RescueTime

RescueTime

4.5 / 5 29 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Companies of all sizes looking to increase their employee productivity and manage time well.


Average Ratings

29 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $9.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    Monthly: $9 per month Annual: $72 per year (4 months free)
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • RescueTime
  • www.rescuetime.com/

About RescueTime

Web-based time management and analytics tool for workers who want to be more efficient and productive. Prevents distractions and possibilities of becoming scattered in your digital life. RescueTime helps you understand daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. It runs securely in the background on your computer while keeping track of time spent on applications and websites giving you a clear depiction of your day.


RescueTime Features

  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Employee Database
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Offline Time Tracking
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Timesheet Management
  • Vacation / Leave Tracking

RescueTime Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Great for small business owners & entrepreneurs

Jun 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Love using RescueTime to quantify my computer usage. Gives me great metrics for productivity and works seamlessly in the background.

Cons: Not much to not like, it does what it says it does. Would like more tools to improve productivity during the day as RescueTime is so invisible you forget its running.

So that's where all my time goes ... writing software reviews.

Jun 18, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I've been using the free version for some time now. It was really interesting at first, now I generally ignore it. But, I should probably take a look at my reports again to see how I'm doing.

I'm impressed that it not only keeps track of time spent browsing different sites but time spent using local programs (Word, Excel, or even Remote Desktop, but not the specific usage on a remote computer).

You can specify a category and how productive or distracting each website or program is. This is really helpful because a site could be productive for some people and distracting for others, depending on the type of work you do.

Cons: Sometimes I wish that it kept more history. I think it does if you pay for it. So, that makes sense.

I just have it on my Windows desktop. I tried to add it to my android phone once and it didn't seem to work well. But, to be honest I didn't try very hard to get it setup.

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Not the best time managment software but not bad either

Jun 16, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its a simple software to use, that keeps track of how and where you use your time on the computer, itĀ“s really helpful to see at the end of the day how much time you spent doing what and to complete the goals you set for your self and it helps a lot knowing really how much "working" time you spend not being productive

Cons: Since i work on different projects but on the same software or webpage it became hard to track how much of thet time was actually spent on the different programs, so it didnt really work for me

Essential for Telecommuters and anyone billing hourly

Jun 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: seamlessly integrates with all browsers. the same account can run on multiple machines. the default setup is pretty accurate and easy to customize to your productivity tendencies.

Cons: viewing trends over multiple years can be slow. Id love the ability to generate a lifetime report for view later.

Overall: ability to see how focused i am from day to day.

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It helps me manage my time and my website activity!

Jun 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I've been using this to track my internet usage and how much time I spent on a certain website. This is crucial especially when you are trying to manage and optimise your time, you need to know how you are spending it. RescueTime is a lifesaver!

Cons: There are times that website activity detection is not that accurate. But I don't mind the glitch as it still serves its purpose.

Thank you Rescue Time for keeping me on track!

May 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the report that they send me each week, which shows how much time I have been spending on each task. Even better is that it was all set up for me, without me having to input anything extra. I like that it separates tasks into client work, and non-productive time and provide a visual chart graphic to help me really see how I am doing.

Cons: I honestly can't think of anything I don't like! Since social media is both a business task and personal/entertainment it is hard to know 100% on that one category, but I don't think that is a fault of the software.

Overall: peace of mind that I am on task and spending the right amount of time working

Great for freelancers and time-conscious people

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: RescueTime is amazing for tracking your own time. Freelancers and consultants can use it to stay time conscious. Individuals can be more conscientious.

Cons: Not many downsides! The software looks and feels a little clunky, and I wish you had more flexibility with the reporting and activity summaries.

Great time saving tool, really makes you understand how you handle your time.

May 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Gets you to understand what you spend your time on, with no effort at all, I can really recommend it for anyone who wants to be efficient.

Cons: It takes a while to understand how to use it and all its features, can be a bit complicated for the average Joe.

Use it every day to understand how I spend my time

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It really helps to see on what one spend one's day - without much fuss, as it just work in background. To get a really thorough analysis, get the premium version and

Cons: To get clear picture you have paradoxically invest your time categorizing various activities. Plus it tends to underestimate your hard work in certain tasks - for example if you are doing research and have to google a lot.

Overall: Helps you to understand where your time flows.

Great way to make sure you stay on task

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Just works away in the background no intrusive at all rescue time just tracks what you are spending your time on day by day then sends you a report of how productive you have been.
It's nice to have targets to aim at for your productivity and interesting to see actually how you spend the time on your laptop , with the reports this is pretty easy.

Cons: Sometimes it is easy to forget it there (which is good and bad) and therefore not stop procrastinating until its to late.

I use it mainly to see how much time I spend on certain websites

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: It gives me a useful insight into my web browsing habit. I can easily see how much time I spent on websites. It even sorts them into categories.

Cons: Sometimes it's mis-characterizes websites I visit. It doesn't happen very often so it's not a huge problem.

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Surprisingly accurate and very insightful

May 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It was easy to get set up and customize what behavior is considered valuable or not to my work day. It gave me a good personal metric to keep myself on track throughout my work week.

Cons: Nothing really, it delivers what it promises and even works on your desktop! I did not trying using this with a team and only used it personally, i imagine that with a team there are ways to beat the machine

Overall: gives great insight into your day and helps keep yourself in check from distractions!

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RescueTime lets me see how much "business" work I do each week.

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: 1. Easy to use.
2. Easy to customize/configure to track the things I do.
3. I use the free version, which has great features for free.
4. Being competitive, I like to try and beat my previous week's score and be more productive.

Cons: There are few things I don't like about RescueTime. They have new versions out frequently, but the install is completely painless (does not require a computer restart), so it is a very minor inconvenience.

Simple to use, takes a little bit of setup, but worth it

Apr 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's really easy to use and once you go through setting things up it takes no thought or effort. It just runs in the background and reports weekly. Knowing that it's running helps me stay on task.

Cons: The auto-categorization works okay, but I needed to spend a good chunk of time custom categorizing various apps and websites because it was throwing off my reporting. (But I AM glad that they at least allow you that option)

Overall: Good weekly reporting of time usage, with decent granularity. It's totally out of the way and does everything without me thinking about it now that I have all of my apps and regular websites categorized.

RescueTime helps you manage the most limited resource you have.

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love that RescueTime is both easy to use, requiring very little setup, and also infinitely customizable, meaning that over time you can mold it to exactly what you want it to be doing. For instance, in tracking how productively you are using your time, it already knows that certain websites are distracting and certain ones are productive, but if your work requires you to spend some time on a specific "distracting" website, you can re-categorize it as needed to capture that.

Cons: I have very few complaints about RescueTime. I feel like it does everything I need it to do. If anything, I wish the free version had more features, but I am more than happy to pay for the premium version to get the features I need.

I have tried this program to see if it is useful for delegating time on certain projects.

Apr 16, 2018
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that it gives you ways to set goals and avoid distractions while you are working and then can break it down for you by keeping track of everything you are doing.

Cons: I really do not like that you have to download the software to keep track of what you are doing, it is a little invasive. It seems like you should be able to do what this program offers without having to download and install software to track your actions.

Runs in the background

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What I like about Rescue time is that it checks how your spending your time in the background, which is much better than other apps that ask you to mark off time for different activities. The free version is enough for me.

Cons: Unfortunately, it only keeps track of when you are using apps and your computer. Ideally it should keep track of how much time you are in the car and walking as well.

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Affordable, Easy-to-Use Productivity and Time Tracking Solution

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: RescueTime requires little to no configuration or attention. You simply install it on your computer and/or install the various browser plugins and let it do its thing - tracking your activities and time.

Cons: As an analytics nerd, I would like to see RescueTime have even more tracking features and abilities. The one con that I will mention is having to specifically allow RescueTime to specifically track what is being done in certain websites/applications.

Overall: RescueTime allows me to keep tabs on my self essentially. I can see what I've been doing and how long I was doing it. Specifically, it allows me to see how much time I wasted on Facebook and how much time I spent working on a project.

It tracks time, but not in an intuitive or useful way.

Mar 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It does a pretty good job of breaking down different areas of work. And I like how there are more categories than simply productive or unproductive.

Cons: Its automated certain features aren't that good. And it seems to be really inconsistent about when it emails you your daily productivity report.

Overall: It has helped somewhat with keeping track of what I spend my time on.

Great tool to passively track how you spend your time on the computer

Mar 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Awesome to keep an eye on how you spend your time on your computer and get a report sent straight to your email with clear information.

Cons: It doesn't take into account your time spent on your smartphone on tablet, which would be great considering the mobile first mentality of these days.

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Very customizable to meet your needs

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The software offers exactly what you need through multiple product options. The data is very easy to interpret once you learn how to use the software. This has allowed people in our company to be more productive and make better choices in the use of their time.

Fairly customizable even on the free plan

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Seamlessly tracks my time and send me a weekly update to give me an idea of where I'm spending my time

Cons: While you can generally customize the way different websites/programs are categorized, there isn't a way to do onetime categorization. Which means there isn't a way to differentiate between when you're, for instance, in Facebook for work (productive) versus scrolling endlessly through your timeline (distracting)

Great to motivate you and get you to cut back on distracting websites

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great to see what you are doing throughout the day, really lets you know where you are wasting time and how to correct yourself. Also great because you don't have to feel guilty when you making progress and showing the team where they waste time throughout the day

Overall: Getting users to cut back more and more on distractions while at work. Accountability is also much higher while using this

Track your productivity (or unproductivity) with email reports

Mar 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: RescueTime runs in the background of my computer, tracking every single minute that I spend on the computer. Because it has a huge and comprehensive database of apps and websites that it categorizes as productive or unproductive, it can automatically break down for me how much time I've spend in the day/week as productive (or not), and whether I've reached the goals that I've set up myself on the website. I love the email reports that they send to me, letting me know how much time I've actually spent on my work.

Cons: The included software on the Mac looks rudimentary, but it's not even something I have to deal with because it just runs in the background in the menu bar. It doesn't offer an option to hide the menu bar icon, so if that bothers you you'll need something like Bartender to hide it.

Get rid of distractions.

Oct 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I use it to get my weekly productivity score and stay on track. It works like a conscience, an inner feeling that you should not waste your time and procrastinate but get your job done. I use other app as a timesheet replacement, but this one helps me to see in details towards what did my time go. The Light version is free forever.

Cons: The interface is not what I would have expected. At the beginning its quite challenging to set up everything on-line. I believe that some ready templates could help to lift off. I believe that premium version is required if you get serious about improving your productivity.

Great tool for staying productive

Jul 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use: RescueTime is very intuitive and easy to use. Once it is downloaded and installed, it starts automatically.
Easy to customize: It just takes a few clicks to tell RescueTime which activities are productive for your business.
Weekly summary report: RescueTime doesn't blow up your inbox, but rather sends a weekly summary to help you keep your time spent on business on track.
Tracks the user on multiple workstations: If you use more than one workstation, RescueTime will aggregate your time.
Regular, easy updates: RescueTime updates come out regularly, and take a single click. Yay!
Great value for the money: I use the FREE version, and it does what I need.

Cons: I can't think of any cons. However, I have not use the paid version of RescueTime, so I don't know what features or benefits I am missing out on.

Overall: I have recommended this product to our attorneys. Great way to keep track of how much time you spend weekly on business related activities on your workstation.

Rescue Time - a great time tracking software

Apr 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Rescue Time hit all the right notes when I was looking for a low cost alternative for time tracking. It is very powerful though. Lacking only a few areas . The interface is not the most intuituve or prettiest, but they are improving with every update. I strongly recommend it.

Fantastic product

Apr 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, fantastic insight, great plugin, syncs across devices

Cons: There are some options that I want that I don't get with the free product, but that's to be expected. Even the with the free product, it's fantastic.

Overall: I have only used the free version, but it has given me great insight into my day. Beyond that, the competitor in me wants to do better each day, meet my goals, and see the numbers go up. The great thing is that the tracking and analytics just takes care of itself and I can see the results.

Recommendations to other buyers: Hook up you phone and browser so you get a full picture of your day. Just plug in and then forget about it until you check it to see how you're doing.

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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