RescueTime’s NaNoWriMo experiment: Quantified-self for writers

RescueTime loves helping people make the most of their time, and even more than that, we love understanding how people make the most of their time. We want to know what it takes to accomplish a project like National Novel Writer’s Month. So we’re doing an experiment, and we’d like your help.

If you don’t already know, RescueTime is a service that helps people understand their time on the computer and increase their productivity. Similar to Quantified Self gadgets that measure your sleep or physical activity levels, RescueTime gives you a detailed breakdown of the different things you are doing while on the computer.

Some of the things RescueTime allows writers to easily do:

  • See how much time per week you’ve spent in your word-processing program (down to the second)
  • Learn how long you spend on distracting web sites, instead of writing
  • Understand if you work more productively in the morning or in the evening

In addition to the personal analytics, RescueTime provides several tools to help people block out distractions and stay motivated.

For the month of November, we’re offering the use of our premium tools for free to writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. At the end of the month, we’ll look for patterns among all participants, and see if we can spot any trends that reveal ways to stay motivated and focused.

Of course, we’ll share the cool stuff we find. And once the experiment is over, anyone who wishes to continue using RescueTime’s Pro version can do so at a discount.

Learn more about how to join the experiment here.