10 Excellent Online Time Trackers To Track Your Time Effectively

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Monday, December 1, 2008

nternet is not a place of entertainment or big business houses any more. With the exponentially growing use cases of the internet in the last couple of years, we have seen a 15% increase in traffic overall. That is why we are here to discuss a bunch of applications that will not only help you in managing time but also in increasing your productivity at work. So let’s get started.

1. 8aWeek

8aWeek is a neat Firefox toolbar that tracks your online browsing habits. If you feel that your social media participation is becoming excessive and want to restrict yourself, you can get this toolbar, see which sites you spend most of your time on, and set the restriction timings for each. You can also use the toolbar to save sites that you can check out later. This time tracking tool does the work automatically so you don’t need to add tasks manually. That spells a lot of convenience.

2. Wakoopa

Wakoopa is a desktop application that tracks the time you spend using various applications like your browser, RSS reader, email client, games, and more. It also doubles up as a social networking site. Setting up Wakoopa is hassle free and once installed, it runs quietly on your system tray and collects information automatically.

You have an online profile page where you can view your tracked activitiy records, upload your pictures, add contacts and form teams, and write reviews.  There are various widgets you can take advantage of such as ‘My top 10 software’ badge, ‘My recently used software’ badge, a Facebook application, etc

3. Rescue Time

Rescue Time is another feature loaded desktop application for Windows, Mac, and Linux that tracks your activities. What differentiate this from Waakoopa is that it helps you track not only applications but websites as well. You can set the number of hours you want to spend in a day on a particular site and Rescue Time will alert you on your email, RSS reader, or by SMS when you run out of time. You can create groups and compare your online stats with other users. There are Rescue Time widgets for blogs, iGoogle, and Netvibes. You can also create a white-list of sites that you want Rescue Time to pay attention to.

4. Time Tracker

TimeTracker is a simple Firefox addon that tracks the time you spend online browsing by running quietly on your Firefox status bar. You can see the time tracked by the day, since installation, or since your last reset. There are idle timeout, filter, and pause features as well. This addon basically shows your online browser time and doesn’t go beyond that, meaning you cannot track time spent on an individual site. However, for those seeking something simple, it might just be fine.

5. Harvest

Harvest is designed and built so you can quickly and easily track time, log expenses, run reports, and bill your clients. Harvest is also constantly improving as customers provide ideas and suggestions.

Harvest’s graphical reports lets you analyze data intuitively. See how your business is distributing its time across clients, projects, people, and tasks. Turn on filters to highlight just billable, non-billable, employee, or contractor hours. Harvest’s interactive reporting interface allows you to drill down on just about everything so you can get more details when you want it.

Reporting doesn’t stop there–you can also export your time into Quickbooks or CSV format (for import into Microsoft Excel).

6. Mee Timer

MeeTimer is another cool Firefox addon like TimeTracker, but it also shows how much time you have spent on each individual website, in addition to showing your overall time spent online. You can also place site urls into various groups and configure MeeTimer to show you a warning message when you visit a particular group or site.

7. Online Stopwatch

Online Stopwatch is basically a neat tool that provides a timer and a stopwatch. The stopwatch creates an alarm bell after the countdown finishes. You can use Online Stopwatch on its site or as a Google gadget, Live.com gadget, or a Vista sidebar gadget. While it is as simple as any online timer can get and comes without any usage trends, the beauty is that you can use it in any manner you want, like setting a timer for your online browsing or monitoring how long it takes to draft a blog post.

8. Positiveware

PositiveWare gives work meaning by providing a single environment for workers to know what they are working on, why it is important, and how they are doing.

The Application Includes

* Project Management
* Time Tracking
* Budget Management
* Billing Management
* Collaboration
* Performance Management

All time records are automatically integrated with the project management, billing and budgeting elements of the system.

9. Slife

Slife is a time and activity analytics application for both Mac and Windows that automatically keeps track of where you spend your time on your computer. Slife observes as you interact with applications, documents, email and web sites and then displays detailed statistics of your computer usage in a set of intuitive and easy to use visualizations.

10. Fanurio

Fanurio is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its simple interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices.
Whether you need to round time, use multiple currencies or create invoices with your own layout, Fanurio has the right tools to help you get paid.

Bonus: Active Timer

This small app monitors how much time you spend in each application, automatically. Its as simple as it sounds. You can download active timer from here


So, not much to say here. Count your seconds before they are hatched.

[thanks to: mashable.com for some of the contents and exact information]


July 2, 2009: 2:22 pm

TimeWhale is worth mentioning. Keeps it simple. Still in Beta

March 28, 2009: 7:53 am

Thanks for the share Harry.

We will certainly try it ourselves and get back with a review.

Soumya Sinha
Simple Thoughts

March 27, 2009: 8:50 pm

Nice post.

You may also check out https://www.GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

December 3, 2008: 1:14 am

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