While you’re using your Mac, how much time do you devote to using each app?
Think of the total amount of time you devote to sitting in front of you Mac. All that time can be sliced and diced and allocated to each of the apps you use, multitasking be damned. It’s a scary proposition, no?
Time Tracking is one of a handful of Mac apps which hides in the background and watches what you do and which apps you use on your Mac, when you use it, and for how long. It tracks time spent on a document, or time devoted to email, or time just browsing the web. And it does all that automatically, while you, well, do whatever you do on your Mac.
And it gives you detailed list of which apps were used when and for how much time.
Most of your activities on the Mac are tracked in a database and you can sort through the details with simple filter buttons, dates, and apps.
What’s really useful is the option to assign work on specific apps to categories, which makes Time Tracking a good app for managing billable hours.
Time tracking will be suspended after so many minutes of inactivity, and resumes again when you return. The only real negative is that Time Tracking doesn’t track all Mac apps but it does manage the basics– Safari, Chrome, Opera, Mail, Preview, Photoshop, iWork, Microsoft Office, the Finder and others.
What I found most interesting was the time tracking detail vs. what I thought I was spending time working on my Mac. That disparity gave me an incentive to focus on specific projects instead of jumping around to a multitude of different tasks, so I became a bit more productive.