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RescueTime is the best. It offers both a free version that is very good and an even better paid one.


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ManicTime is a time tracking application that allows you to collect your time spent, use it to denote what you spent your time on and analyze where you spent your time. This allows you track your tasks, and more than that if you feel it could be useful in other parts of your life. Auto tracking of computer usage Manictime sits in the background and ...


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There's also ManicTime. It's great... and free.


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Did you try Trello? It's free web-based (so u can access from anywhere) can easily collaborate with other project partners (if any)


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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:


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Disclaimer: This is purely my opinion, and what works for me may not work for others. I've noticed that as I'm working on a given task, I'm sometimes switching to another task for a couple of minutes. I'm starting to think that my tasks may be too small (some are less than an hour) and/or too closely related to each other. These two sentences ...


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I would check out TSheets. It's a one click process between each task (each task can have your preferred title) and it will easily generate a daily report to reflect your totals...


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Watches are a neglected tool. My biggest issues are that most of them take a (relatively) long time to do simple things, and that most make noise whereas I usually want a vibration. My mutewatch solves both of those problems, although introduces some new ones unique to it. I had high hopes for my motoactv but there's no SDK yet. I had an earlier version ...


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This is not a watch, but more of an old school pager: "Invisible Clock" Check out their 'Uses' tab for ideas.


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I think you want Evernote with some add-ons from the trunk. Evernote lets you clip sections or full web pages, create notes, import files. You can do it from a browser add-on, a web application, a desktop program, or a handheld device (iOS, android,others) Anything you add from one client is very quickly available from all other clients. The Evernote ...


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The tag "time-tracking" tag does not give many good answers/suggestions, but the project management sister site has a few good ones: http://pm.stackexchange.com/questions/3650/what-time-tracking-time-management-software-do-you-use http://pm.stackexchange.com/questions/3874/how-to-accurately-track-the-time-a-contractor-spends-on-a-project A few years ago ...


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Workrave can do this. It can even be configured to track your time across multiple computers.


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Whatever you've tried, you've found a way to defeat it. Tools will only get you so far. You need to train yourself to not wander. I struggle with the same thing, but for different reasons. One thing that has worked is I ask myself before I click on a link: "Why am I going there?" If you have a productive, defined purpose for going there, then go there. ...


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I believe your switching from one task to another can cause because of any of following reasons. 1. First you have not identified the dependency between the tasks. 2. You cannot visualize the tasks (in to-do list) I believe it is better to have a way to visualize the tasks of your to-do list. Try using KANBAN board (Electronic or just a white board) Main ...


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It's still in development (the fundraising Kickstarter only recently ended), but if you have a smartphone, the Pebble watch will be all kinds of up your alley. It remains to be seen what people will do with it (I'm interested in developing for it, once I get mine), but it's designed to communicate with your phone via Bluetooth and therefore it should, in ...


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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.


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The simple GPS logger I own has the feature to record a timestamp (along with the location) if you press a button. The downside of this for your use is the limited runtime of those devices (I guess around 8h per charge). Do you own a smartphone? Then you could think of a number of setups which record timestamps a the press of a button. If you are into ...


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I own a watch from timex that covers all of your specifications. It has a vibration mode, two different repeating alarms, keeps time, indiglo button, battery has lasted for a long time. It has a few more features (including calendar alarms), plus the nice additional feature of being able to hide features of the watch that you aren't currently using. I got it ...


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The work time is usually limited to a similar amount every day but time is not strictly related to productivity. I personally understand productivity as a standard output unit over time, meaning a higher output in the same time interval suggests an increase in productivity. Taking for example an industry employee who's supposed to pack boxes: if he manages ...


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Your best resource for this is Electronic Counters. They have both electronic and mechanical counters that you increment by pushing a button.


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This reminded me of this device that a friend got from public radio. http://www.radiobookmark.com/ I don't know if you would be able to hack the device but I believe all it does is store a time stamp every time you click the button. They intended use is to be able to go back and stream the radio show you were listening to on public radio. But if you can ...


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The first thing to do is convince yourself that you will be more productive by taking breaks. And you will. You aren't thinking at 100% efficiency if you don't eat and sleep. The Pomodoro technique emphasizes the need to take a break regularly. You will probably find a 5 minute break every 25 minutes too far from where you are to start there. (I only do ...


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I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I'm a long term user of Rescue Time (most of the time the free version) and I can see my time spent divided by different website. I think you do not have the proper plugin/addon ...


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Outlining with Emacs org-mode Emacs org-mode (http://orgmode.org/) should be able to do what you want. It is an outliner software, so it naturally supports a tree-like structure with headlines, sub-headlines, etc. You can add tags, categories and other metadata to each headline/bullet point There are very comfortable features for clocking time spent on ...


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I use TimeSnapper Pro. This program automatically takes screenshots at a pre-determined interval but is smart about it so that only a limited amount of disk space is used. It also records the program being used or the web site being viewed and characterizes the time as productive or unproductive.


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Well, for my needs I developed WindowListener (win based, but runs on Mono in Linux): http://29algorithms.com/wordpress/projects/window-listener-0-8 http://freshmeat.net/projects/window-listener It does exactly what you as of it: track time on windows, applications, supports tagging, searching. Hope it helps ;)


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I've broken everything into small tasks Divide and conquer approach is useful, but could be harmful as in your case. My personal approach is to divide and conquer may be a technique for design but design does not end there. You need to create components where each component contains highly dependent artifacts. These components are not necessarily OO ...


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I’m the developer of a program called yaTimer (not free but reasonably priced – if you can’t afford it send me a message using the contact form and we’ll work something out) that does what you need, it's very simple to use and let you quickly create and switch between tasks - it also let you export the data to a spreadsheet if you don’t like the built-in ...


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The thing that has helped us improve our estimates is not directly related to accurate time tracking, but has been utilizing the agile processes of two week iterations and "planning poker". We use planning poker to estimate each issue we assign to an iteration. You can google it for further details. The basic idea is each team member flashes a card at the ...


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I've tested many and ended up using taskcoach, freeware, open source.



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