No, it’s not the quality of the todo list or task manager. The problem might have more to do with how much time you use other apps. How would you know? Install this little tracking utility and it tells you which apps you use the most and when.
Track Me, Baby!
Time Tracking is one of those handy little Mac apps that mostly sits in the background collecting information about what you’re doing on the Mac.
Don’t think of it as Big Brother because you have to install it yourself. It’s more like Big Sister watching what you do, not condemning, but offering some insight.
Time Tracking automatically tracks which apps you’re working on and when, and it tracks which documents are being worked.
If you’re browsing around the web, Time Tracking tacks that, too, and by browser and web page visited.
At the end of a week of using your Mac, Time Tracking will display a sophisticated graph which maps out what you used, how much you used it, and when.
The Day Filter displays the activity on your Mac for a specific day, a week, or a custom period. Give it about a week before checking to make sure you’ve captured representative usage.
The log for each action can be extensive and it lists the times and apps, as well as documents being used.
The charts are more useful than expected and not mere eye candy for a database of logged details.
For example, at a glance you can see which categories of work get the most use over a period of time.
You control the apps that are displayed in each category, too. And, speaking of apps, this is the only negative about using Time Tracking.
It tracks easily most of the apps that most of us use, including Safari, Mail, Chrome, Opera, Preview, iWorks’ Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
It also tracks Microsoft Office, Evernote, LibreOffice, the Finder, and editors Coda, TextWrangler, BBEdit, TextEdit, DashCode, and others. And, it’ll grab the time you spend watching movies on QuickTime player.
Not included on the list are iPhoto and iMovie, both of which I use extensively. Still, if you want to get a more clear picture of what you’re doing on your Mac, let Time Tracking be your Big Sister.