Subscribe to Inc. magazine

A Tool to Boost Personal Productivity

How entrepreneur Matt Everson of Astuteo uses RescueTime software to get more done each day.


As a Web designer, I've always tracked the time I spend on projects. About a year ago, I started using RescueTime to track everyday activities in order to be more productive.

The best part about the program is that I don't have to use it proactively. If my mouse hasn't moved for more than two minutes, a window pops up and asks me what I've been doing, then gives me the option to check off one of several activities -- meeting, phone call, offline work, or break. The program also tracks the computer programs I use and the websites I visit. You can use it to create custom categories as well. I manage a fantasy football team, so I made a list of sports websites related to that.

Each week, I receive an e-mail with a detailed daily productivity chart that I use to pinpoint areas of poorly timed work and budget my time accordingly. For example, if I see that my fourth highest activity of the week was fantasy football, I cut back. If I realize that I spent time cleaning my office one morning instead of focusing on client work, I remind myself to tidy up after hours.

For the past year, I've been able to count 75 percent of my time as billable hours, which is great for a designer. RescueTime certainly played a role in that.

Have you tried a new product or service that helps you run your business? Head to and tell us about it. We run the best comments in the magazine every month.

Register on today to get full access to:
All articles  |  Magazine archives | Livestream events | Comments

Or sign up using: