The same holds true for those of us who log plenty of extra keyboard time on our Macs. We know we’re working, but do we know how much? For example, how much time is devoted each day to browsing? To email? Here’s how to find out.
Not The Kitchen Sink
One of my favorite, behind-the-scenes and only occasionally used Mac apps is called Time Sink. It has nothing to with the sink or the kitchen.
Instead, you’ll get a view over time of which apps you sink your teeth into each day, and that means you’re measuring what you do, and despite the Big Brother concern, that’s a good thing.
God only gives us so much time on planet earth and it might help our journey to know where we can improve how we use our time.
That’s what Time Sink does. It tracks the time you spend on your Mac each do. Which apps you use and when gets tracked by day, total, actively using.
Install Time Sink and let it collect data for a week or so. It resides in the background and doesn’t take up much of the Mac’s system resources.
But it can track and display which apps you use and when you use them.
Applications you’ve used are listed in one window and display the number of days monitored totally, with the number of days used in the foreground. Don’t worry. Time Sink doesn’t track time when you leave your Mac for lunch.
Time Sink doesn’t watch your facial expressions or count your keyboard keystrokes (though that would be nice touch and provide more accurate usage data), but it does give you a quick idea where you devote most of your Mac-using time.
Preferences are nominal, but Time Sink does benefit by setting up preferences. You may have an app that you use but don’t want to be tracked. Also, the graphing of Mac usage over time tends to look a bit muddied and cluttered, but the whole idea here is to highlight general usage, and not get granular about which apps are used and what you’re doing each minute of each day.