I tracked my computer usage and productivity from August 22 – November 3, using the RescueTime plugin. The application passively tracked my computer usage by time, program, they try to extrapolate what kind of activity I am doing by what program I am using.
Weekly reminders – The software sends you a weekly summary by email. The timing of this email was only good one or two times over the three months. Meaning, when it sent me the weekly summary, that resulted in me looking at my data only twice (lined up with a good time to check and interest was high). Otherwise it was annoying and caused me to want to disable to the entire software. Would have been nice to have it sent to me during my lunch break on Tuesday right before my QS class (usually).
Lots of numbers little meaning – The software provides a multiple ways of looking at the data. The first is a dashboard with summaries, similar to the weekly update, can be viewed by day, week, month, year. Or there are detailed views around each subject. The thing I found most insightful was comparing the same day across weeks. If a single day was not viewed as effecient that did not matter although it did make me wonder why, usually there was a very good reason (taking care of my son resulted in lots of movie watching and game playing)
One device is not enough – To truly get an understanding of my productivity I would need to be tracking all my devices (computer, phone, ipad, school computer, work computer, wife’s computer, wife’s phone) and to have that data aggregated together.