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How to Use:

RescueTime

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First, go to RescueTime website

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Click address bar and type rescuetime.com

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At the front page, click GET RESCUE TIME TODAY

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Under RescueTime Lite, click Sign Up Now

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But hey! If you want, you can click for RescueTime Pro

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So you can try all features within 14 days

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Fill up form as required to sign up

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Remember to check privacy policy and terms of service

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When finished, click Sign Up!

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Click to start downloading RescueTime

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After installing, a RescueTime icon will appear on your taskbar

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RescueTime is now running and monitoring your activities

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Double-click the icon to bring out a window

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Click RescueTime.com Dashboard to start

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At first use, it says

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While waiting, you can check out suggestions below

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After a few while, check your new dashboard page

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This contains an overview of your activities

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displayed as widgets

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See upper right corner that says Get Started

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To get started, we need to accomplish the following

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Since the dashboard is populated, first activity is now checked

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Click Categorize Activities

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Alternatively, you can click Categorize Activities under Settings

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This shows a list of your recent activities Rescuetime detected

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This shows Activity, or programs used with duration

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This shows default Category as Rescuetime assumes

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Click drop down menu to see list of General categories

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Hover your mouse to see a subcategory list

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Customize categories per your registered activities

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You can also make additional categories by clicking this

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Lastly, this is the productivity score to determine productivity value

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Click the - and + buttons to increase/decrease value

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Dont like a recent activity? Click to delete

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Great! Now we finished two activities

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Now click Set an Alert

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Alternatively, click Alerts in Settings

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Click Add an alert

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Fill up needed details and checkboxes

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When done, click save

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Rescuetime will remind you when condition specified is triggered

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This feature is only available in pro versionawww

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Ok were done with Getting Started!

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Lets check out now Time Reports

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Click Overview

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This shows activities by Main Categories

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Next, Click Categories

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This shows activities by Subcategories

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Navigate during different time periods by clicking arrows

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On a yearly, monthly, weekly or daily basis

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Click drop down menu to see different periods of a day

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Click by day tab to see graph of a day period

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Click Activity Summary

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This shows Programs and/or websites you used

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See table below to view a ranking of activities according to duration

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You can instantly change an activitys category by checking

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And selecting from the drop down list

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Click Productivity

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This shows productivity of activities based on specified values

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Next, click Efficiency

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This is where you get a sigh of relief or dismay

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Thats the basics!


Now go see if you deserve to give yourself a pat in the back for being productive OR a kick in the butt if youve been slacking off! ;p

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