The Internet can be a great productivity aid, but it can also be a massive time-sink if you’re easily distracted. If you’re likely to fall victim to procrastination when you’re online Rescue Time wants to help. After downloading and installing, the application will help you monitor, track and control your Internet usage – collecting data and providing detailed reports on what you did, where you did it and how productive it was. There’s a free version for private use and if you upgrade to the paid subscription you can ask the software to block you (or your staff) from unproductive websites when they are used excessively. It can also send you an alert when anyone is wasting too much time online – 1984 anyone? Whether you’re running a small office or working alone at home it makes a very good reality checker. With Rescue Time looking over your shoulder there is little chance you’ll be asking yourself, “where did the day go?” You’ll have a graph and several pie-charts telling you exactly where it went – kind of like procrastination². Whether you have the strength of will to act upon those findings is another matter entirely.
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