If there’s a phrase that’s guaranteed to catch my hair on fire it’s, “Honey, what did you do all day?” My husband should live so long as to be able to read my daily to-do list without running screaming from the house.
I have a household to run, and three pre-school girls to track down. That’s what I do all day. Well, that and muck around on my Mac for fun and profit. Facebook and Twitter don’t post by themselves (although that would make a great app; it posts something snarky, cute, profound every hour). Still, do you know which Mac apps you use the most and what they do?
For that you’ll need a little Timing app.
The Time Tracker App Your Boss Will Love
I admit it. There are times, when the kids are visiting his in laws (if the family tree is too complex, they’re my parents), and the day draws to an end, me and my Mac become buddies and I get lost in a splurge of digital nirvana.
If it’s not catching up on email, it’s browsing the web, tweeting, posting to Facebook, watching cats on YouTube, wondering why Netflix’s television selection sucks, or trying out new apps and wondering if I’ll ever make any money doing what I really love.
That’s the life of a Mac mommy author wannabe. So, where does my time get wasted? Besides with an Absolut beverage, shaken, not stirred? Timing is the Mac app that knows. Plug in Timing and it becomes a merciless log of all the Mac apps and activities that suck up your keyboard and mousing time.
Run Timing for a couple of days and look what you get. A guilt trip. And a record of activities you probably don’t want your spouse to know about.
Click the Date Filter to view which apps you’ve used and when on a daily, weekly, or a customized date period.
You can even assigns specific activities for specific apps. Pages and Keynote for work. Safari for browsing.
Even the domains of web sites you visit get tracked (which and when and for how long; but Safari and Chrome only, so your secret browsing should be done in Firefox).
Timing is good for personal use, but also handy for Mac users who track their online time for clients.
Customize your own categories, assign activities to a category or lump them into projects.
If you’re wasting time playing a game on your Mac, Timing knows and will tell on you (but it only tells you– or your boss).
Fortunately, there’s a limited list of apps that Timing will track. Safari, Chrome, Mail, Preview, iWork, Microsoft Office, QuickTime, and a few others, including the Finder.
You can set Timing so it knows inactivity, too. The coolest thing is the one-click graphs; an easy way to see where the day really went. One picture is worth a thousand words.
Timing is an elegant, useful, Big Brother-type of app. It’s helpful for those who need it, but incriminating evidence gatherer for those Mac users who probably devote more time to apps that their hourly salary justifies.