I’m giving RescueTime a try: Day 0

Software
April 30, 2013

My productivity varies wildly from day to day. Throughout the week, I have some really good days where I work for 12 hours straight coding. I also have days where I write one method in Python and call it a day, because those fifteen lines of code took me two hours to write and still throw an exception with one really particular edge case.

I had heard of Rescue Time  several times over the past few years, but never got around to giving it a shot myself. Today, though, I was reading a Lifehack article  and saw that it came up again, so I figured now would be a great time to try it out.

What it does: Rescue Time runs in the background of your computer and analyzes how much time you spend in each program. You can then log into your account and view where you are spending your computing time.

Why I think this will help me: I am a big fan of graphs, statistics, and metrics. I’ve also been throwing around statements like “I spend close to 12 hours a day on my computer” and I’m curious how accurate those are. I also know that I respond well to accountability, and want to begin to develop practical use habits to maximize my productivity for when I begin working full-time in July.

 

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