Updates to offline time loggingPosted: October 10, 2012
For a while, RescueTime Pro users have had the ability to log short amounts of time via our offline time prompt. This works great in many cases. It’s automatic, has a small cognitive load, and is quite accurate so long as you’ve only left your computer for a single activity.
But, there are also some times where it doesn’t work so well. Some examples:
- You need to log more than one activity at a time, like if you go directly from a meeting to lunch.
- You want to log time when your computer isn’t on, such as your morning commute.
- You’d like to fine tune the start and stop times.
- You rather enter offline time when it makes sense to you, rather than immediately when you return to your computer.
We just rolled out an alternative way to enter offline time through our website. This new format can be used alongside the original offline time popup, or by itself.
Here’s a video showing how it works
You can get to this new page in a few different ways:
- There is a green button labeled “Enter offline time” in the sidebar of any page on RescueTime.com (if you’re logged in with your RescueTime Pro account).
- Clicking the new “more options” button on the automatic offline time prompt.
- There is a new menu item if you click on the RescueTime icon in your Windows System Tray (or OS X toolbar)
We also added another small, but useful feature. You can now dismiss the offline time prompt for an hour at a time. We heard from several of our users that the popup can inconveniently rear it’s head during a meeting or presentation. This allows you to “mute” the popups for a while.
While we generally have a bias towards capturing time automatically, we feel like these additions are a great improvement and really open up the opportunities for capturing those important blocks of time that the RescueTime Robot can’t get on it’s own. Like the original offline time tracking, this feature is for RescueTime Pro subscribers only.
If you’re on the free plan and would like to upgrade, click here.
If you’d like to sign up for a new RescueTime account, you can do that here.
p.s. Special thanks to everyone who helped us test and refine this feature. We were able to use the feedback to make some valuable changes. If anyone else would like to be on our beta tester list, you can sign up here.
p.p.s. The changes in the automatic offline time prompt will be going out as an automatic update shortly. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can download the update version here.