RescueTime Features

RescueTime

Time management for teams of knowledge workers

4.55/5 (110 reviews)

RescueTime Feature Summary

  • Automatic recording
  • Capture time spent in meetings / phone calls
  • Weekly summary emails to users and managers
  • Rank time in specific apps as 'productive' or 'distracting'
  • Compare productive days to unproductive days
  • Block access to distracting websites
  • Comparisons against team average
  • Goal setting
  • Categorization of activities
  • Trend tracking
  • Automatic alerts
  • Detailed reports
  • Productivity score
  • Progress monitoring
  • Dashboard
  • Goals report
  • Block distracting sites
  • Track offline activity
  • Notifications
  • Daily highlights
  • Customizable categories
  • Pause or quit at any time
  • Log highlights
  • Voice call time tracking
  • Privacy options
  • Historical productivity reports
  • Website time reporting
  • Set alerting rules / nudges
  • Flag milestones & highlight achievements
  • Stopwatch tool

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Email Integration
Email Notifications
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API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Approval Process Control
Asset Management
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Categorization
Custom Forms
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Document Management
Document Storage
Email Alerts
Email Integration
Email Notifications
Forum / Discussion Board
Goal Setting / Tracking
Historical Analysis
History Tracking
Milestone Tracking
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Integration
Performance Reports
Production Tracking
Productivity Reporting
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
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API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Approval Process Control
Asset Management
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Categorization
Custom Forms
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Document Management
Document Storage
Email Alerts
Email Integration
Email Notifications
Forum / Discussion Board
Goal Setting / Tracking
Historical Analysis
History Tracking
Milestone Tracking
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Integration
Performance Reports
Production Tracking
Productivity Reporting
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
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2,805 reviews

RescueTime Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about RescueTime's features:

Kudzai Changunda

The tool of champions!

2019-01-16

Pros

It's brilliant because it tracks time by app but also by websites visited.

Cons

It would be great to set up project and task tracking within the app so we can group our activities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Gerardo Esteban Cordero Angulo

What I like most of rescuetime is it's ability to detect when an user is not using the computer.

2020-03-04

It was great, it solves the problem of not doing overtime or tracking extra paid time.

Pros

I like it's idle time feature. And their reports and graphics.

Cons

You can't track by project and make estimations about each time-consuming project in the company.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan McAnulty

My favorite solution for seeing where time is spent

2018-07-02

Easiest way to track productivity and time spent across applications/categories.

Pros

Rescuetime automatically tracks and categorizes the activities of you and your team.

Cons

I would like if there was a different way to categorize specific files from different projects into projects within rescuetime.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adithya Uday

Excellent tool to track your/employee productive time

2018-11-29

Pros

* Great easy to setup tool to track all activities done in system. * Extremely accurate regarding the activities and time usage. * Excellent reporting to generate and analyze the pattern. * Can be used to track Employee productivity. * Not a privacy nightmare as many sensitive data is not captured

Cons

*Bit expensive for premium version/organization plans.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Enrico Marcantoni

The lightest way to manage activities time

2019-08-20

I use this software al all of my basic projects when I am working alone on them.

Pros

The site has managed to provide all the necessaire feature to manage time spent on a task and it's the simpler in doing that.

Cons

I think that the site interface should be updated with a more modern design

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Internet company, 1-10 employees)

Recuetime Review

2019-01-15

Rescuetime has made it easy to bill clients as I can show them the time spent on their projects. I also use it to evaluate the effectiveness of my team.

Pros

I aim to manage my time and Rescuetime makes that seamless.The daily and weekly reports help me to evaluate how I use my time.

Cons

I am also not sure if the software tracks time when the screen is off.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 1-10 employees)

Finally understand how you spend your time in front of your computer

2019-02-16

Pros

The ability to automatically track and cleverly report how you are spending time in front of your computer and how often you get interrupted and switch activities. And I'm still using the basic functionalities of the software.

Cons

Maybe the ability to add a note to mark a certain activity.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jorgen Phillips

Great for staying accountable

2019-12-03

RescueTime brings insights into how you use your time, whether it's in a productive way or not.

Pros

Automatic tracking of how you use your time Easy to use dashboard Great way to stay accountable with your Goals

Cons

Lack of detail in reporting (RescueTime is not a replacement for time tracking for contractors) Always on nature of recording can pose a privacy risk

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Flavio Argemi

Automatic Time Tracking

2019-09-25

RescueTime takes away the stress by working in the background to identify the tasks you're working on, which is great.

Pros

RescueTime works in the background to identify the tasks you're working on and provides insightful reports on productivity.

Cons

Integration with other systems would be invaluable as we've recently moved to a different solution that integrates with some of the other products we use internally.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Franz Baumgartner

Nice interface, but I really don´t use it much

2020-07-16

More appealing interface than Timecamp, but for my type of usage it´s not so great.

Pros

Nice appealing interface, app support for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and Browser plugins for Chrome and Firefox

Cons

The reports show only App and Site details in activity view.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Stephen Shepard

Affordable, Easy-to-Use Productivity and Time Tracking Solution

2018-03-19

Specifically, it allows me to see how much time I wasted on Facebook and how much time I spent working on a project.

Pros

You simply install it on your computer and/or install the various browser plugins and let it do its thing - tracking your activities and time.

Cons

As an analytics nerd, I would like to see RescueTime have even more tracking features and abilities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Arts and Crafts company, myself only employees)

RescueTime keeps me focused and productive

2018-11-16

Pros

I love the detailed analytics on all of my activity. It's great for keeping track on how productive I was for the day.

Cons

Nothing bad to report. it's a pretty simple tool that works well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
Software Developer (Information Technology and Services company, 51-200 employees)
Verified Reviewer

The Best Productivity Tracker

2020-05-17

RescueTime is a great tool and a very necessary one to automatically measure and monitor how and what you spend your time on

Pros

RescueTime is a very straightforward and easy to use time tracker as you just download the time tracking app onto your laptop or android device and it does the rest.

Cons

As an improvement, a feature that might be required is one to categorise certain activities viewed as non productive as productive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Kaila Covian

Not the best time managment software but not bad either

2018-06-16

Pros

Its a simple software to use, that keeps track of how and where you use your time on the computer, it´s really helpful to see at the end of the day how much time you spent doing what and to complete the goals you set for your self and it helps a lot knowing really how much "working" time you spend not being productive

Cons

Since i work on different projects but on the same software or webpage it became hard to track how much of thet time was actually spent on the different programs, so it didnt really work for me

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Marianne McGinnity

Time Management with Rescue Time

2019-12-13

Strong time management and productivity software that helps with personal and professional accountability and growth.

Pros

Tracks time both in apps and on sites, able to set timers, strong reporting capabilities and easy to customize.

Cons

Not all of the reporting is available with the free version but the premium version is not a justifiable expense.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Internet company, 1-10 employees)

A Good Way to Get an Overview of Where your Time is Going

2019-12-04

I keep it running in the background and it seems to work well for me. I'll continue to use it. When it has benefit to me, it's quite a help. When it doesn't, I just don't pay attention to it.

Pros

It also comes in handy to be able to back-track and see what you were working on when you've been lax on your time-tracking duties.

Cons

Some of the categorization out of the box doesn't always match up to your reality; for example, it may track a task as being unproductive when, in fact, it was a productive task for you.

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Michal Lusk

Great tool for staying productive

2017-07-20

Great way to keep track of how much time you spend weekly on business related activities on your workstation.

Pros

Easy to customize: It just takes a few clicks to tell RescueTime which activities are productive for your business.

Cons

I can't think of any cons. However, I have not use the paid version of RescueTime, so I don't know what features or benefits I am missing out on.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Great for freelancers and time-conscious people

2018-05-11

Pros

RescueTime is amazing for tracking your own time.

Cons

The software looks and feels a little clunky, and I wish you had more flexibility with the reporting and activity summaries.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Kyle Schutter

Verified Reviewer

Runs in the background

2018-04-04

Pros

What I like about Rescue time is that it checks how your spending your time in the background, which is much better than other apps that ask you to mark off time for different activities. The free version is enough for me.

Cons

Unfortunately, it only keeps track of when you are using apps and your computer.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
(Financial Services company, 1-10 employees)

Bottom-Up Objectivity Yields No-brainer Accountability

2019-09-21

I recommend it constantly, it truly is a no-brainer because as long as you can install software and spend more than a couple hours a day on computers/phones, you will get value out of it... not just immediately but over time.

Pros

Excellent user-interface, very easy to customize to each user's specific goals if they choose to do so.

Cons

The phone-based apps didn't seem to automatically categorize calls w/known contacts.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mitch Bowler

Keeps me honest with screen time

2019-01-24

I've been a Rescuetime user for years and don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

Pros

Each week I take the report and show it to my accountability group, with the goal of decreasing my computer time week by week.

Cons

Once I had categorized all of my different applications and activities it works well.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Sean Bugeja

Cannot recommend this enough.

2019-09-20

This is the first thing I install in all my new machines and browsers, the information it provides is invaluable and really eye-opening, and really worth the low price-tag honestly. I really recommend this for anyone looking to improve their productivity.

Pros

The amount of information that this gathers is just mindblowing, being available on everything is just awesome. The automatic categorization for apps works most of the time.

Cons

Re-categorizing activities is somewhat convoluted, I've had to bookmark the page honestly so I can get to it quickly.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Design company, 1-10 employees)

A great way to see how you spend your day

2019-03-01

RescueTime helped me be more productive by showing me how much time I was using well and how much time I was wasting in a day.

Pros

The best thing about rescue time is that you don't have to do any manual logging of time or tasks, it's all automatic! This allows you to look back and get an idea of how you spend your time and how you can spend it better.

Cons

I didn't like that when you want to look at reports of your time you get sent to a dashboard on the web.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, myself only employees)

Slightly underwhelming

2019-03-18

I think this tool would be better if individual activities could be labelled as productive or otherwise, without needing to create a new category to apply it differently from similar tasks that are on the opposite end of the productivity spectrum.

Pros

This software does pick up a lot of useful data, and allows you to quickly see what things you do on the computer and how the trends flow during your day or week. There is a lot of good information, simple to install and use generally, and overall a decent experience.

Cons

I have realized that if I customize categories to make a certain activity productive time instead of distracted time, it won't let me change just that one activity to be productive without bringing the entire category along with it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Danilo Nogueira

Full of features but a little difficult to use...

2018-09-19

Pros

Full of features to track time used in softwares, programming languages etc.

Cons

It's a little difficult to configure/use sometimes, depending on your operating system, some tools that you want to track maybe could make you lost some time until get fully configured and usable...

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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