I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given moment, including which document is open in that application (or which website if the application is a browser).
Since I do almost all my work on my computer, this kind of tracking software will cover my needs. It would help me understand what I spend my time on, and especially keep track of how much time I waste on distractions.
Other features that would be cool:
- Syncing with a calendar application (like Google Calendar).
- Producing reports, and maybe sending them to a person of my choice (knowing someone I care about is monitoring me will really give me motivation to avoid time-wasting websites, for example).
- Defining which applications, documents and websites are related to each project, so I could automatically get data about how much time I worked on each project.
I have heard of a few programs such as rescuetime and chrometa, but I'm not sure if they're any good, and maybe there's more I haven't heard of (there is also a comparison chart on wikipedia but it's pretty lame).
Do you know of any time tracking software? What are its pros/cons?