Do you wonder where all your time goes, particularly when you are on the computer? You sit down to do something and before you know it a couple of hours have gone by? You feel like you have been busy and productive but when someone asks you what you have done all day you really aren’t that sure? I had this problem too and whilst I was tracking my time and recording what I was doing, I found it difficult to keep track of what I was doing on the computer all the time. Then I found a great bit of software called Rescue Time. You download it to your computer and it monitors what you do – everything from emailing to social media and reports it back to you.

The great thing about rescue time is once you start seeing where your time has been going online you can set it to help you reduce or increase your activity in certain areas. For example if you decide that social media isn’t a productive activity you can tell rescue time and set the amount of time you are going to limit your use of social media too. Rescue Time gives you a reminder when your time is up and produces a weekly report so you can see if you were on target or not. You can use it the other way too, perhaps if you are planning writing and want to spend longer in Word for example.

I found Rescue Time great for fact finding. As I got to know my habits better I didn’t need the monitoring and reminders to the same extent and now don’t have Rescue Time installed at all but without it I wouldn’t have had the understanding I have now about where my online time went. I used it for around 6 months and found it invaluable.

The basic version which tells you where you have spent your time is free. The upgraded version which allows you to set limits is $9 per month with a 14 day free trial, or you can pay for a year and receive a discount.