Time is a zero sum game.
That’s why successful people don’t fix their own cars. When you bill £10,000 an hour, why would you spend 30 minutes replacing your own windscreen wipers?
Time is the one resource you can’t get more of – so it’s in your best interests to organise it. Fortunately, there are thousands of apps dedicated to organising it for you. Here are three of the best.
1. Rescue Time
Rescue time is a great app if you like feeling guilty. It’s a laptop/desktop setup that you install as a plugin. It monitors how much time you spend online, and keeps tabs on what you’re doing. And it then sends you a weekly report breaking down everything by time.
This is a great one if you’re the type of person who loses entire evenings and weekends to the scourge of Wikipedia. Just don’t let your boss find out about it, or you’ll never get any Reddit breaks at work ever again.
2. Time Doctor
If you want to know where and how you are spending your time on the computer, Time Doctor is for you. This time tracking software gives you a comprehensive analytics of your workday by also giving you data on web and app usage, work breakdown, optional screenshots and more.
Having all these data is beneficial because it helps you monitor, evaluate and improve not only your own productivity but also your team’s. One great feature it has is the popup that appears when you get distracted from the task at hand. It’s a great way to keep you focused.
The last two apps we’ve mentioned are to encourage you to not waste time. Toggl will help you keep abreast of how productively you’re using your time as you’re actually using it.
This one can be found in Web, Desktop, and Mobile flavours for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s beautifully simple: you tell Toggl what you’re doing at a given time, and it makes a log of how long you spend doing it. The desktop and mobile apps integrate fully with your system and track time usage across every app. Their website even has a clock that tells you how long you’ve spent reading about Toggl.
If you hate timesheets, you’ll love Toggl. And if you do love timesheets, seek help.
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