Rescue Time is a web based time management and analytic application that collects its data from a software called Data Collector that is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OSX and even Linux. This is a huge advantage over other time management applications that require manual input of the data. Rescue Time collects the data automatically as long as the Data Collector is running in the background.
Statistics and Information can be accessed on the Rescue Time website that displays reminds a little bit of Google Analytics. It displays all kind of information such as the total time spend working, the most popular applications and websites, top tags and even goals that can be set in the application.
Applications and sites can be tagged which is useful to combine them if they are related. The tag image editor could for instance be linked to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and a Photoshop Tutorial website on the Internet. The user would then have the option to view the time spend with each application separately or together by looking at the tag.
Goals can be set and tracked in the application and goal alerts can be send by email and SMS to the user. Goals are related to tags. It is for instance possible to set a goal to spend less than one hour per day on entertainment sites or at least two hours updating your blogs.
There is also a summary RSS feed for goals to keep track of them that way. New users can take a look at a tour or various tutorials that explain concepts. One interesting feature that I left out is the group feature which is a Pay to use feature.
The service is aimed at business groups and can be used in a similar way to track time management and analyse the work flow, only that it is taking into consideration every member of the group.
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