How many ways can our overloaded brains be reminded of things we need to do? If it’s not Post-It Notes on the refrigerator door, it’s the mini-white board and marker. If it’s not Stickies on the Mac, it’s Reminders on the iPhone.
We have alerts, alarms, notifications, notices, pop ups, and flashing signs– all telling us we need to do something we’ve scheduled to do. Enough already. I’ve seen the future of time tracking and attention management.
It’s not Siri on the Mac, but it’s free.
Prepare To Be Bothered
The iPhone’s Siri might be the future way we communicate to our iDevices and Macs. We talk, Siri does. But there’s a free Mac app that does something that interacts in a different direction.
Last5 is a time tracking app. And an attention management too. What it does is rather unique.
Instead of you telling it what you’re doing, Last5 asks you first. There’s a nice pop up box that displays all those things you could be doing, or anything you want to do, or will be doing.
Every five minutes, Last5 asks you what you’ve been doing. Simply click on one of the pre-set work items.
So, you get asked a question, you respond by clicking on a category. Last5 keeps monitoring what you’re doing but adds up all that incoming data, day after day, and you get a pretty accurate report of what you did and when.
Looks nifty neato, right? It is. Almost.
Last5′s Mac app actually tracks what you do but shoves the data to the Last5 site so you can view the details on your tasks and projects online in a browser window.
The app is free and so is the Free account which gives you unlimited time reporting and reports.
The professional level of Last5 has a price tag, and gives you more options, including the ability to group tasks into projects, and move data into Excel.
It’s all month to month and not expensive, but what it does is unique and I see more of this on the way. Interaction. And not just interaction whereby we give Siri commands and she executes. But talk back interaction.
In the future, your Mac will be getting nosey and start questioning what you do. After that, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to SkyNet and Siri as Terminator.