What does Timing do? It depends upon your perspective and your requirements. At the basic level of usage, Timing simply tracks the time you spend on your Mac, app by app, hour by hour, day by day. How can that possibly be worthwhile? It depends upon your perspective, but I call it like I see it. It’s worthwhile.
Measure And Improve
A Mac user can look at Timing a number of ways. The one I prefer parallels the old adage, ‘Performance measured is performance improved.’ Athletes measure their performance and work to improve their results. So do those who make money in business. Measuring and tracking processes and progress can improve overall performance of almost anything.
Mac users rejoice. You’re about to have your performance improved. The Timing app sits in the background and simply tracks the amount of time you use your Mac. Not just as a total, but as a sum of the parts, and of each of the parts.
For example, Timing can watch what you do and when and for how long in Safari, Chrome, Mail, Office, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and a whole bunch of different Mac apps. The results are easily viewed and understood.
Timing tracks each app as well as documents associated with the app. With a few clicks you can see how much time was devoted to each.
This is beneficial in a variety of ways. For example, if you bill your time to a client then Timing helps to record the time spent.
Another example is to see what employees are doing while using your Mac in a business environment. Check the stats visually by app, or use the built-in charting capability.
Finally, Timing is especially good at showing you what your Mac using time is devoted to so you can improve your own personal efficiency.
Wasting too much time browsing the web? Timing knows. Putting in too much time on answering email? Timing knows. I can see value in using Timing for professionals who normally have a timer for tasks and projects for their clients. Timing does it all in the background and automatically.
Built-in categories make it easier to use Timing but you may customize your own categories to get a more granular look at your Mac habits. It’s a Mac App Store app, yes, but the developer has wisely provided a try-before-you-buy version so you can see how it works (10 days) on OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan.