Rediscover Productivity With RescueTime – A Time Management Tool for Linux

RescueTime - Time Management Tool for Linux
Written by Jesse Afolabi

As much as the internet and technology as made our lives easier, so has it also made us lazier and less productive than the last generation before us. With the advent of social media, and whole other lot of distraction the internet has to push to our faces it can be extremely hard to focus on one thing for a long period of time and boy oh boy, I blame you not as I am very much as guilty of this charge as you are.

But the good news is, you can get your life back together and rediscover your productivity self – it’s never too late.

RescueTime is a cross-platform application that aims to better your engagement with your work by monitoring how much time you spend by monitoring every possibly imaginable process on your system and how long you spend using them.

The application is proprietary and has both the free and paid side of things called Lite and Premium respectively and you can spot the differences in the image below.

To delve into the pro features, you can head on here.

rescuetime free and paid comparison

rescuetime free and paid comparison

Installing RescueTime in Linux

The installer is a pretty tiny deb file that you can easily download and install from their website, and there’s also a precompiled rpm package for Fedora and similar cousins.



rescuetime data collector

rescuetime data collector

The application basically runs in the background and collects data from your system that is then analyzed for an output of results in your dashboard that is accessible from RescueTime’s web interface.

RescueTime Reports

RescueTime Reports

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There are also web browser ad-ons that will extend the experience – as in help collect URLs to better improve RescueTime’s performance.

Once you have those setup, you should be up and running in just about 60secs. All in all, I wish you a distraction free experience onwards. Also, be sure to let us know if you’ve used it in the past or you intend to and how well it’s worked for you.

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Jesse Afolabi

Jesse is that tech enthusiast you never heard of...he's mainly into things relating to Linux and Android and has an unending passion for both platforms which is why he writes about them.