(October 22, 2012)
One of my favorite techniques to get productive is to disconnect myself from the internet. The problem is that RescueTime does not work and record your productivity or track your progress when you are offline.
To get the work around, one of the Pro features of RescueTime actually is the ability to record offline time. To do that you can always go in to the dashboard and click on enter offline time manually.
If you are a fresh user of RescueTime, then you’ll actually receive two weeks of PRO features for free. That’s why I know it 🙂
The ability to record offline time is also great if you are productive with any task you may want to do which does not involve the computer. This way you really can track when you are being productive and when not.
For example, my room tends to become a mess pretty often. So when I clean up my room, I think of myself being extremely productive. RescueTime is not as advanced as to record when I’m cleaning my room, of course.
But I can still easy hit the enter offline time button and enter one hour of cleaning my room. Actually now that I am writing this post, I think I should do so.
Well before I get to work, let me just wrap up real quick. You can enter offline time both for any work as for specific projects so that you can track the progress of your projects too. It’s also great if you are in a meeting or doing a phone call for business.
All of these times can be tracked if you add it manually. This of course is an additional working step. But if you are diligent in recording all your productive time, then RescueTime is extremely useful to find out where you’re productive, where you’re not and where you can make it even better.