Hey, the Mac isn’t an iPad, you know? It’s a productive tool. However, his revolting accusation got me to thinking about what time gets devoted to what apps on my Mac so I dug around and came up with an app that tracks what I do in the background.
It’s called Timing Time Tracker, but I’ll call it Timing, even though it’s not really a timing app.
To keep it simple, Timing runs in the background and watches which apps and documents you use, which web pages you visit, and stacks all the data into a rather intriguing chart which displays which app gets used on what and when and how much.
Timing works on Safari, Chrome, Mail, Photoshop, iWork, Microsoft’s Office apps, the Mac’s Finder and a dozen other apps. As apps go, it’s inexpensive and requires little effort after installation. I installed Timing and let it run for a week before checking the stats.
Surprise! Surprise! I waste a lot of time on email and browsing; more than expected. The only negatives I can find are obvious. Timing doesn’t track all your apps. And Timing can make you feel guilty.