OK, that’s a stretch, but there’s nothing wrong with timing what we do on our Macs to improve efficiency. The problem has always been how to time what we do in a way that’s easy, simple, and perhaps even a little bit of fun. Here’s a couple of apps that do the deed for less.
Trust The Two Timers
When it comes to pushing the envelope of productivity I take a decidedly old fashioned approach. I time what I do. That means one of two things.
First, I time specific tasks. Second, once I know how long a task takes, I’ll assign a specific time to similar tasks.
That creates a sense of urgency to accomplish more is shorter period of time.
One way to do that is with a Mac app that does timing. Timebar is one. It’s inexpensive. It sits in the Mac’s Menubar, and it’s perfect to assign a specific task to a specific time period.
This is a Mac timer app that couldn’t be much easier to use. The hint is the name. Timebar. It’s in the bar. The Menubar.
Timebar is easy to setup but the visual cue for the timer as it times is in the Menubar. As time counts down, the Menubar turns blue.
At the other end of the scale (in other words, it’s free) is MenuTimer. Again, this is a Mac Menubar timer app.
Simple enough, don’t you think?
MenuTimer lets you track time right down to the millisecond, so you can monitor tasks with little more than a click to the Menubar
It toggles nicely between second and millisecond precision with a click. And, it’s a persistent timer.
That means you can quit the app, do something else, even restart your Mac and the timer keeps going, even in the background. And it keeps a log of timings.
This one is easy, simple, very accurate, and keeps on ticking. And it’s free.