Long ago I found Finch for Mac that sits in the background and keeps track of what apps I was in and what the window titles were. It logged everything so I could look back at any date/time and see what I was doing. Example: October 4th at 4:19 pm I was in PHPStorm fixing a client's CSS. I didn't have to start anything but the app, I didn't have to assign things to a client, it just logged every window title change with a timestamp. Example: https://cloudup.com/iC0qbHRElss App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/... Now Finch still works and you can still get it in the App Store but the app hasn't been updated since 2011 and I worry about it working with every Mac update. So far so good, but I'm looking for alternatives. I've looked at other time tracking apps but they require you to do so much work to organize your time or start and stop a timer. I don't want that, I just want it to track everything so I can look back and know what I was doing. Show me a log and I can do the rest. I deal with a lot of context switching throughout a day and I just need a log of my activity so I can figure out how to fill in my timesheet at the end of a day. Any suggestions?
- RescueTime is a really solid product that has been available for years and reliably tracking my desktop productivity. It logs activities silently in the background, and you can come back to it later to see what you were working on. It used to have automatic project tracking (automatically assigning activities to clients based on keywords), but unfortunately that's no longer available AFAIK.
- I've recently discovered Timely and its "Memory" feature (which relies on a Desktop client for logging activities, capturing window/tab titles, just like RescueTime) seems like it could help further for producing timesheets, as it offers a nicer workflow for turning the raw "Memory" logs into total hours worked for a given client.