What RescueTime Taught This Company About Productivity

April 29, 2016

4:09 pm

Despite it being part of the business culture for as long as we can remember, productivity is still a relevant hot-button topic. There’s a number of studies and articles on the market about how to boost and increase your own productivity for work, but now we have the chance to integrate that knowledge with products and services developed within the tech world.

Over on the Reflect blog, writer Colby Aley talks about how utilizing a new app increased work productivity for him and his team. The app, RescueTime, uses technology to monitor the applications you use the most and “rates” you against coworkers to help compare productivity levels.

So, why use apps like RescueTime? Well, by utilizing the data around productivity and making it available to the entire team, workers are able to see patterns within their own work habits and tweak them as they see fit.

In his post, Aley finds three specific things that stand out to him about productivity and the RescueTime app: writing code doesn’t take up as much time during the day as he previously thought; productivity isn’t measured just by hours worked, and taking (frequent) breaks can actually lead to productivity increases.

Indeed, increasing productivity is a tricky thing to master, but apps like RescueTime can help you to better understand how you focus, and how you can use that for work and in collaboration with your team.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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