How much time do you spend on your Mac each day? How many apps are running and which ones do you use the most?
Most of us have only vague answers to those questions. Here’s a way your Mac can track what you’re doing on your Mac and give you quick and accurate summary of which apps get used, when, and how much time is devoted to Mac use.
Questioning My Own Productivity
Color me intrigued. I’m on my Mac from early morning to late at night (with breaks, of course) and bounce back and forth between a variety of Mac apps.
Which ones get the most use? When do I use which apps?
Honestly, I don’t know. Could I be more productive? Do I have some bad habits to identify and overcome?
Is there an inexpensive app that can track my Mac usage behavior, do so quietly, efficiently, work in the background, not run down my Mac’s battery, and not send the data to the government?
Actually, there is. Activity Audit.
Track What You Do, And When
Simply put, Activity Audit is what you think it is, but with a twist. It’s an app that audits, or tracks, your Mac usage. Whatever you’re doing gets recorded and, here’s the kicker, dropped into iCal.
This screen shot is self explanatory.
Setup Activity Audit to track all your Mac apps, or exclude specific apps (or users).
Create an iCal calendar for Activity Audit to use.
Your Mac app tracking begins when you use an app. Activity Audit creates an event in iCal. As you use the app, the event stretches, hour by hour.
This is a remarkably easy method to track your Mac usage day by day, hour by hour, app by app. Because we often use multiple apps during an hour, you’ll see the overage graphed in iCal.