I want my iPhone and Siri to do that by facial and hand recognition but that may have to wait until iOS 7. In the meantime, here’s an absolutely drop dead easy method in an affordable app that lives in your Mac’s Menubar.
Where Did The Day Go?
Instead of installing a Mac app to monitor your app usage while not totally understanding what you do or why or how, there’s an easier and more accurate way to monitor your productive time.
Add TaskLog to your Mac. This clever app tracks what you do but only when you tell it to track. It takes two clicks to get started but only one to stop.
I think of TaskLog as part timer, part to-do list or task manager, and part reminder.
Start working on a task by telling TaskLog to time you. The timer begins. When you’re done or need to pause, all it takes is a click.
TaskLog remembers both the task and the time accumulated. That knowledge grows over time in the form of data which can be exported as CSV files, or as daily, weekly, month, or yearly reports.
How easy is this?
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Getting started is easier than any to-do or task manager you’ve ever used. Click Start a New Task button.
Then, add the task. It’s ready and waiting. When you start work on that task, TaskLog logs the start time and the finish time.
When completed, tasks and all the timing information can be copied from TaskLog to send in email or paste into an invoice.
A couple of clicks to get started is easy enough, but once you’ve used TaskLog you’ll want to use the custom keyboard shortcuts to start, stop, edit or finish a task.
It doesn’t take much effort to create a long list of tasks or little projects to time, so there’s a built-in search to find tasks. An improvement would be custom tags or client assignment, those are not deal breakers, though I would like an easier way to select from a list of tasks.