Some people have too much month left over at the end of their money. I have too many things left to do at the end of the day. Where does all the time go?
I have a powerful Mac, lots of apps to help me be productive and efficient? So, where am I wasting time? Which apps get most of my attention? Why can’t my Mac tell me what I’ve been doing all day? Now it can.
How Your Mac Can Snitch To You
Alright, maybe I spend too much time browsing on Amazon. And I tend to send long email replies. Then there’s hours spent checking out new Mac apps to review. You see where this is headed, right?
Those are general observations, not specific details.
Time Sink is a handy Mac app I found that answers the question, “What have you been up to?”
It’s not an app that’s designed to snitch on you. Instead, Time Sink reports to you what you’ve been doing on your Mac. Once you know where your time has gone, which apps have sucked the life out of an hour, you can modify your Mac behavior, become a bit more disciplined, and, therefore, more productive and efficient.
I look at it this way—a little more time each day means more opportunities to shop online.
Here’s how it works. Time Sink sits in the background and watches which apps you use (actually use), tracks the dates and times, and gives you a detailed report.
See how it works?
You don’t do anything other than set it up. Time Sink watches which apps you use and when, and stores the information. What’s next? Reports.
At a glance you can see which apps occupy the most of your time.
Time Sink looks at whether an app is actually being used, at whether it’s a foreground or background usage, and provides additional reports accordingly, all base on your actual usage patterns over time.
Set up is straightforward. You get two modes to use. Application or Menubar. Then launch it and ignore it for a week or two. After a few weeks you’ll have a solid pattern of usage which quickly identifies the apps that take up the most time.
You get to decide which apps are most valuable, of course.
In fact, Time Sink allows you to exclude some apps, export data files for use in Excel or a database, and auto-reset (I found that helps when I’m goofing off and not trying to be productive).
Pretty cool, huh? Will this app make you more productive? It could. You’re still in charge of which apps to use, and for which purpose. For example, Time Sink doesn’t know that the hour it took you to write an email message went to your boyfriend or your boss.
It can’t tell the difference between browsing for a research project or browsing for something on Amazon. That differentiation would make Time Sink a great app.