They all suck up time, but how much for each app? Which apps are useful and productive vs. apps that seam pleasurable but consume too much time? Well, there’s an app for that.
Track Your Time On Each App
That’s the $64,000 question (I’m dating myself on purpose, so you’ll know how wise my sage advice on apps will be). How much time do we really use on a per app basis?
Finch is a Mac app that tracks you usage per app. At the end of the first day you can tell how much time was spent on browser browsing, how much on email, how much on Twitter and Facebook, and so on.
Why would you really want to know how much time you spend on an app anyway? I came up with 11 reasons, but before I pass along the wisdom of my list, take a look at what Finch does to make those reasons worth consideration.
There’s not much to configure. Install Finch.
It sits in your Mac’s Menubar and tracks which apps are used, when they’re used, and calculates the total time used on each app and each app’s windows (browsers, for example).
A Finch report gives you more detail than you need to know, but some of it is both revealing and useful (click the image above for a larger, pop up view of the report).
Click the date range or a specific date to see which apps were used and when and the total time.
Why Bother To Track Time?
That’s a good question, but you already have a few answers.
#11 – Billing: You need to know how much time is devoted for each client project.
#10 – Curiosity: That’s what got me to look at Finch.
#9 – Time: You don’t know what’s wasting your time online. This is how to find out.
#8 – Employees: You want to know what your employees are doing on their computers all day.
#7 – Children: You want to know what your children are doing on their computers all day.
#6 – Spouse: You want to know what your spouse does on the computer all night.
#5 – Spying: You put Finch on friends or family member’s Mac so you can see what apps they use all the time (you’re weird).
#4 – Efficiency: Your New Year’s Resolution from 2004 was to not waste time on your Mac. This will show you how to improve.
#3 – Support Add Store: You’re proud that Apple has $75-billion in the bank, and you want to do your part to help out.
#2 – The Race: You’re racing against a fellow employee to see which of you can get the most done each day.
#1 – Collection: You collect Mac apps that do only one thing.
Yeah, I admit to stretching a bit, but there’s bound to be a couple on my list that make Finch worth using. Fortunately, Finch isn’t expensive. Unfortunately, Finch is available from the Mac App Store only, and there’s no trial or lite version.