How to Measure your Digital Life with RescueTime

EMeasure your digital life with RescueTimever wished for an Analytics tool to measure your digital life and report on your personal productivity?  Finding the proverbial “work-life balance” is next to impossible without an easy way to track how you spend your time on a day to day basis.

See, most of us spend our workday responding to what’s urgent, but not necessarily important.  And when asked, it’s often hard for us to explain what we’ve accomplished at the end of the day, and harder to explain why we haven’t made any significant progress on the items that important, but not necessarily urgent.  We’re inundated – Every. Darn. Day – and it’s tough to stay focused on what matters most.

For years, I’ve tried to complete this exercise manually with my clients so that I could get a better idea of where I could jump in and lighten their load, while contributing to the success of the business.  I’d send them a page for them to keep front and center on their desk for the next five days, jotting down the tasks that they complete.  Ideally, I could feed that five day log into my magic processor and then share a beautiful report so that we could:

  • Get a visual snapshot of how you are dividing up your time, energy, and space in your business with regard to client work, marketing, business development and administration;
  • Identify positive and negative patterns in your workflows and habits;
  • Pinpoint core strengths and weaknesses;
  • Analyze time and energy busters.

What do you think my clients told me when I suggested we complete this exercise?  You guessed it:

“If I had time for that, I wouldn’t need you.”

I knew the exercise was worthwhile, but there had to be an easier way.  Enter RescueTime.  It’s just the tool I’d been looking for to help you get and stay focused!  I’ve been using it myself for about a year now, and it has been a great opportunity to walk a mile in my clients shoes!

How RescueTime Works:

  • Runs securely in the background on your computer and mobile devices.
  • Tracks time spent on applications and websites, giving you an accurate picture of your day.
  • Gives you detailed reports and data based on your activity.

It’s super easy to set up, and you can choose from a Lite version (that is forever free) or a Pro version (only about $9/month or $72/year) that gives you some additional features to make the software work even harder for you.

Why Does it Matter?

Simply, RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

“Change your habits and you’ll change your life.”  – Matthew Kelly

By measuring your digital life – tracking your activities and categorizing them, then monitoring your Productivity Pulse – you are able to identify negative patterns that you want to eliminate and positive habits that you’d like to expand.

RescueTime Productivity PulseRescueTime doesn’t stop with measuring your past digital life – the Pro version offers some features that proactively help boost your productivity.  RescueTime Pro can alert you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time (that you specified) on a particular activity.  It can also block websites that you deem distracting during your focused productive time.  It’s totally customizable – you call the shots…  And the longer you use it, the smarter it gets.

The best part about RescueTime?  It runs in the background.  Personally, I might spend 5-10 minutes each month looking at reports to:

  • Get a visual snapshot of how you are dividing up your time, energy, and space in your business with regard to client work, marketing, business development and administration;
  • Identify positive and negative patterns in your workflows and habits;
  • Pinpoint core strengths and weaknesses;
  • Analyze time and energy busters.

It’s a simple but elegant tool – personal productivity Analytics – that can help ensure that your efforts yield as much as possible…

Please note:  While the opinions in this post are entirely my own (and I was not compensated for the post itself), the post does contain affiliate links, which means that I receive a fee if you make a purchase using these links.  Rest assured – I don’t recommend anything I don’t use myself…

 

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