I have mixed feelings about TimeDoctor. For those of you who are not familiar, TimeDoctor times everything you’re working on, alerts you when you’re looking at Facebook during work, and even takes screenshots of your screen. If you’re thinking this is pretty creepy, you’re not alone.
That’s exactly what I thought about TimeDoctor when I first heard about it. I would HATE to work at a place that took screenshots of my work and made me time every single thing I did…
However, a few weeks ago, I wanted to see how much time I spent on my daily tasks, so I decided to try out the TimeDoctor solo plan. Keep in mind that I tried this for myself – I wasn’t forced to do this by any manager or anything. And for that, I find TimeDoctor to be extremely useful.
Once you sign up, you can download the TimeDoctor app for your Mac or PC, and as you’re working on tasks, you simply time yourself. TimeDoctor also constantly reminds you to keep working. Every time you come back form a break, it pops up with your tasks. And every time I get distracted by Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, it double checks that I’m working.
Now, I can go into TimeDoctor and see how many hours per day I actually work. This has been extremely insightful (hint: I get distracted easily) and I’m now feeling more productive thanks to TimeDoctor.
Again, I want to re-iterate that I’d HATE to be forced to use TimeDoctor by a boss, but for personal use, TimeDoctor is great.
Have you tried TimeDoctor? What did you think?