RescueTime in review 21:41 on Sunday

RescueTime is, in their own words, time management software that helps individuals and businesses understand how they spend their time.

After running RescueTime for a few weeks I can see how it gives you a somewhat accurate idea of how you spend your time. To improve the accuracy, you have to tag, tag, and tag your time entries, which means you have to devise a plan for how you will tag the entries. All this really makes RescueTime time management software: you will end up managing time you have already spent.

Despite this yet-another life management task, some people might find RescueTime “useful”, although I think they’re confusing interestigness with usefulness. For me personally, free memory on my laptop is more valuable than the graphs and reports I get from the data captured by RescueTime.

2 Responses to “RescueTime in review”


  1. Tony Wright Says:

    Thanks for checking out RescueTime!

    We agree that the overhead of tagging is pretty painful… We just introduced set categories for apps/sites which are both automatic and shared between users. They are a work in progress, but I think it’ll be good for folks who really don’t want to tag as much.

    There are, of course, people who don’t use a wide variety of stuff from day to day, and can largely put tagging behind them after a few tagging sessions.

    On the “management versus interestingness” front, we’ve actually seen a few trends in our userbase that I think might prove that it is helping people (though obviously, its utility is going to vary from person to person). RescueTime users who stick with us for greater than a month (on average) spend 9% more time on self-identified productive stuff.

    FWIW, I am not a big tagger myself, so I agree with you on that front… And given that I’m one of the three founders, I think you’ll see more and more features for people like you and I. :-) Anyhoo, thanks again for checking us out!

  2. Niko Says:

    The question arises, are people spending 9% more time on productive stuff, or are they identifying 9% more of their tasks as productive?

    I guess with a little work you could actually find out from the statistics.