How to Use RescueTime to Improve Productivity

RescueTime is a great tool to help you get a handle on how you spend your time. If you are interested, sign up for the free account through my referral link and I’ll earn two weeks of free RescueTime. Sign up for a paid account, and you’ll help me extend my account by 30 days. This is also a great way for you to get to use this tool, since referrals earn you free time. I’m sure that many of you will be interested after watching my tutorial video. It’s an easy way to increase your productivity.

I hope you found this tour of RescueTime interesting and that you’ll give it a spin. It’s really been helping me, and I think it could help you, too. My best wishes to you as you find ways to rescue time and find more life in your work/life balance.

What Is RescueTime?

After using RescueTime for a few weeks, you will start to see where the majority of your time is spent. If you are an Online Entrepreneur and haven’t been experiencing as much success as you feel you should be experiencing, it may be because you are spending a lot of time doing unproductive activities.

I personally am guilty of spending way too much time on Social Networking sites and have set up parameters to alert me when I spend more than 1 hour a day on these social networks. This helps me out by limiting my time on these networks to only use them in the most efficient way possible. It forces me to really focus and use these networks in the best way possible.

Here is what my last week’s productivity looked like. It just shows yesterdays I’m working on improving this by first recognizing where I am spending my time and then going to focus on eliminating most of the unproductive time. The images below are from the Sep 4-10 week.

(Click the Picture to See a Larger Version)


What do these graphs tell me?

Let’s take a closer look at this and really dig into what this chart is telling me about my productivity. Each of these charts has a specific purpose and is used to help you increase your productivity.

Efficiency Summary 



At this point, I am only at a 31% efficiency. This shows that I’m more distracted than 92% of people and I need to become more focused!

Productivity By Day 

This shows me last weeks productivity. As you can see, the red is “very distracting” and is where the majority of my time was spent. BOO!!
You’ll notice that most of my time last week was spent on “distracting” or “very distracting” activities. I havent’ gone in and changed all of the websites to find out which are considered productive and will be working on that and sharing it in another blog post. From this chart, it appears that I spent only about 8 hours last week on “very productive” activities.

All Categories


This is the all categories section and shows that the majority of my time last week was spent on Social Networking. I did create a few videos last week and spent quite a bit of time editing them as well. I’ll need to work on categorizing more of the websites because it looks like I spent 9 hours on “Uncategorized” activities. It does me no good not knowing what these activities are so I’ll be adding more details about this in another post.

You can see more in-depth details in the:

All Activities Section

You can see that I spent over 8 hours on Facebook. I spent about 5 hours on Twitter. I spent about 3 hours on YouTube. Spending that time on YouTube doesn’t bother me because I was going through the Video Traffic Academy course and doing research for the course. The time on Quicktime player was spent watching part of Frank Kern’s Mass Control 2 course. Some of the other time I could have spent better although I did a good job with spending less than 2 hours on checking my e-mails. (I’ve been working on spending the minimum amount of time on email)

This next week I am going to try to improve my productivity using RescueTime. If you want to start using RescueTime you can sign up for free:

Click Here to Sign Up For RescueTime for FREE 

Do you have any tips or tricks for increasing your productivity?
 Leave comments below. 

4 Responses to “How to Use RescueTime to Improve Productivity”

  • Mandee Widrick on September 15, 2011

    Nice, I’ll have to try this out! 

    • Chris Hughes on September 16, 2011

      it’s definitely interesting to see where you’ve been spending time. 

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