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How to track activity on computer? To keep productive

Hi,

I need a program free prefered by paid is ok.

To track the time I spend on each software daily so that I can figure out where I'm wasting most of my time as I dont think I'm being productive enough with my mISV and I can improve it.

Please list software that you use to keep track of the time you spend in front of each software..

like adobe, IE, FF, vs2005.. etc.
Traki
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
I think that's what RescueTime does... http://www.rescuetime.com/
tc7 Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
I'd prefer a desktop app over webbased.  I dont want any website tracking my activity :)

I need something locally installed on the desktop.. but yes rescuetime is what I was looking for but a non webbased.
Traki
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
Nick Hebb Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
Does it cost PC performance?

Seems like having something constantly running in the background tracking what you are doing might really slow down a machine.
Sara C Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
>Seems like having something constantly running in the
>background ... might really slow down a machine.
Generally they run on a timer and only take a snapshot every 'n' minutes.
Your computer has lots of background tasks that only wake up occiasonally to do something - the computer (or rather the operating system) is designed for this.
Martin Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
Tracki, like tc7 said, RescueTime sounds like what you want. I suppose the very small app installed eats a few cpu cycles, but I've noticed no performance degradation.
Bob Walsh Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
I wrote TimeSprite for exactly that reason:
http://www.timesprite.com
Andrew Rowley Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
...I use TimeSprite. It does what you ask but I wish it would track web activity based on url, not page title.

Andrew are you still going to release improved versions? There doesn't seem to be much activity on your site. (Last news is from November.)

Thanks,
Oliver Send private email
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
 
hmm..
I cant find any good ones..

I'm contemplating writing my own and maybe it will turn into my 30DayChallenge product. :)
Traki
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
 
 
> I cant find any good ones..

Interesting. What would you do different in yours?
Oliver Send private email
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
 
 
I am planning updates to TimeSprite, but I am working on releasing another product first.

Unfortunately, I have no plans to track by URL. I think that would require hooking into areas of the system that I would rather avoid.
Andrew Rowley
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
 
 

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