs updating I just press a button. It's completely automated.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't anything I don't like. I use the free version. The paid version has more ability to look back in time, which is helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out and see if it works for you then expand to the paid version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for personal use, but it could be used to track time worked on specific programs for business.

RescueTime review by User in Higher Education
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"Where does the time go?"

What do you like best?

Produces good reports that show what software programs and websites take up my screen time throughout the week.

What do you dislike?

Initial set-up of catagorizing takes some time but can be done on the fly and the time pays off later in the accuracy of the reports.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some time occasionally to update your settings, categorizing your websites and software programs so that RescueTime can accurately identify your work patterns.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accountability of time spent at work: "productive" vs "non-productive" time and confronting good vs best use of time in using my time efficiently.

RescueTime review by Matej M.
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"Great rool"

What do you like best?

Improves my concentration and helps me to identify time wastes

What do you dislike?

I would like to have more statistics and some exporting features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

public procurement and electronic auctions software

RescueTime review by Ashley B.
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"RescueTime keeps me honest"

What do you like best?

I like the weekly update with the amount of hours I've spent working on my computer.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how cumbersome it is to set up drill downs on browser applications. I have a concern about privacy in the browser apps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Their freemium version does so much! Try it out for free to see what it does.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time tracking. I have found this to be a huge help in checking in on my weekly work output and can take this down to a project level.

RescueTime review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"RescueTime is Excellent"

What do you like best?

The clarity and depth of the data is really useful; it's easy to get all the information I need to form my own useful conclusions without it being too predigested and indecipherable.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, there isn't much I can think of. The interface on the part where one fixes categorization of URLs, that's sorta clunky on the chrome extension settings I guess.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

RescueTime is significantly altering how I use and manage time, including giving me valuable ways to adjust settings on other time management aids I use.

RescueTime review by Tim R.
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"Useful time management tracking"

What do you like best?

Clear weekly reports and easy to use, runs in background

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it categorises things incorrectly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ensuring I am focussed when working

RescueTime review by User in Higher Education
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"Good to get a baseline of your computer usage"

What do you like best?

RescueTime worked in the background and was able to quantify my time using different computer software.

What do you dislike?

There were a lot of emails sent by the company that filled up my mailbox.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think the program could be less clunky and they could send fewer emails. I think more pop-ups or progress bars like the Timebar app or some pomodoro-style collaborations would be good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better accountability of work time spent.

RescueTime review by Ling L.
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"Interesting to find out the daily Internet usage"

What do you like best?

The data that was provide from Rescue Time was good information to analyze users' Internet usage.

What do you dislike?

The platform is not very user friendly. Some area is hard to navigate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The investment of technology, it is easier to determine what kind of electronics to purchase.

RescueTime review by User in Religious Institutions
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"Documents time spent and sends reports"

What do you like best?

I like that it compares this week to last and tells me what percentage of time I am spending on each website or platform.

What do you dislike?

I would love to have an app for my iPhone that does this same thing with time spent on Apps. I would love a feature to lock out certain websites on the computer or apps on phone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helping me to be more productive. I was unaware how much time I spent on FaceBook!

RescueTime review by User in Professional Training & Coaching
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"Great for tracking what I do with my time! All in the background ...."

What do you like best?

On the paid version I can see right down to which part of each website I'm using. I can categorise different websites - as time wasters, productive or neutral.

What do you dislike?

It's difficult to use the basic reports when some websites can be both time wasters as well as productive business time (Facebook for example).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being conscious and accountable for where I spend my time.

RescueTime review by Alexandra P.
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"A great way to see where your time goes"

What do you like best?

A great way to see where your time goes on a daily basis -- accurate tracking.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes having the time tracked that minutely leads to stress!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I realized that my productivity increased when I chunked tasks

RescueTime review by User in Judiciary
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"RescueTime"

What do you like best?

RescueTime works in the background of my computer to help me understand where I'm spending my time. It was certainly a wake-up call the first time I used it!

What do you dislike?

There aren't any features about RescueTime that I dislike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm realizing how to build short periods of rest into my day in an intentional way, instead of mindlessly wasting time.

RescueTime review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Helps keep me focused...and I need it!"

What do you like best?

Rescue time helps keep me aware of how I'm using my internet time at work.

What do you dislike?

It works just fine - it's the fact that it's an add-on that makes it more likely I use it only incrementally.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It keeps me focused - especially on the schedule "work days" where my office door is closed.

RescueTime review by User in Government Administration
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"Focused attention"

What do you like best?

The way it helps me stay on track. I have moderate ADD so it is very easy to start multiple tasks and become overwhelmed when I'm not focused.

What do you dislike?

It was a bit complicated to figure out the usability at first.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi-tasking; avoiding rabbit-holes when opening multiple tabs on the internet.

RescueTime review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Helpful for effectively managing time "

What do you like best?

Tracks your daily productivity and allows you to see how you actually spend your time

What do you dislike?

There's no way to distinguish between mindless email and email that is actually productive

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Increased productivity is a benefit

RescueTime review by Administrator in Wholesale
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"BLANK TIME SPACES"

What do you like best?

the productivity dashboard shows where i am focsuing my time and where i can improve

What do you dislike?

no time slots allocated for breaks/time away from desk

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

productivity analysis, where we can remove time wasting tasks

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