You know what they say about performance? “Performance measured is performance improved.” It works for athletes and sales people. And it works for Mac users if you have the right app.
Tracking the time we devote to using apps on the Mac is a good way to improve your efficiency and productivity. If you make a living by working on your Mac (graphic designers, writers, coders, and other professionals), you can use the inexpensive Timing app to track which apps you use, which documents you work on, for how long, and when– a great addition to track your work for billing purposes.
Once installed, Timing works behind the scenes to track the time you devote to specific Mac apps, and documents.
Timing gives you options to track usage by app, by day, week, or a custom period, and displays usage in visually attractive charts.
Tracking takes place for most popular Mac apps, including Safari, Chrome, Opera, Mail, Photoshop and Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Apple’s iWork suite, Evernote, LibreOffice.
It also works well in more technical apps such as Xcode, Coda, TextWrangler and BBedit, TextEdit, and many others.
Working on a computer often means regular interruptions so Timing has a feature which suspends tracking for a period of inactivity (user configurable). As soon as you begin using your Mac it begins tracking the time.
What’s quite surprising about Timing is the value. It’s remarkably capable and just as remarkably inexpensive. If there’s a problem, it’s with the need to become more disciplined about work performed on the Mac.
Timing is nicely done, simple to setup and use, and will surprise you after a week of usage. You’ll be impressed by how much time goes to specific apps (Mail and Safari, for example).