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I don't think keystrokes are a good metric. You can sit and type and backspace all day long to get a high keystroke count, and not have any productivity. Or play typing speed games. You don't want to measure activity, you want to measure results. I suggest a better proxy is "pages produced", using some standard definition of a page. For example, page ...
Try this alertness test: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/how-awake-are-you. This reaction time test may also interest you: http://www.topendsports.com/testing/reactiontest.htm
I use RescueTime, it's great! It has superb reporting, you can see your activity per day, week, month, etc. Another awesome feature is that it can distinguish between productive activity and non-productive activity, you can view per category / application how much time you have spent on it. You can checkout Scott Hanselman's review for further details:
You could try Workrave. It's a tool to help prevent RSI rather than a time management tool, but it keeps track of mouse movement and number of keystrokes.
I don't think keystrokes are a good metric for productivity unless you are a typist. Having read through this, I don't think you even know how to define productive activities and unproductive activities. How productive you are is a balance between what you have to achieve and the time you are taking to achieve it.
I was coming here to firstly suggest manictime, as I used to use this and it is a good all around tracking program. However, this was overkill and I too only wanted to know my active hours, so ditched it for KeyStrokes. This is a lightweight option which tracks keyboard usage over the day: Keystrokes Homepage. The only downside is that it does not track ...
I've tried a few approaches - maybe they'll give you ideas… For a while I did a regular analsis of my browsing history to show how much time I was wasting… all it took was firefox and a very small bit of excel fu and you could do this sort of thing… (apologies for lack of tabs) > 01/03/2011 12/03/2011 22/03/2011 27/03/2011 > Youtbue ...
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