Hey, everyone. Charity Preston here from Teaching Blog Traffic School. The question is always, are you working productively, or are you just busy? A lot of you might think that that’s basically the same thing. If I’m super busy, obviously I’m getting a lot of things done, and I’m being very productive. It turns out busy and productive are 2 completely different things.
I can be busy by folding my laundry, making sure the dog gets to the groomer, checking my Facebook pages. All of those things definitely keep me super busy. Right? Are they productive, as in did I move closer to my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly goals? Probably not. Yup, my dog is going to look pretty good. Of course my clothes definitely need to get folded, and checking my social media sites is beneficial, and that might get me a little closer to it. The return on investment probably isn’t as great as what could be if I were productively working on tasks that I know would move me closer to the goals that I set for myself.
Today I want to show you a really fun website that I have come across, and it’s called Rescue Time. From what I’m reading, it works on all different operating systems including your mobile devices and your phones, your desktops, your laptops, all of that great stuff. I really like it. Rescuetime.com is what the website is, and it’s pretty cool. I will show you my dashboard here in a second. I just signed up for this. You can set alerts. This is pretty cool. I’m going to show you this. Focus Time. It shows you how well that you are staying on task.
If you’re anything like me, I have to be honest, I’m a bit ADHD on the computer when it comes to working. I might work for 2-3 minutes. Of course I always have 3 or 4 tabs open, and I’m flipping over to Facebook, and then I see an email come come through, so I’m going over to see what the email says so I can respond to it right away. All of those things are not keeping me productive. The best way to do that would be to complete a chunk of time getting something finished. Then, you’ll look at Facebook for a small chunk of time. Maybe go check my email 2-3 times a day, that’s it. Then, spend the rest of the time just chunking out my big work things that will help keep me productive. The things that are going to make you a revenue. Right? Things that only you can do, as in creating products, creating new webinars or videos. Actually, cross-promoting with someone else, building some of those relationships. Only you can do some of those things.
This Rescue Time is pretty cool even if you wonder if you’re being productive, or you’re like, “I’m definitely way too busy.” I would say install it, and just see what the stats say on it. It’s pretty cool. I’m going to go and sign in to show you what my dashboard looks like. Again, I just signed up for it a little while ago. This shows me. I honestly just clicked through a bunch of different sites a little while ago. I could see some of the differences in some of the things. As you log more time, we’ll be able to show you more interesting facts.
It basically breaks it down to your business stuff and then your distracting time. Things that you should not be doing. Then, it sets up a target. You can change this goal if you want to. It shows you what you have been working on in some of those different goals. That’s kind of interesting. When you first start, it gives you a little survey and it ask you, “Which of the following items are the most productive for your work?” Then, “Which of the following items are distracting?” Like shopping, social media, entertainment, stuff like that. You up to 3, and then they have different websites categorized by which ones that it is.
Obviously I’m not going to get a whole lot here for daily pattern, but this is kind of interesting, to see times. You’ll be able to see the changes over times. They give you some cool wall stats. Here it is. The average desk worker spends 28% of their day on email. I would believe that, because I spend a lot of time doing that for sure. You have lots of reports. You can change categories, look at your productivity. Very productive time, productive time, input sources. It will show me these things. You can update your goals and change them if you want to. Create a new goal. Create a goal.
Less than 1 1/2 hours per day in communications. That the whole email thing if you want. All of those different things. I can go back to my regular dashboard. The one thing I wanted to show you. You can set your goals and alert over here. You can categorize activities. You can also, like I said, install this application on your mobile devices as well, so it kind of all syncs up together. You can do more things with you data, with other integrations like ITTT, Zapier, and some of the other things.
The last thing I wanted to show you is Focus Time. Focus time is actually free with their premium account. Right now, if you happen to be one of the random people that are chosen … I don’t know how random it is to be honest with you. If it is, then I got lucky I suppose. Right now, they’re collecting information from the people who are using their application, and for 6 months I get a free premium account. You do need the premium account for this. I think they said it’s $9 a month. I’ll just use if for 6 months and see how I can improve my productivity. Focus Time basically allows you to do what it says. Focus for however many minutes that you say you want to do. It will block any kind of website that doesn’t equal productivity for you. It’s kind of handy. Right. It will unblock it after a short wait, or whatever. It all works with some of these different integrations as well.
You can go in and actually set it up. I want to focus for this long. You can’t get to Facebook. You can’t get to your email for 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever. It won’t allow you to so you have nothing else to do but focus on your work. Right? I can only imagine how much more productive I will be by using this. I would definitely suggest check out the free version if nothing else of Rescue Time. Go to rescuetime.com and check it out there. Then, see on here. It’s showing me some different things. I spent 14% of my time already on entertainment. That’s probably not good.
It will show you what your goals are for each of those. Right? Definitely head on over to rescuetime.com, download it, try it out for a couple days, and see what you think. I would love to hear your comments in the blog posts at teachingblogtrafficschool.com for Rescue Time to hear what you thought about it, or if there’s another productivity app that you really enjoy using as well, because the goal here is not to be busy but to be productive. We want to set our goals, and to move toward our goals. Not just say, “Busy, busy, busy, busy, busy,” all the time. In fact, the most productive people are actually usually less busy, because they found a way to use their time, and work smarter, not harder.
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