UPDATE: This article generated over 5,000 page views in under 24 hours, so I’ve posted a follow-up interview with Tony Wright, RescueTime’s Founder & CEO.
I’m participating in a closed Beta of Rescuetime.com and installed the software on Sunday. Yesterday sat down at my desk for 10 hours and then hit the site. Here are the results:
All I can say is, I was floored that after 10 hours I’d used less than half my time effectively.
Rescuetime lets you tag apps, so the graph above is a graph of apps that I’ve tagged as work, personalblog, etc. The rest of the time is distributed among random websites, apps and other distractions.
Here’s the breakdown of my top apps and websites:
I got into a flamewar with someone on news.ycombinator.com which blew away more than an hour of my day. Most of my work is in an SSH session using an app called PuTTY. I hack my hosts file when I code and use our corporate blog for testing, so blog.linebuzz.com and linebuzz.com are also tagged as work sites and grouped into the ‘work’ graph above. The time spent on markmaunder.com was writing personal blog entries. I’m a huge fan of Brad Feld’s blog, hence the time on feld.com.
So I’ve canceled two meetings this morning and have severely limited my personal blogging time today to try and get at least 7 continuous hours of REAL work in before I head to the naked truth panel and party tonight at 5pm.