A long, long time ago, I wrote about five organizational apps that you can use to organize your work. Now, I’d like to write about five time management apps that you can use to manage your work.
‘Cause we all need a little help managing our work load. (Okay, so maybe it’s just me.)
Cost: Free (offers premium plans)
I started using RescueTime a little while ago, and so far, I’m very impressed by it. However, since it doesn’t have an extension for iOS, it’s not a go-to, solve-all app for me. (RescueTime does have an extension for Mac, though.)
RescueTime tracks your activities, whether you’re using the programs on your desktop or using your browser. It files them into different categories, ranging from distracting to productive. RescueTime even sends weekly email summaries to your inbox, detailing the time you’ve spent working or being unproductive.
They have a large database of applications and websites already filed into categories. But, you can customize the categories (and most of the RescueTime settings) as needed. You can also set “goals” for your time, like “spend 2 hours per day writing”, or, “spend less than 30 minutes per day on social media”.
If you’re having trouble “getting stuff done”, and want to know where all your time is going, check out RescueTime.
Cost: Free (offers subscription plan)
HabitRPG is a pretty interesting piece of programming. Its name pretty much explains its purpose. HabitRPG lets you assign it your tasks, and when you complete them, you earn experience points. Or XP, depending on how much time you spend playing RPGs.
There are dozens more features, including quests (yes, like in normal RPGs), guilds, and a reward system. Speaking of which, when you check off to-dos, the game will give you coins. In-game coins can be used to purchase those rewards I was telling you about earlier. The rewards can be the game’s, or some reward that you plug into the game yourself.
HabitRPG is worth checking out, especially if you like the old-fashioned role-playing games as much as I do.
Tracking Time is a time management program in the truest sense of the word. Tracking Time does just that, it tracks how much time you spend on a project. You choose a task, then you press a button to start tracking the time.
You can also collaborate with others. If you’re working for someone , you can input that data into Tracking Time’s dashboard. If you’re working with someone, you can input that data into the dashboard, and then assign tasks to your collaborators. (Tracking Time will send you notifications, so that you always know what your crew is up to.)
Cost: Free ($4.99 for iPad app)
Do It Tomorrow is just about as simple as it gets. If there’s anything that you need to accomplish that day, insert it under the “Today” section and check it off when you’ve completed it. Anything you can’t do that day, then insert it underneath the “Tomorrow” section.
See? Easy as eating chocolate cake. And that’s all there is to it.
Cost: Free (offers premium plan)
Toggl is a lot like Tracking Time, in the sense that it also measures the amount of time you spend on a project. Toggl is perfect for collaborating, and working with a team. That’s what I used it for. It works offline, so that when I really needed to get things done, and turned off the Wi-Fi, the program still worked.
Toggl program will send you productivity reports via email, so that there’s no escaping that project you’ve been procrastinating over.
There are lots of “mini-features”, including color-coding your projects, sub-projects, and a public API. The latter makes my programming heart thump with joy.
So, there you have it. Five time management tools to help you, well, manage your time. I hope this list proves useful to you guys.
Have you used any of the apps I laid out above? What are your favorite time management programs?