App of the Week: ProcrastiTracker 1.4

Published Date
18 - Dec - 2011
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18 - Dec - 2011
 
App of the Week: ProcrastiTracker 1.4

Do you like spying on yourself? Do you like to know exactly how much time you spend on your computer, and what do you in this time? Well, ProcrastiTracker is exactly such a spy.

Now ProcrastiTracker isn't "spyware" in the traditional sense. Much less than a camera is a spy tool if you use it on yourself. ProcrastiTracker records tracks how long you use each application on your computer, and when. It can then reveal to you your darkest secret; you really did spend over a 100 hours on Facebook this week. 

As expected this can be of great use in understanding your own computer usage pattern, so you know where you are spending your time if you are not being productive enough. If you charge by the hour, you can use this to estimate exactly how long you spent working. Unlike some other software for managing time, you don't need to start and stop a timer. Also, since it tracks software usage, you can work on multiple projects and keep switching between them without managing multiple timers. On the other hand, since its tracking is based on how much time you spend on each software, if you use many on a project or none, it won't be of much help.

An interesting feature of this software is that it can even track time spent on tasks within an application. So if you use Microsoft Word, it will be able to tell you how much time you spend on each document. It does this by monitoring changes in title and splitting out the name of the software from it.

You can also tag different applications / tasks with labels to make it easy to see where you spend your time. You can filter on labels and time durations as well.

If you install it on someone else's computer you can track them as well, but just don't OK? Since you can't hide this software anyway it would be the equivalent of placing a clunky recorder next to someone else's phone and visiting their house every once and a while to collect the recoding.

This software is so light you will hardly know it's there! It uses minimal memory, and is under an MB to download. If you feel like spying on yourself, download it from here.