How To Manage Your Time Effectively Use RescueTime

Do you always find that your time gose so fast. You do not have enough time to complete your work even when you working very hard from morning to middle night. Where dose your time go? What task has occupy most of your time? Do you waste time every day? A lot of questions. But today i found a software which can help you to manage and analyze how your time spent accuratly. Using this tool, you can know which task has take your most time exactly with report.

1. RescueTime.

The software is called RescueTime, it provide both Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android version, it also provide Chrome and Firefox browser extension, so you can install it on all your devices, and then manage all your time that has been spent on those devices. If you want to know which website url spent how many time on Chrome or Firefox browser, you should install those browser extension.

But first, you should goto it’s home page and click the SIGN UP button to register an RescueTime account. There are two plan, a free plan and a premium plan, free plan is enough for use i think.

After register account successfully, click the SIGN IN button and use this account to login to it’s manager website. Then you can download and install the client software for your OS.

rescuetime home page with sign up button

Each device that installed RescueTime client tool will gather your apps or browser usage time information, and the client tool will sent the data back to RescueTime server, then you can see the device app use time report in your account dashboard on the website.

2. How To Download RescueTime Client Tool.

  1. Go to RescueTime home page, click SIGN IN button.
  2. Input correct email and password to login to it.
  3. Then you will be redirected to your account dashboard web page.
  4. At the end of the page, there is a link Download RescueTime, click this link will redirect you to the download page. This link is only shown after you login.
    rescuetime download link
  5. In the RescueTime download page, download your required OS client tool.
    rescuetime download page

3. Install RescueTime On Windows.

Install RescueTime on windows is very straight forward. Just double click the download image and follow the wizard. After the installation, you can find it running at the bottom right corner of windows task bar. Click the Go to Dashboard menu item, it will open your default web browser and login to the dashboard directly.

rescuetime popup menu dialog on windows

4. How To Use RescueTime On Linux.

4.1 Install RescueTime On Linux.

Download RescueTime linux version, my Linux is ubuntu so i download .deb image. Then install it with sudo apt install command in terminal.

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ sudo apt install ./rescuetime_current_amd64.deb 
[sudo] password for zhaosong: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'rescuetime' instead of './rescuetime_current_amd64.deb'
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libqt5sql5 libqt5sql5-sqlite sqlite3
Suggested packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libqt5sql5 libqt5sql5-sqlite rescuetime sqlite3
0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 38 not upgraded.
Need to get 906 kB/3,858 kB of archives.
After this operation, 13.4 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y
Get:1 /home/zhaosong/Downloads/rescuetime_current_amd64.deb rescuetime amd64 [2,952 kB]
Get:2 bionic/main amd64 libqt5sql5 amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1 [115 kB]
Get:3 bionic/main amd64 libqt5sql5-sqlite amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1 [40.2 kB]
Get:4 bionic/main amd64 sqlite3 amd64 3.22.0-1 [751 kB]
Fetched 906 kB in 5s (198 kB/s)  
Selecting previously unselected package libqt5sql5:amd64.
(Reading database ... 222547 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libqt5sql5_5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libqt5sql5:amd64 (5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libqt5sql5-sqlite:amd64.
Preparing to unpack .../libqt5sql5-sqlite_5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libqt5sql5-sqlite:amd64 (5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package sqlite3.
Preparing to unpack .../sqlite3_3.22.0-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking sqlite3 (3.22.0-1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package rescuetime.
Preparing to unpack .../rescuetime_current_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking rescuetime ( ...
Setting up sqlite3 (3.22.0-1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.27-3ubuntu1) ...
Setting up libqt5sql5:amd64 (5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1) ...
Setting up rescuetime ( ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.3-2ubuntu0.1) ...
Setting up libqt5sql5-sqlite:amd64 (5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.27-3ubuntu1) ...

4.2 Start RescueTime On Linux.

Just input command rescuetime in termianl to start the software, it will popup a dialog let you input the email and password.

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ rescuetime

start rescuetime login popup window

5. Install RescueTime On iOS Device.

  1. Open App Store on your iOS device.
  2. Search RescueTime in it.
  3. Click Get button to install it on your iOS device.

6. How To Generate The Time Usage Reports.

All the device app use time report is displayed in the user account dashboard. So you should go to the dashboard to see the time usage report. For basic usage, you do not need to configure any settings, the default application time use report is enough for you to analyze which app use your most time.

You can also define custom category to classify your app to different area, then you will know which area cost how many valuable time. From below dashboard report, i see that i cost most time on gmail,, wechat, etc.

rescuetime time usage report


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