Lately I’ve been coming across some very clever software. There is certainly some amazing stuff out there.
I must give pause and thanks to Leon Bambrick in particular for the brilliant program that is “Timesnapper”.
The program takes snapshots at regular intervals of your screen and applications. It then allow you to “play your day like a movie”.
There is indeed a “wow” factor to this. Originally the program was developed to assist contractors in billing their time, as they could “go back” and see what they’d been up to.
The reason for this post is not the “movie” aspect. (Although this is cool).
The “Pro” version of Timesnapper has the concept of a “Productivity Scorecard” that uses various rules to provide a percentage of how productive you were. You configure this statistic based on which exes were running and window titles. This works brilliantly.
In my day to day work I don’t even think about timesnapper. It uses minimal resources, it doesn’t “suck”. Now and then I go in and there’s everything I’ve done, along with the Productivity Scorecard to confirm or deny my memories of the event.
If you use a computer alot and need to manage your time, get it now.