About RescueTime

RescueTime is a time management and analytics tool that enables knowledge workers to better understand their daily habits, helping them become more efficient and productive with their work. The solution unobtrusively tracks time spent on different applications, documents, and websites, giving users an accurate picture of their day with detailed reports based on their activity.

RescueTime helps teams work smarter by allowing them to understand where time is spent while they work. Users can improve their productivity by setting goals to them help stay focused and keep on track of work. Users can also set alarms to notify them when a certain activity has taken up more time than allotted.

Progress can be viewed and monitored via the dashboard, including detailed reports that show the amount of time spent on specific websites, documents and applications. Additional reports show the duration of time dedicated to different categories, the user’s productivity levels, and whether set goals have been achieved for the day. A weekly email report summarizes all activities and includes a productivity score.

Activities are grouped automatically into predefined categories along with built-in productivity scores that cover a large volume of websites and applications. Users can also customize categories and productivity scores to meet specific needs. Additional features allow individuals to block distracting websites for periods of time, as well as track offline activity such as for meetings, calls, and even a morning commute.

Key benefits of RescueTime

  • RescueTime gives individuals an understanding of how they use their time, while encouraging them to be pro-active about self-management.

  • Managers can get a high-level overview of how the entire team is spending their time, and
    understand which tools are being used effectively.

  • Users can set goals and alerts to stay focused and keep on track of work for improved productivity, as well as view their progress via the dashboard and detailed reports.

  • RescueTime helps spot any inefficiencies throughout the working day and enables users to block out distractions to help better manage their time.

  • Weekly email reports summarize activities and provide a productivity score to help individuals plan smarter for the coming week.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 3 others, India, Japan, Germany

    Supported Languages

    English

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    View member progress by year, month, week or day via the dashboard
    Reports show how much time was spent in different categories, productivity by hour, efficiency levels, and more
    Detailed reports show which applications and websites time was spent on
    Stay informed with a weekly email report summarizing activities and productivity score
    View efficiency averages and productivity by member via the all members dashboard
    View charts on productivity by hour via mobile device
    RescueTime for Android monitors how long users spend in mobile apps and phone calls
    Users can set goals and get alerts the moment they are achieved
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    RescueTime screenshot: View member progress by year, month, week or day via the dashboard RescueTime screenshot: Reports show how much time was spent in different categories, productivity by hour, efficiency levels, and more RescueTime screenshot: Detailed reports show which applications and websites time was spent on RescueTime screenshot: Stay informed with a weekly email report summarizing activities and productivity score RescueTime screenshot: View efficiency averages and productivity by member via the all members dashboard RescueTime screenshot: View charts on productivity by hour via mobile device RescueTime screenshot: RescueTime for Android monitors how long users spend in mobile apps and phone calls RescueTime screenshot: Users can set goals and get alerts the moment they are achieved

    Features

    Total features of RescueTime: 23

    • Access Control
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Management
    • Activity Tracking
    • Automatic Notifications
    • Categorization
    • Customizable Categories
    • Email Alerts
    • Email Notifications
    • Goal Setting / Tracking
    • Historical Analysis
    • History Tracking
    • Milestone Tracking
    • Mobile Alerts
    • Mobile Integration
    • Performance Reports
    • Production Tracking
    • Productivity Reporting
    • Progress Reports
    • Progress Tracking
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Summary Reports
    • Trend Analysis

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,6 /5
    (116)
    Value for Money
    4,6/5
    Features
    4,5/5
    Ease of Use
    4,6/5
    Customer Support
    4,5/5

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    Nicolet G.
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    • Industry: Photography
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The only time management app that helps me take control of my time

    Reviewed on 2019/06/30

    I've spent significantly less time on social media since I implemented RescueTime in my system and,...

    I've spent significantly less time on social media since I implemented RescueTime in my system and, I now have a very detailed insight on how much time I spend on productive time. RescueTime helps me focus.

    I cannot recommend RescueTime enough.​

    Pros

    Even though it is not a time tracker in the sense of providing info to clients, I've chosen RescueTime over all other time management software. Why? Because it helps me focus, and it gives me a clear insight into how I spend my time, both online and offline. The best part: I hardly need to fill in anything, the app provides all the details of sites and apps I use on my computer and, my phone.

    It takes some time, in the beginning, to set things up; you have to teach the app what you consider very productive, productive, neutral, distractive, or very distractive. But, then, it gives a clear overview of your productivity on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. As a pro-subscriber, I can also fill in time I did not spend on my computer. ​

    Besides: In RescueTime,​ I can set focus time; After spending more than one hour on distracting time during work hours, ​the app blocks all websites and apps I consider distracting.

    Cons

    The only thing I am missing is the possibility​ to assign work to projects and, clients. It would make it perfect!

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Bottom-Up Objectivity Yields No-brainer Accountability

    Reviewed on 2019/09/21

    About 4 years into my business I took on outside investors. Both as a good-faith external gesture...

    About 4 years into my business I took on outside investors. Both as a good-faith external gesture as well as internally-focused improvement, undertook a whole series of policy and operational changes to increase transparency and allow people to hold themselves accountable. One small part of these efforts was rescuetime, which 10 years later is ironically is the only single-decision that was 100% correct then and now.

    We use their data as inputs to all sorts of other business processes, both weekly and for year-end reviews. I recommend it constantly, it truly is a no-brainer because as long as you can install software and spend more than a couple hours a day on computers/phones, you will get value out of it... not just immediately but over time.

    Pros

    No brainer- install it with no configuration, and you instantly get personalized and valuable weekly reports.
    Works on windows/mac/linux/android/iphone so can be used by anyone in company or any external team.
    Excellent user-interface, very easy to customize to each user's specific goals if they choose to do so.

    Cons

    The phone-based apps didn't seem to automatically categorize calls w/known contacts.
    Sometimes if a given site hosted applications with two different goals/intentions/categories, this at minimum much trickier to track properly and

    Maciej N.
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    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Very reliable time management app

    Reviewed on 2021/02/07

    I underestimated RescueTime for too long. Thanks to a great blog they have (many useful time...

    I underestimated RescueTime for too long. Thanks to a great blog they have (many useful time management articles) I stumbled upon their productivity course. The quality of that course made me rethink using RescueTime on a daily basis. I recommend it to every busy professional.

    Pros

    The most powerful feature of RescueTime is tracking on what activities you spend your time and when you do this. The power comes especially from being on every device you use.

    Cons

    I would like to see more features inside the mobile app. Especially regarding easily logging offline time.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Other for 1-5 months
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Slightly underwhelming

    Reviewed on 2019/03/18

    I am currently trying to use rescue time for personal time trend awareness, but it seems to be more...

    I am currently trying to use rescue time for personal time trend awareness, but it seems to be more work and time spent to set up and maintain for my purposes than it saves me. I think this tool would be better if individual activities could be labelled as productive or otherwise, without needing to create a new category to apply it differently from similar tasks that are on the opposite end of the productivity spectrum. For instance, facebook should generally be a distraction, but if you use LinkedIn or other professional social media on a regular basis, it shouldn't require you to create a special setup just to have that one app or website treated as productive time without labeling facebook as the same importance. Seems like an oversight to me, but perhaps I just needed to use the category system more readily.

    Pros

    This software does pick up a lot of useful data, and allows you to quickly see what things you do on the computer and how the trends flow during your day or week. There is a lot of good information, simple to install and use generally, and overall a decent experience.

    Cons

    I dislike the fact that you can't really customize things without lots of tedium in the categories and other areas. Also, the ability to change tracked sections of the day or week are somewhat limited; there are only one or two generic filters for declaring which days and hours to run the tracking. I have noticed that the categories are geared mostly toward organizations more than individuals. I have realized that if I customize categories to make a certain activity productive time instead of distracted time, it won't let me change just that one activity to be productive without bringing the entire category along with it.

    Abdul waudud C.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    RescueTime is a Very useful Online Time Management Tool

    Reviewed on 2020/11/01

    I love this tool and will continue to use it.

    I love this tool and will continue to use it.

    Pros

    RescueTime is a great tool when it comes to keeping track of your precious time online. It monitors each and every website you visit and the apps you use. And most importantly it tracks how much time you spend on each of them. It automatically categorizes most of the apps and sites you use on a productive or destructive level. You can always map various sites according to your requirements. It gives very detailed stats weekly and shows exactly how you spend your time online. It also helps you to set weekly productivity goals and reduce unproductive time spend. It seamlessly works in the background and tracks time on your PC and Mobile. RescueTime free version is enough for most of the user.

    Cons

    A real-time notification would be helpful. RescueTime pro version is a little costly.

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    RescueTime FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for RescueTime.

    RescueTime offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$9,00/month
    • Pricing model: Free, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    RescueTime Lite: Free RescueTime Premium: $9 per month, or $72 per year (4 months free)

    RescueTime offers the following features:

    • Automatic alerts
    • Automatic recording
    • Block access to distracting websites
    • Block distracting sites
    • Capture time spent in meetings / phone calls
    • Categorization of activities
    • Compare productive days to unproductive days
    • Comparisons against team average
    • Customizable categories
    • Daily highlights
    • Dashboard
    • Detailed reports
    • Flag milestones & highlight achievements
    • Goal setting
    • Goals report
    • Historical productivity reports
    • Log highlights
    • Notifications
    • Pause or quit at any time
    • Privacy options
    • Productivity score
    • Progress monitoring
    • Rank time in specific apps as 'productive' or 'distracting'
    • Set alerting rules / nudges
    • Stopwatch tool
    • Track offline activity
    • Trend tracking
    • Voice call time tracking
    • Website time reporting
    • Weekly summary emails to users and managers

    RescueTime has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Non Profit, Freelancers

    RescueTime supports the following languages:

    English

    RescueTime supports the following devices:

    Android

    RescueTime integrates with the following applications:

    APIANT, BugHerd, CallTrackingMetrics, Cyfe, Gmail, LeadMaster, Retently, VisitorTrack, Wordpress

    RescueTime offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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